The Frontiers of Glass Science and the Frontiers of Glass Technology lectures are designed to encourage scientific and technical dialogue in glass topics of significance that define new horizons, highlight new research concepts, or demonstrate the potential to develop products and processes for the benefit of humankind. While the Frontiers of Glass Science lecture focuses on advances in the basic science of glass, the Frontiers of Glass Technology lecture concentrates on new breakthroughs in glass technology or new glass products or applications. The lectures are presented at the annual Glass and Optical Materials Division meeting. The Varshneya awards committee will select the lecturers, although nominations from membership are invited.

Please submit the online form below including names of individuals who have helped to define new horizons in glass science and technology by September 1. Include a paragraph or two outlining why you think the nominee should be selected. Some questions to consider:

(1) What new contribution in glass science or technology has the nominee made that is or are worthy of recognition?

(2) How would the development encourage scientific dialog or help bring new products/processes/applications to market?

(3) How would it benefit mankind at large?

Any additional information, such as a CV or list of high-impact publications, is also encouraged as part of the nomination. International nominations are encouraged. The choice of lecturers may be from within or outside of the Society. The award consists of a travel stipend of up to $2,500, a commemorative glass piece and a framed certificate.

Announcing ACerS new 2023 Society Awards nomination portal! You may start, save, complete, and submit your nominations accessing this convenient portal below. 

acers award portal

For questions, contact Erica Zimmerman at

Deadline for Nominations:

September 1, annually