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James Flack Norris Award
The James Flack Norris Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Teaching of Chemistry pays tribute to outstanding contributions to the field of chemical education. The Award consists of a $3,000 prize and a certificate. The presentation takes place at an Award Ceremony and dinner in November, followed by a formal address by the Awardee.
The Award, the first national award for outstanding achievement in the teaching of chemistry, was established in 1950 by the Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society to honor the memory of James Flack Norris, Professor of Chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a teacher of great repute. For more information, please see the Brief History of the Norris Award.
The first award was made in 1951 to Professor George Shannon Forbes, an outstanding teacher at Harvard and, in retirement, at Northeastern University. Past awardees are given in the list of Norris Award recipients.
James Flack Norris Applications are accepted throughout the year and can be sent by email to (  The deadline for each year's award is April 15 with the current year recipient being chosen in May.  Please note that applications are valid for 3 years and can be refreshed at any time.
James Flack Norris: The Man and The Award
Click for a brief history of the Norris Award
Click for a bio of James Flack Norris
Click for a list of previous Norris Award recipients

2020 Norris Award
Dr. Paris Svoronos
The Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society is pleased to announce that Dr. Paris Svoronos is the winner of the 2020 James Flack Norris Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Teaching of Chemistry.
Download brief bio of Dr. Svoronos
Download Dr. Svoronos' Resumé

Our Mission
To coordinate applications and select the Norris Award winner.  The Norris Award is given for Outstanding Achievement in the Teaching of Chemistry.  The Norris Award is one of the oldest national awards of the American Chemical Society.  The recipient is selected from nominees who have served with special distinction as teachers of chemistry at any level and whose efforts have had a wide-ranging effect on chemical education.  We strive to select recipients (individuals or groups) who have truly changed, or greatly improved, the paradigm or effectiveness of chemistry education.

Volunteer Opportunities
For those interested in helping with this award, please see the chair of the committee.  There are seven members of the Norris Award Committee.  Four members of the committee are elected from the local section, but for those who express an interest, there could be other roles you could help with.  Please contact the Chair of the committee, George O’Doherty ( if interested.

The Norris Award Committee: Who are we?
Local Section Members    
  Mr. George O'Doherty, Chair
  Dr. Kuzhikalail Abraham
  Dr. Mark Tebbe
  Dr. Chris Moreton
Members Outside of the Local Section
  Brian Coppola
  Will Polik
Ex Officio Member
  Norb Pienta
  Editor of the Journal of Chemical Education

All Award Recipients ...