The Chemical Industry Council of Illinois and the Illinois Chemical Education Foundation presents:

          The 2024 Davidson Award

      Presented annually to the outstanding chemistry teacher in Illinois


The Chemical Industry Council of Illinois (CICI), through the Illinois Chemical Education Foundation (ICEF), invites you to select a teacher(s) to represent your school as a candidate for the Davidson Award for outstanding high school chemistry teaching. 2024 will be the 58th consecutive year that CICI has presented the Davidson Award to recognize teaching excellence. ICEF will present the winner with a plaque commemorating the award and $3,000 at the ICEF/CICI Annual Scholarship Luncheon. ICEF/CICI may ask you, as the Davidson Award winner, to participate in an ICEF/CICI event in the year. 

Candidates are evaluated on the basis of their innovative teaching methods, their ability to relate theory to practical chemistry, their participation in special programs and teaching success with their students. We use information supplied by each candidate and recommendations from the candidate's Principal/Department Head to determine which Nominees will be observed during an actual classroom visit. 

Nomination forms for the 2024 Davidson Award are now being accepted. 

To be considered, please have the Principal or Department Head complete the nomination card by January 16, 2024 and return it to: 

Davidson Award Nomination Committee
Chemical Industry Council of Illinois
1400 E. Touhy Ave., Suite 210
Des Plaines, IL  60018
Fax - 847-544-5999

You may also PDF the form to [email protected] 

When we have received your nomination choice, a candidate information packet will be sent to the nominee that must be completed and returned to CICI by no later than Thursday, February 29, 2024

Please note that the nominees submitted in prior years, but not selected for the Davidson Award, can be nominated again.  Many of the past Award winners were nominated on several occasions before receiving the Award.  This is due to the many outstanding candidates we consider each year. *Note: If you have already received the Davidson Award, you can not apply for the award again. 

Thank you in advance for your participation.  We hope you will recognize the outstanding chemistry teacher(s) at your school by nominating them for this prestigious award.


Candidate’s Name ________________________________________________      

Candidate’s Email Address ________________________________________

Candidate’s Name ________________________________________________

Candidate’s Email Address ________________________________________

School ___________________________________________________________

Address __________________________________________________________

City ______________________________________________________________ 

Zip __________________

Telephone ___________________________________                    

Best Time to Call _________________

Teaching Assignment _____________________________________________          

Nominator’s Name ________________________________________________

Relationship of Nominator to Candidate: ________________________________________________________________


If you have any questions regarding the scholarship program or ICEF, please e-mail your comments to [email protected] or call CICI at 847-544-5995.