The Gene Easter Award is given annually by the Akron Section to recognize an outstanding high school chemistry teacher who combines innovative and relevant methods of presenting chemistry subjects in order to illustrate the importance of chemistry in our everyday lives. The award was established in 1995 and was presented to its namesake, Mr. Gene Easter of Streetsboro High School. The award consists of a small individual plaque that is retained by the awardee, a larger traveling plaque that is displayed at the awardee’s schools for one year, and a $250.00 honorarium.
Nominees are high school (public, private, or parochial) chemistry teachers who reside in the geographical area of the Akron Section. Nominations are submitted by a principal or department head and must be seconded by a peer. Nomination criteria are analogous with the regional teaching awards.