Greater Houston Section


ACS-GHS Younger Chemist Award


Julian G. West, Rice University

Award Criteria

Purpose: To provide recognition of an emerging young chemist to the welfare and distinction of the Greater Houston Section, as demonstrated by contributions to education, research, Sectional service and/or service to the chemistry community.

Nature: The award consists of an ACS major award plaque and Honorarium and is presented at the ACS-GHS Fall Awards Banquet.

Rules of Eligibility: A nominee must be an ACS member who resides within the Section and be ≤35 years of age as of December 31st of the award year. Contributions recognized by the award must have been performed while the recipient was a resident of the Section area.

Required Nomination Components:

  • Nomination letter, not exceeding two pages;
  • 1-2 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 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


Evidence of the nominee’s outstanding and significant contributions to the chemistry community


Submit completed Nominations by September 10, 2024 at .

Past Award Winners

2022 - Thomas Senftle, Rice University

2021 - Snigdha Chennamaneni - Woodfield Pharmaceuticals, LLC

2020 - Adrian Villalta-Cerdas, Sam Houston State University

2019 - Crystal Young, University of St. Thomas

2018 - Jakoah Brgoch, University of Houston

2017 - Tom Teets, University of Houston

2016 - Eme Abu, Houston Community College

2015 - Loi Do, University of Houston

2014 - Catherine Faler, ExxonMobil

2013 - Alvin Orbaek, Rice University

2012 - Michael Matson, University of Houston, Downtown

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