Purpose of the Award

The Welch Foundation's Norman Hackerman Award in Chemical Research was established to recognize the accomplishments of chemical scientists in Texas who are in their early careers and to serve as an encouragement to those who are embarking on careers dedicated to increasing our fundamental understanding of chemistry. The award is intended for the personal benefit of the recipient, and carries no requirement for future services as a condition of receiving it.


The award will be made on an annual basis, when warranted, to a scientist conducting chemical research in Texas. On June 30 for the year nominated, a candidate for the award must be within 10 years of his or her initial appointment as an assistant professor or equivalent. For example, for the 2020 award, the initial appointment of the candidate as an assistant professor or equivalent must have begun no earlier than July 1, 2010.

Any person may submit a nomination for consideration, though no person may nominate oneself. To be eligible, a nominee must have spent the most recent three (3) years ending September 30, 2019 doing chemical research in Texas. Directors and Officers of the Foundation and members of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Foundation are not eligible to receive the award.

The nomination must include (a) a detailed description of the basis for the nomination, (b) a complete curriculum vitae including the nominee’s date of birth, the date of initial appointment as an assistant professor or equivalent, and the year the nominee began doing chemical research in Texas, (c) a complete publication listing including a copy of 3-5 of the nominee’s most important research publications, and (d) three (3) supporting letters from individuals in the nominee’s field. The supporting letters should be mailed independently and directly to the Foundation.

Nominations and supporting letters may be mailed to: The Welch Foundation, 5555 San Felipe, Suite 1900, Houston, TX 77056-2730. Questions or digital submissions may be sent to nhacr@welch1.org.

Award Procedure

The Scientific Advisory Board of the Foundation will review all complete nominations that are received in the Foundation office by September 15. If September 15 falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the nomination must be received on the preceding Friday.

The Scientific Advisory Board will consider whether or not any nominee or nominees are worthy of the award, and will recommend to the Board of Directors not more than three nominees they determine are qualified to receive the award. The Board of Directors will make the final selection.

The award will normally be presented at a function on the campus of the recipient’s institution. The current monetary amount of the award is $100,000.