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Charles G. Overberger Award


The Charles G. Overberger International Prize for Excellence in Polymer Research recognizes an outstanding researcher or team for significant contributions in further polymer education. Co-sponsored by PMSE, this award is administered by POLY and presented biennially.


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 present at this special event. The recipient will also receive special recognition at the Spring ACS National Meeting of the same year.


This award was established in 2013 in honor of Charles G. Overberger, an American chemist specializing in polymer research and education. He was an internationally known expert on organic polymer chemistry and adviser, consultant, editor or author of hundreds of technical papers.

Charles G. Overberger (1920-1997) was awarded a B.S. in 1941 at the Pennsylvania State University and a Ph.D at the University of Illinois in 1944, where he continued to work as a research assistant for two years. From 1946 to 1947, he had a DuPont Post-Doctoral Fellowship at MIT, then became assistant professor of Chemistry at the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn. In 1951, he became professor and associate direction of the Polymer Research Institute. Between 1955 and 1963, he was chairman of the chemistry department, and from 1964 to 1967 Dean of Science and Director of the Polymer Research Institute. He was president of the American Chemical Society in 1967.

He joined the University of Michigan as a processor and chair of chemistry, where he also acted as the Vice President for research from 1972 to 1983. He founded the Macromolecular Research Center in 1968 and was director until 1987.


A nominee must me a member or affiliate of the POLY Division of ACS.


Nomination packages should be sent by email as a single PDF file to Julie Pollak  ( Full details of the current requirements can be found on the POLY Division webpage.

Past Winners