Charles G. Overberger International Prize

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 anywhere in the world. The award is presented biennially.

Award: The recipient will present an address at the 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 research and education.

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

Deadline: February 20, 2023

Previous Awardees:

2021          Zhenan Bao
2019          Kenneth Wagener
2017          Craig Hawker
2015          Krysztof Matyjaszewski
2013          James McGrath
2011          Yoshio Okamoto