The Schoellkopf Medal is the oldest ACS local section award in the nation, and was named in honor of chemical industry entrepreneur Jacob F. Schoellkopf, founder of National Aniline Works and, in part, is a testimony of achievement in chemical technology on the Niagara Frontier.
The first Jacob F. Schoellkopf Medal was awarded in 1931. For 82 consecutive years the Western New York Section of the American Chemical Society has recognized the work of its peers with a citation of their accomplishments and their continuing achievements in the sciences.
Dr. Mark T. Swihart
2013 Schoellkopf Medalist
The Jury for the Schoellkopf Award selected Dr. Mark T. Swihart, Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University at Buffalo, SUNY, as the 2013 Schoellkopf Medal recipient. In making the selection, the jury cited Dr. Swihart
in recognition of his pioneering research in the field of inorganic nanoparticle synthesis and processing, and for his outstanding record of accomplishment in scholarship, teaching, and service in the field of chemistry in Western New York.
2014 Schoellkopf Medal Nominations are being sought
For past Schoellkopf recipients, see the Schoellkopf History Page.
The Outstanding High School Science Teacher of the Year Award is presented annually by the Western New York section of the American Chemical Society to a science teacher after soliciting nominations from 95 area high schools.
The 2012-2013 OSTY is Matthew Hellerer of St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute
The president of St. Joe's, Mr. Robert Scott, provided the following comments in his nomination for Mr. Hellerer. "At all times, Matthew Hellerer is passionate about Chemistry and passionate in “winning” his students to likewise love Chemistry. His passion and his work ethic are readily
apparent to the students entrusted to him and he has often been cited by his former students as the teacher who was especially influential in their development."
The Western New York ACS section recognized Mr. Hellerer, along with outstanding High School and College students, at the 2013 Education Night Award Banquet on April 24, 2013.