Columbus Section

of the American Chemical Society

The Patterson-Crane Award (co-sponsored with the Dayton Section)

The Dayton and Columbus Sections of the American Chemical Society are seeking nominations for the Patterson-Crane Award, given biennially to acknowledge meritorious accomplishments in chemical information, broadly defined.  The award consists of a $3,000 honorarium, a personalized commendation, as well as travel and lodging expenses.  The recipient is expected to give an address at the time of the award presentation.  [More]

The Columbus Section Award

The Columbus Section Award is presented every two years to an outstanding scientist in the field of chemical sciences, including chemistry, biochemistry, biomedical sciences, chemical engineering, materials sciences, and science education. It is presented in recognition of development of professional careers and the promotion of chemistry and of chemists and engineers in the broader community, within the geographic area of the Columbus Section.

The awardee is selected from a group of scientists nominated for the award by their colleagues and must be within the membership of the Columbus Section of The American Chemical Society, as must the nominator.

PLEASE NOTE: All ACS members residing in the Central Ohio area are automatically members of the Columbus Section.  {More]

Outstanding High School Chemistry Teacher of the Year

The award is given every year to a High School teacher in the Columbus Section in recognition for innovation in classroom and program activities. Nominations are sought from high school administrators from more than one hundred and fifty schools. The Award Committee is comprised of members of the Columbus Section High School Chemistry Teachers Interest Group. [More]

State Science Day - ACS Chemical Sciences Awards

Since 1998, as part of its commitment to chemical education at all levels of the community, the Columbus Section has sponsored awards in the Grade 7-9 and 10-12 groups for outstanding projects in the chemical sciences.  The objective is to acknowledge and reward those students who have not only understood the scientific method, but also have exhibited creative thought.

There are usually around 130-140 projects entered in this competition with about 100 entries in the Grade 7-9 group.  All of these projects have advanced from local and regional competitions held throughout the spring of each year.

We award cash prizes and certificates for the Top Three projects in each group as well as Honorable Mention certificates for the other projects that are considered in the final round of judging.

While the cash award is symbolic, the value of an award to any student is incalculable in terms of validating an interest that has usually been developing over several years as well as in burnishing a college entrance application.

Chemistry Olympiad First and Second Prizes

The selection process for students who participate in the United States National Chemistry Olympiad begins at the Local level.  Each year chemistry teachers in central Ohio are invited to send any interested students to participate in a local qualifying exam held in March.  The 60 question, 110 minute, multiple-choice test is provided by the National program and covers topics typically found in a college general chemistry course.  The number of schools in the Columbus Section area that choose to participate in the local qualifying exam varies from year to year but averages fifteen schools and seventy-five total students.  Many participating schools form study groups for their teams and spend hours in preparation.  In addition to the cost of the exam and certificates for participating teachers and students, the Columbus Section provides funding for snacks and beverages for these students. [More

ACS 50 Year Member Recognition

Each year the Columbus Section honors those members who have achieved fifty or sixty years of membership in the American Chemical Society.   Honorees are invited to a fall dinner meeting  (usually in October) as guests of the Section and are presented certificates recognizing their years of membership by the ACS President-Elect and the Chair of the Columbus Section Fifty Year Committee.

At the national level, once persons reach fifty years of membership, they become emeritus members.  They receive Chemical and Engineering News at no cost, pay no dues, and pay no meeting registration fees.