The Catholic University of America



George C. Pimentel Award in Chemical Education Awarded to
Professor Diane Bunce


Diane Bunce, has won the American Chemical Society’s (ACS) 2012 George C. Pimentel Award in Chemical Education for “outstanding contributions to chemical education.” Bunce will receive the Pimentel Award and a $5,000 prize at a dinner at the American Chemical Society’s meeting and exposition in San Diego, Calif., in March 2012. Also during the conference, at a daylong symposium held in her honor, fellow scientists will make presentations on projects influenced by Bunce’s work. Bunce plans to deliver the keynote address on mentoring.

Sponsor: Cengage Learning and the American Chemical Society

Purpose: To recognize outstanding contributions to chemical education.

Nature: The award consists of $5,000 and a certificate. Up to $2,500 for travel expenses to the meeting at which the award will be presented will be reimbursed.

Eligibility: A nominee must have made outstanding contributions to chemical education considered in its broadest meaning, including the training of professional chemists; the dissemination of reliable information about chemistry to prospective chemists, members of the profession, students in other fields, and the general public; and the integration of chemistry into our educational system. The activities recognized by the award may be in the fields of teaching (at any level), organization and administration, influential writing, educational research, the methodology of instruction, the establishment of standards of instruction, and public enlightenment. Preference will be given to US citizens. The award will be granted regardless of race, gender, age, religion, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, presence of disabilities, and educational background.

Establishment & Support: Cengage Learning and the American Chemical Society began co-sponsorship of the award in 2010. Cengage Learning and the American Chemical Society Division of Chemical Education sponsored the award in 2009. Rohm and Haas Company sponsored the award in 2007 and 2008. From 2001 to 2006, the Dow Chemical Co. Inc. continued sponsoring the award upon its merger with Union Carbide Corp. (1978 - 2000). The award was established as the ACS Award in Chemical Education in 1950 by Scientific Apparatus Makers Assoc. and financed by its Laboratory Apparatus and Optical Sections through 1976. The ACS Board of Directors voted for ACS sponsorship of the award in 1977 and 2002