Women Chemists Committee

Women Chemists Committee

The Vision of the Women Chemists Committee (WCC) is:

"Empowering women throughout the chemical enterprise"

 The Women Chemists Committee (WCC) serves the membership of the American Chemical Society. Our mission is to attract, retain, develop, promote, and advocate for women to positively impact diversity, equity and inclusion in the Society and the profession. There are four goals designed to fulfill the mission statement: 

  • Increase engagement and retention of women 
  • Advocate and education within the Society on issues of importance to women
  • Enhance leadership and career development opportunities for women
  • Highlight contributions of women

Women Chemists Committee at Spring 2018 National Meeting NOLA

Spring 2018 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, 2018:

·        Alyssa Hope Antropow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

·        Karen Corbett, Florida State University

·        Caroline Franks, University of Virginia

·        H. Irving, Portland State University

·        Aneta M. Jelowicki, University of California, Santa Barbara

·        Julia J. Jennings, University of California, Davis

·        Irene S. Kurtz, University of Massachusetts - Amherst

·        Sara E. Martin, North Carolina State University

·        Grace M. McKenna, Stanford University

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.