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Deadline for applications: February 20th of odd numbered years

The Charles G. Overberger International Prize for Excellence in Polymer Research recognizes and encourages accomplishments of unusual merit in the field of basic or applied polymer science, from researchers from anywhere in the world. The award is presented biennially.

Award: The recipient will present an address at the following Annual Macromolecular Science & Engineering Symposium (typically held in October). Travel expenses, a monetary prize, and a plaque will be presented at this special event. The recipient will also receive special recognition at the ACS National Meeting held in the spring of the same year. The award shall be granted to an individual without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, or sexual orientation.

Eligibility: Consideration will be given to an individual or team for significant contributions in furthering polymer education.

Nomination: Nomination packages should be sent by email as a single PDF file (not to exceed 100 pages) to Prof. Jinsang Kim ( and should include (in order):

  • A synopsis of the accomplishments of the nominee
  • Nominee’s curriculum vitae
  • Up to 5 representative publications of the nominee
  • Up to 3 supporting letters which provide factual information about the candidate not provided in the nominating document

Previous Awardees

2021 Zhenan Bao
2019 Kenneth Wagener
2017 Craig Hawker
2015 Krysztof Matyjaszewsi
2013 James McGrath

For more information about the previous awardees, please see:

Charles G. Overberger Award- Previous Awardees

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