Greater Houston Section


ACS-GHS Joe W. Hightower Award


Douglas Klein, Texas A&M University at Galveston

Award Criteria

Purpose: To provide recognition for meritorious contributions to the welfare and distinction of the Greater Houston Section, as demonstrated by outstanding and significant contributions to education, research, Sectional service and/or service to the chemistry community. 

Nature: The award consists of an honorarium and an ACS major award plaque and is presented at the Fall Awards Banquet. The successful candidate delivers the keynote address at the Awards Banquet.

Establishment and support: The award was established in 1969 as the Greater Houston Section Award but was renamed the Joe W. Hightower Award in 2015, to honor the service to the Section of the late Professor Hightower.

Rules of Eligibility: A nominee must be an ACS member who resides within the Section. Contributions recognized by the award must have been performed while the recipient was a resident of the Section area.

Required Nomination Components:

  • Primary nomination letter, not exceeding two pages;
  • Two seconding letters; and
  • A curriculum vitae or resume that includes a list of the nominee’s honors, professional activities, and additional evidence of service to the profession.


Weight (%)

Evidence of the nominee’s meritorious contributions to education and/or research


The degree to which the work impacts or advances the scientific field or discipline


The degree to which the work was innovative


Evidence of the nominee’s outstanding and significant contributions to Sectional service over their career


Evidence of the nominee’s outstanding and significant contributions to service to the chemistry community over their career


    Submit completed nominations by September 2, 2023 at

    Past Award Winners

    2022 - Christy Landes, Rice University

    2021 - Robert F. Curl, Rice University

    2020 - Roxie Allen, St. John's School

    2019 - Kenton Whitmire, Rice University

    2018 - Michael Wong, Rice University

    2017 - Vassiliy Lubchenko, University of Houston 

    2016 - Jeffrey Rimer, University of Houston 

    2015 - Walter Waddell, ExxonMobil

    2014 -George Hirasaki, Rice University

    2013 - George Bennett, Rice University

    2012 - R. Bruce Weisman, Rice University

    2011 - James F. Stevens, Chevron, Retired

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