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

WCC Group Photo Fall 2018 Boston National meeting

Fall 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 July 1 and December 31, 2018:

·        Tasha Davis, Syracuse University

·        Megan Dumas, University of California, Irvine

·        Maria Fairfield, The College of New Jersey

·        Gabrielle Fleming, Boston University

·        MaKayla Foster, Rochester Institute of Technology

·        Leslie Gallardo, Rochester Institute of Technology

·        Anastasia Gant Kanegusuku, Duke University

·        Melissa Grenier, University of Pennsylvania

·        Brittney Petal, University of Rochester

These winners will be featured in a poster session at the Boston ACS national meeting, on Tuesday, August 21st, 2018 immediately prior to the WCC Luncheon.  The poster session will be in Republic A/B at the Sheraton Boston Hotel from 11am-noon.

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.


Upcoming Opportunities

September 15th: Spring Eli Lilly Travel Award Appliation Deadline 

December 1st: Merck Research Award Application Deadline

March 1st: Fall Eli Lilly Travel Award Application Deadline

March 15th: WCC ChemLuminary Award Nomination Deadline

April 1st: WCC Overcoming Challenges Award Application Deadline

May 1st: Priscilla Carney Jones Scholarship Application Deadline

June 15th: WCC Rising Star Award Nomination Deadline

2019 WCC Activities

WCC has many exciting events planned for the Spring 2019 ACS national meeting in Orlando, FL.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2019 WCC Rising Star Award!  The winners will present their work during a symposium on Monday, April 1st.