The South Carolina section is pleased to offer a number of awards.  Please notice the deadline dates which differ by award.  Nominations not selected are are kept in the pool for consideration for three subsequent years.  Updates may be made at any time.

Outstanding South Carolina Chemist

Nomination Deadline: January 31.

The recipient must be a member of the South Carolina Section. 

Send nomination letter and supporting documents to W.H. Breazeale, Jr.  via email or via US Mail to 715 High Battery Circle, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464


Professor Michael (Micky) was named  the Outstanding South Carolina Chemist for 2018.  Dr Myrick is known for his excellence in the classroom as well for his innovative research and technology transfer.  Professor Myrick came to USC in 1991, was promoted to Associate Professor in 1997 and to Full Professor in 2001.  

As an educator, Professor Myrick has been recognized with the SC Honors College Outstanding Professor of Science Award, the Mortar Board Society Excellence in Teaching Award, and the Michael J. Mungo Undergraduate Teaching Award.

As a researcher, Professor Myrick has received approximately $4M in research funding for his work in optical spectroscopy and instrumentation.  He has published more than 160 papers and graduated more than 20 Ph.D. students, and he was recognized with the Army Research Office Young Investigator Award and the Gerald Birth Award for Achievement in Near-Infrared Spectroscopy.

Professor Myrick is perhaps most notable for his success in technology transfer.  33 patents have issued in his name from USC, some of which describe multivariate optical computing. 

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Daniel J. Antion High School Teacher of the Year

omination Deadline: January 31

The recipient must teach chemistry in a high school within the geographic boundaries of the South Carolina Section.

Send Nomination Form and supporting documents to Scott Goode via email or US Mail to Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208


E. Ray McAfee Distinguished Service to the Section

Nomination Deadline: January 31

Send nomination letter and supporting materials to Neal Tonks  via email .


Dr. Neal Tonks of the College of Charleston was recognized for his service  as chair-elect, chair, and past-chair of the section. Most recently, Neal was the Graduate School Fair Coordinator for SERMACS-2016.  This outstanding program brought in school from around the Southeast and beyond to interact with undergraduate seeking admission to graduate school.  His efforts helped add to the financial bottom line of the conference but more importantly added to the networking and career advancement bottom line of a large number of participants. Neal was an active contributing member of the planning committee.

Dr. Tonks,  has also been an active leader of the  College of Charleston’s  Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry's outreach program which includes bringing minority pre-college students from Title I schools onto campus to participate in hands on learning activities.  For example, each January ~ 120 students from Mitchell Elementary school participate in a morning long series of hands-on activities.  In February the department will again participate in the STEM Education Day in association with the women’s basketball game which will bring 2600 students to campus.  He also has mentored students from Academic Magnet High School performing laboratory research as part of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute grant.

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Outstanding Undergraduate Chemistry or Biochemistry Major

Nomination Deadline: March 15

Each 4-year college or university within the geographic boundaries of the South Carolina Section is allowed to nominate one  chemistry or biochemistry graduate during the current academic year to be recognized by the section.  Each institution may nominate only one student who has a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA is free to devise their own selection mechanism.  Please send the appropriate nomination form to James P. Deavor via email or US Mail to School of Sciences & Mathematics, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC 29424.


The following undergraduate chemistry and biochemistry majors students were honored at the 2017 awards meeting. 

 Charleston Southern Jessica N. Crane
 The Citadel
 Sean M. Brennan
 Claflin University Kadejah Johnson
 College of Charleston
 Nicholas Taylor
 Coker College Sydney A. Gaster
 Francis Marion University
 Patel Sharad
 South Carolina State University
 Marketa Marcanikova
 University of South Carolina William Ray Capell

Outreach Volunteer of the Year

Nomination Deadline: November 30


This award is given in conjunction with the ACS national Committee of Community Activities (CCA) which established the Local Section Outreach Volunteers of the Year recognition program. Each local section has an opportunity to recognize one individual annually for demonstrating extraordinary outreach volunteer service within the section. The recipient must be a member of the South Carolina Section.

Send nomination letter and any supporting documents to James P. Deavor via email or US Mail to the School of Sciences & Mathematics, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC 29424.


 In 2010, Dr. Chuanbing Tang established the Project Seed Summer Research Program at University of South Carolina. It was the only SEED program in South Carolina at the time. This program has grown significantly and become a signature outreach resource in the greater Columbia area. As both a coordinator and a mentor, Dr. Chuanbing has led the program to attract more than 40 high school students from nine schools. Seventy-two percent of students are females and 60 percent are either African American or Hispanic. One hundred percent of the alumni from the Project Seed Program attend colleges in which more than 50 percent choose chemical science as a major.Image of Chuanbing Tang

50 and 60 Year Service Awards

The 50 and 60 year service awards are presented by the Section on behalf of the AmericanChemical Society.


The following local section members  were acknowledged for their years of service to the Society at the 2018 Awards banquet: 

50 Years of Service

60 Years of Service 

Dr. Richard Darwin Adams

Mr. Bhagwan Dean Daryani

Dr. Ronald E. Hemingway

Dr. Gordon George Maynes

Mr. Thomas W. Starinskak

Dr. Thomas L. Dawson

Mr. John C. Nowakoski

Mr. James A. Williamson, Jr.                                      


 Seventy-Four Years of Service       Dr. Louis Foster Theiling, Jr.

           Seventy-Five Years of Service      Mr. Max Gustave Gergel

Industrial Innovation Award

Nomination Deadline: January 31

This award celebrates successful innovations of industrial chemists and chemical engineers that contribute to the health of their local and regional economy and the corporate leadership for its advancement of a healthy economy. Awards are given to individuals and teams whose creative innovations have contributed to the commercial success of their company and, consequently, to the good of the community and society.

Send nomination letter and supporting documents to James P. Deavor via email or US Mail to the School of Sciences & Mathematics, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC 29424.

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