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The ACS Division of Professional Relations has received an Innovative Program Grant to help fund poster-presenting chemistry students to attend NOGLSTP's Out to Innovate Career Summit for LGBT People in STEM.  The summit is the weekend of October 13-14, and is hosted by oSTEM at Ohio State University in Columbus Ohio.  Registration includes all Saturday meals -- including the recognition awards banquet, and Sunday continental breakfast. Professionals and students are welcome to attend, as the weekend is intended to involve networking and sharing among LGBT people in science and engineering at all levels of their career path. Members of the ACS PROF Subdivision for Gay and Transgender Chemists will be presenting a workshop on Employee Resource Groups in the Chemical Enterprise, and will be organizing/judging the Out to Innovate poster contest.


The first day of the program is dedicated to

  • workshops on Leadership and Your Community, Your STEM Interests, Your Career
  • Keynote address by astrophysicist Nergis Mavalvala
  • an Out and Accomplished panel discussion
  • Saturday evening gala recognition awards banquet

The second day of the program is dedicated to

  • a Poster Session (graduate and undergraduate)
  • a Career Opportunities Fair, including interviews and recruiting
  • Resume Writing Workshop


The Chemistry Student Registration Scholarship Application Deadline is September 15, 2012. These are competitive scholarships, funded by the American Chemical Society Division of Professional Relations. You will need to submit an application by September 15; you will be notified on September 22. The scholarship application is appended to this announcement, and can also be found on-line at the Out to Innovate web site. Follow the application instructions for submission of the completed application. Most of these scholarships will cover registration only; a few of them will cover registration plus partially support accommodations and/or travel. Any high school, undergraduate, or graduate Chemistry student or Chemistry major is eligible to apply. All award recipients will present a poster at Out to Innovate 2012.


For complete information about Out to Innovate, visit the Out to Innovate website.  A flyer for you to share with your friends and colleagues is also appended to this announcement.

Although no formal reception for LGBT people happens at the spring ACS national meetings, there are some activities you all might be interested in, as follows:


Friday March 23, 1-4 pm:

Open meeting of the Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Board, Marriott Marquis Marina Hotel, Mission Hills Room. This is an opportunity for LGBT chemists to raise questions, concerns, solutions, and visibility to a fairly new committee that is trying to address D&I for all

people, including LGBT.


Sunday March 25, 5:30-7:30 pm:

ACS Diversity Reception, San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina, San Diego Ballroom Salon C

This is probably oriented to women and minorities, but if LGBT-folk show up, we will be part of the party.


Monday March 26, 6pm:

LGBT Chemists and Allies go OUT on the town, Sevilla Restaurant and Tapas Bar, 353 Fifth Ave, San Diego CA

Join us for an informal gathering for networking and dining.  Here is a menu so you know what to expect and how much money to bring:    It might be a good idea to let the organizer know you are coming, just so the restaurant can be ready for everyone.  The organizer is 2012 PROF Subdivision for Gay and Transgender Chemists and Allies Chair Larry Wagner: LWagner10-at-verizon-dot-net


Tuesday March 27, during the PROF Mentoring for Success Session, 1:30-4:50pm, San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina, Del Mar room

“Mentoring LGBT people in STEM” , presented by Barbara Belmont, 3:15 pm to 3:45pm

This session is generally about mentoring. Barbara's presentation is the only one about LGBT .