Introduction, Guidelines, and Directions

Purpose: To recognize the volunteer efforts of individuals who have served the American Chemical Society, contributing significantly to the goals and objectives of the Society through their volunteerism activities.

Nature and Establishment: This award was instituted in 2006 by ACS President E. Ann Nalley as part of her presidential initiative to recognize ACS volunteerism. It was Dr. Nalley’s wish that the award continues in perpetuity at each regional meeting. The award consists of a plaque honoring the recipient with an embedded medallion commemorating Dr. Nalley.

Rules of Eligibility: A nominee must be a member of the American Chemical Society residing in a local section within the Northeast Region and will have made significant contributions to the Local Section, Region, and at the National level. The volunteerism to be recognized may include a variety of activities. Past and present members of the ACS Board of Directors and staff are ineligible for this award.

Submission Process: The Nominator shall submit each of the following. The Nominator and the Nominee General Information Forms; the Nominator’s statement of support, one additional letter of support, and the biographical sketch (or curriculum vitae) of the nominee to Willem Leenstra at via an attachment. Please state the Award title in the subject line.

DEADLINE: May 3, 2019

Required Components of Nomination Portfolio

  • The Awards Committee will consider only complete nomination portfolios as described below.

  • A complete portfolio shall consist of

    • Nominator General Information form

    • Nominee General Information form

    • Nominator Recommendation of not more than 750 words submitted by the nominator according to the guidelines outlined on the Recommendation Form

    • One further Letter of Support from a member of the American Chemical Society, who is familiar with the nominee’s achievement, limited to 400 words

    • A current curriculum vitae or resume that includes a list of the nominee’s positions held, honors bestowed, professional activities engaged in, and most importantly additional evidence of volunteer service to the chemistry enterprise. This must be limited to no more than two pages and the activities listed must have occurred within the past ten years.

    • Communication between Nominee and Supporters may take place.

Nominator:  Submit (only) the completed nomination as one electronic file, with the above components in sequence, by e-mail attachment to Willem Leenstra at by May 3, 2019Please state the award title in subject line.

Presentation: The Award will be presented at the Northeast Regional Meeting of the ACS in Saratoga, NY.  The Awards Banquet will be held Tuesday, June 25, 2019.  It is expected that the winner will attend at least the Banquet, if not talks/symposia of professional interest to him/her. The awardee will be reimbursed for expenses by NERACS as follows: (1) transportation costs in the form of the equivalent of direct fuel expense for distance traveled; (2) two tickets to the Awards Banquet; (3) up to two nights’ lodging in the meeting hotel.

For questions or additional details, please contact

Willem Leenstra

Awards Contact, NERM 2019