ACS Organic Division Undergraduate Awards


The ACS Division of Organic Chemistry is pleased to sponsor an Undergraduate Award in Organic Chemistry that is intended to recognize senior students who display a significant aptitude for organic chemistry and to encourage further interest in the field.

The Award

Consists of a letter of recognition from the ACS Division of Organic Chemistry and an award certificate signed by the division chair. Awardees who are members of the ACS will also receive membership to the Division of Organic Chemistry; those who are not will receive Affiliate status. Division affiliates have all of the benefits of membership in the division with the exception of voting, serving on committees, and eligibility for certain awards. For a full description of the benefits of membership in the division, please click here.


Chemistry departments are invited to select a top graduating senior student majoring in either chemistry or biochemistry who has demonstrated excellence in organic chemistry based on a combination of research experience, coursework and a desire to pursue a career in chemistry. The student should also be enrolled at your institution for the 2019-2020 academic year. The award consists of:

  • Free membership in the Division of Organic Chemistry for a year for all awardees who are members of the ACS; those who are not will receive division affiliate status (details will be provided in the award letter).
  • Recognition on the Division’s website: names of all awardees and their university affiliation will be listed.
  • An official certificate.

To nominate a student, the Department Chair or the Chair of the Department Awards Committee (or similar), should complete the appropriate online form (see below). Please note that only one student per institution can be nominated per academic year.

United States institutions who would like to receive a paper certificate and award letter by US Mail are required to complete the US UGA Application by March 15th. While we plan to send you the official award items by April 30th, once the form is submitted, you are welcome to immediately recognize the student as you deem appropriate. Upon receipt of the award letter, the student awardees will be able to complete an application to join the Division free for one year. Unfortunately, it is impractical to mail certificates and letters to international institutions.

All international institutions and those United States institutions applying after March 15th are required to complete the International UGA Form by June 15th. Once the form is submitted you will be given directions on how to obtain the certificate and award letter templates and are welcome to immediately recognize the student as you deem appropriate. After the list of all awardees is posted on our website in July, the student can apply for free Division membership as described in the award letter template.

Deadline: The next deadline (for US applications) is anticipated to be March 15, 2021 and international/late submission is June 15, 2021.

For questions on the program or problems with submissions, use our Contact Us Form


Past Awardees

Each awardee has been sent a certificate (personally signed by the Organic Division Chair) and a letter detailing how they can obtain free membership in the division (provided the institution submitted the application on time). These items were sent to the nominator for distribution to the student.

Please note that the ACS Organic Division’s Undergraduate Award is different from the longer running Undergraduate Organic Chemistry Award provided by the POLYED center, which is an award designated for outstanding performance by an undergraduate chemistry major in the two-semester organic sequence. In 2019, PolyED has disbanded and the award will not be issued.