American Chemical Society (ACS) Midwest Award

Award Winner: Dr. Theresa Windus

Dr. Theresa Windus (Iowa State University) has been selected as the recipient of the 2022 Midwest Award.  The St Louis Section established the ACS Midwest Award in 1944 to publicly recognize outstanding achievements in chemistry in the Midwest region.  The award is conferred annually on a scientist who has made meritorious contributions to the advancement of pure or applied chemistry, chemical education, and the profession of chemistry.

Theresa L. Windus is a Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at Iowa State University (ISU) and a Scientist with Ames Laboratory.  She currently holds an ISU Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean’s Professorship.  Theresa received her B.A. degrees in chemistry, mathematics and computer science from Minot State University.  She then completed her Ph.D. in physical chemistry at Iowa State University with Prof. Mark Gordon where she focused on hypervalent silicon and phosphorus compound reactions as well as developing high performance algorithms that were implemented in GAMESS.  Theresa examined relativistic effects and developed novel tensor methods in her postdoctoral years with Profs. John Pople and Mark Ratner at Northwestern University.  Theresa then held several positions at government labs including as the Director of Computational Chemistry/Training at the Wright Patterson Air Force Base Major Shared Resource Center and as the Technical Lead for the Molecular Science Software Group and the Visualization and User Services group in the Molecular Science Computing Facility in the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory where she led the development of NWChem.  In 2006, she left government lab research to join the faculty at ISU. Theresa develops new methods and algorithms for high performance computational chemistry as well as applying those techniques to both basic and applied research.  Her current application interests are rare earth and heavy element chemistry and transition metal catalysis.  Much of Theresa’s research interests involve large, collaborative efforts between scientists in multiple fields working together to solve difficult scientific challenges.

She is currently the Deputy Director for the National Science Foundation funded Molecular Sciences Software Institute and the Director for the Department of Energy funded NWChemEx Exascale computing project.  She has served on several editorial/advisory boards including the Journal of Physical Chemistry A/B/C, the Journal of Computational Science Education, Parallel Computations, and the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE).  Theresa is a Fellow for the American Association for the Advancement of Science and for the American Chemical Society (ACS).  She is an active member of the American Chemical Society, organizing multiple symposia, representing the PHYS division as a Councilor, and serving on the Committee on Chemists with Disabilities committee – most recently co-editing the “Teaching Chemistry to Students with Disabilities” resource. Theresa is actively involved in high performance computing leadership including membership in the DOE Future of Laboratory Computing Working Group, co-chair for the Technical Papers for Supercomputing 2010, and cochair of the DOE Exascale Requirements Review for Basic Energy Sciences.  Theresa has received multiple research and teaching awards including a Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer Award for her work with NWChem.

ACS Division of Chemical Education Midwest Award for Excellence in High School Teaching in Memory of John E. Bauman, Jr.

Award Winner: Mr. James Jarovski


  • 1994-1996 Northern State University – Chemistry Major
  • 1996-1998 University of Sioux Falls –BA in Chemistry
  • 2000-2002 Southwest Minnesota State University MA in educational leadership


  • 1999-present – Chemistry Teacher Sioux Falls Lincoln High School
    • HS Chemistry teacher 1999-2005
    • AP Chemistry teacher 2005 – present
    • Accelerated Chemistry 2005-present
    • Head Boys and Girls Track and Field coach 2006-present
    • Assistant Football Coach 1999-present
    • National Honor Society advisor – 2015-present
    • Science National Honor Society advisor 2017-present
    • Stem Circle Club advisor 2017-2020


  • 2011 South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Educator of the year
  • 2014 VFW Post 628 Teacher of the Year
  • 4-time Sioux Fall School District Teacher of the year nominee most recent 2020
  • 2014 SD ‘AA’ Boys Track and Field coach of the year
  • 2014, 2016, 2017, 2019 USTFCC SD Boys track coach of the year
  • 2017 & 2020 SF District Head Coach of the year
  • 2017, 2018 SD Coaches association region track coach of the year.


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