Women Chemists Committee

2016 Women Chemists Committee

Women Chemists Committee

The Women Chemists Committee (WCC) serves the membership of the American Chemical Society. Our mission is to be leaders in attracting, developing, promoting, and advocating for women in the chemical sciences in order to positively impact society and the profession. There are four goals designed to fulfill the mission statement: 

  • Increase participation and retention of women in the chemical sciences and related disciplines
  • Take an advocacy position within the ACS on issues of importance to women in the chemical sciences.
  • Provide leadership for career development opportunities for women in the chemical sciences and related disciplines
  • Promote and recognize the professional accomplishments of women in the chemical sciences and related disciplines

2017 Eli Lilly Travel Award Winners

On behalf of Eli Lilly & Company and the American Chemical Society, the Women Chemists Committee is pleased to announce that the following individuals have been awarded travel grants to attend scientific meetings between January 1 and June 30, 2017:

·        Sarah I. Allec, University of California Riverside

·        Alexa R. Barres, University of Wisconsin-Madison

·        Katherine A. Benavides, University of Texas at Dallas

·        Audrey T. Gallagher, Northwestern University

·        Anna C. Krieger, Gustavus Adolphus College

·        Kelly M. Powderly, Northwestern University

·        Elaine A. Qian, University of California - Los Angeles

·        Taylor M. Sodano, University of Michigan

·        Madeline K. Wheeler, Dickinson College

·        Bib Yang, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Becoming Award Ready

WCC continues to support efforts to increase the quantity, quality, and diversity of ACS National Awards nominations.  

Becoming 'Award Ready', a free webinar held on September 20, 2016, covered what nominees and nominators need to know to prepare a successful nomination package:
- What the nomination and selection processes entail
- How to better prepare for the creation of competitive nomination packages
- How to conduct nomination and selections processes with the same professionalism used for publications and other scholarly endeavors
- How to invest efforts to prepare potential nominees, as well as nominators and canvassing committees, and expand the pool
- Why we must make efforts to minimize inherent bias throughout the nomination and selection processes.

The webinar was based on a recent ACS national meeting session, “Increasing Successful Awards Nominations from Underrepresented Groups”, held on August 23, 2016, and a series of ACS Comments:
•Charlebois, A. F. “Becoming ‘Award Ready’.Chemical & Engineering News, September 5, 2016.
•Bodner, G. M.; Kuck, V. J. "Help Diversify ACS National Awards." Chemical & Engineering News, February 22, 2016.
•Jacobs, M. "ACS's Work is not Done." Chemical & Engineering News, February 1, 2016.

WCC also contributed to the ACS Awards Nomination Guide and a single page summary document to guide the nominator in preparing a successful nomination, prepared by the Awards Equity Implementation Team of the ACS Board Committee on Grants and Awards.