Hites Prize


The Hites Prize is open to scientists, educators, public servants, and environmental activists. Emphasis on selection is given to those who have made either sustained contributions or a single, critical contribution toward solving a complex environmental problem. Current and retired employees of Indiana University are not eligible for the Hites Prize.



Nominations are valid for two years. The nomination period will open on November 1, 2023.

Nomination form application

The next Hites Prize will be awarded in 2024.

Inaugural Hites Prize recipient

2022: Alessandra Cincinelli

Alessandra Cincinelli, a renowned researcher in analytic chemistry in at the University of Florence in Italy, was named the inaugural winner of the Ron Hites Prize in Environmental Science.

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About Ronald A. Hites

Ron Hites graduated from Oakland University in 1964 and from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1968. He joined the faculty of MIT as an assistant professor of chemical engineering in 1972, and he moved to Indiana University in 1979. He was promoted to the rank of Distinguished Professor in 1989. He retired in 2020 and is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus.

Hites pioneered a new method of measuring trace levels of potentially toxic persistent organic pollutants in the environment using gas chromatographic mass spectrometry. His research focused on the sources, fates, and effects of trace levels of potentially toxic persistent organic pollutants in the environment. He authored hundreds of papers and several books. He has trained dozens of doctoral students and post-doctoral associates. He was an associate editor of Environmental Science & Technology from 1990-2019. He is a Charter Fellow of the American Chemical Society, a Charter Fellow of the Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.