The David W. Richerson Educational Outreach Award was established through a gift from David W. Richerson, Richerson & Associates. David Richerson is a leading expert in the field of ceramics. He is an early pioneer in the development of high-strength silicon nitride, introducing grain boundary engineering and the use of fracture surface analysis to improve materials. The award aims to foster a culture of educational outreach and community engagement. It recognizes the importance of inspiring the next generation of scientists, engineers, and innovators in the ceramic and glass materials field.

The Award is given annually to honor up to two undergraduate or graduate student members of the ceramic and glass materials community who have made a significant impact in outreach to primary and secondary school students. The awardee(s) will receive a certificate, a $2,000 award honorarium, and registration waiver to attend the ACerS Annual Meeting. The award will be presented at the ACerS Annual Meeting Awards Banquet.

Nomination process:

Nominations should consist of a concise description of the outreach activities (200 word maximum) that outlines its significance in terms of inspiring younger students to consider a career in the ceramic and glass materials field. Supplementary documents such as a maximum of 2 one-page letters of recommendation or evidence of outreach activities, that would aid in the evaluation process are also requested. Nominations not selected will be considered for a total of five committee reviews.

You may start, save, complete, and submit your nominations accessing the acers award portal below. 


Submit questions to: Erica Zimmerman at


Deadline for Nominations:

March 1