Howard and Sally Peters Award: Criteria for Selecting Nominees

CHAL was pleased to present Howard and Sally Peters with the inaugural award named for the couple at the 244th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in Philadelphia, PA.

The Howard and Sally Peters award was established in 2012 by the ACS Division of Chemistry and the Law to recognize those making significant contributions to, and/or having significant involvement in, alternative careers in chemistry.  Factors that may be considered in selecting nominees and winners of the award are:

  • demonstrated, dedicated, unselfish leadership
  • service and significant contributions to alternative careers for chemists over a sustained period of time,
  • service and significant contributions to the American Chemical Society at the divisional, local, regional and/or national levels.
  • Membership in the American Chemical Society – at least 10 years.
  • Membership in the Division of Chemistry and the Law – at least 5 years and a member at the time of the Award.

The award is named for Howard and Sally Peters, husband-and-wife chemists who, combined, have been significantly involved in alternative careers in chemistry for nearly 60 years.  Both are charter members and long-time supporters of the ACS Division of Chemistry and the Law. Howard obtained chemistry degrees, worked at the lab in industry, and later obtained a law degree.  He is now retired after 30 years as an intellectual property (patent) attorney from Peters Verny, LLP in the Silicon Valley of California.

Sally obtained a chemistry degree and later obtained a Master of Library Science Degree.  She is now retired after working as an information specialist for nearly 30 years in the Information Center of the XEROX Palo Alto Research Center (PARC).  Their contributions, example and encouragement to generations of chemists are well known.

Recipients of the annual Howard and Sally Peters Award will be given an honorarium of $500 (provided by Howard and Sally Peters) and an engraved ACS plaque which will be presented at an ACS Division of Chemistry and the Law scheduled event during a national ACS meeting.

Nominations should be made by e-mail to [email protected] and should include at least one nominating letter (1-2 pages), a background description for the nominee (3-8 pages) and one seconding letter (1-2 pages). Nominations must be received by the first Monday in June of every year.  If you prefer to send nominations by mail, please contact the CHAL Chair for an address.