Awards presented by the North American Catalysis Society
The North American Catalysis Society (NACS) sponsors six prestigious awards and lectureships to recognize the accomplishments of catalysis scientists, technologists, and engineers and to promote the advancement of catalysis science and technology in North America and world-wide. See below for specific information about each award.
Three of these awards include plenary lectures at NACS biennial meetings (Eugene J. Houdry Award in Applied Catalysis, Paul H. Emmett Award in Fundamental Catalysis, and Michel Boudart Award for the Advancement of Catalysis, the latter jointly presented with the European Federation of Catalysis Societies and NACS). The F.G. Ciapetta and Robert Burwell Lectureships in Catalysis involve lectures at local club/society meetings and the presentation of the awards at the NACS meeting banquet. The NACS Award for Distinguished Service in the Advancement of Catalysis is the most recent recognition instituted by the Society. Each of these awards is presented at a NACS meeting. Nomination deadlines are listed on the NACS web site; each award has a separate deadline.
Canvassing and Nomination Processes
NACS encourages all nominations for these awards. Nominators and nominees need not be NACS members. The President of NACS instructs the Vice President of NACS to form a canvassing committee for each cycle of each award to ensure a full slate of outstanding candidates. This committee for each award consists of recognized experts within the catalysis community at-large, and the committee membership is varied to ensure representation of a broad spectrum of the community and to include people from underrepresented groups. The committee identifies worthy candidates, and, together with the Vice President, seeks nominators for each candidate but provides no specific guidance about the preparation of nomination packages beyond that provided on the NACS web site. The Vice President also instructs the Secretary of NACS to be in contact with representatives of each of the local NACS clubs/societies to request that they canvas for nominations within their local sections. All nomination cycles and deadlines for nominations are announced in the quarterly NACS newsletter and posted on the NACS website. The deadlines are strictly followed.
Award Recipient Nomination Process
The jury that selects each NACS award recipient consists of scientists, engineers, and technologists recognized as experts and representing industry, academia, and national laboratories. The selection jury is appointed by the NACS President, who seeks guidance in selecting its members from the Vice President and from senior members of the catalysis community. The identities of the jury members are kept in the strictest confidence and known only to the President. The members of each jury must have no affiliation with any of the nominees, and all jurors are specifically asked to disclose any conflicts of interest and to disqualify themselves without prejudice when a conflict exists. The members of the jury are not known to each other. Their communications with regard to nominations are with the NACS President only and are required to be kept strictly confidential.
The NACS President provides the jury with the nomination packages for all candidates within two weeks of the nomination deadline; in the intervening time, potential jury members are asked about their willingness to serve. The NACS President provides guidance to jury members about how to present their rankings of nominees. The members of the jury rank the candidates and provide specific details for their selections for their top three candidates. In some cases, jury members may be asked to again rank the top two candidates side-by-side, after considering their respective nomination packages once again.
The recipient of each NACS Award and the nominator of the award recipient will be informed by the President of NACS of the decision of the jury, followed by the President’s notification of jury members and of nominators of each of the other candidates.
A formal announcement, composed by the President of NACS in consultation with the recipient and the nominator of the recipient, is published on the NACS web site and in the NACS newsletter and may be submitted to other venues for announcement. Each award is presented at the biennial NACS meeting, where the respective citations are read and each award winner receives a plaque.
Procedures for evaluation of nominations for the Boudart Award are broadly consistent with the procedures stated above for NACS awards, but the procedures are determined jointly by NACS and the European Federation of Catalysis Societies