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We have all heard of chemical lab fires and accidents and even 1 or 2 law suits relating to them. In response to members’ interest, the ACS Member Insurance Program is now offering a new Chemical Educators Legal Liability policy.  It provides the coverage necessary for chemistry educators in case of lab accidents. Currently the insurance marketplace offers minimal protection for chemical educators by excluding Contingent Bodily Injury and Pollution Liability from their standard educators’ legal liability policies. This new ACS plan will help educators protect themselves against risks within classrooms, teaching and research labs, and community outreach activities.  With a choice of four risk categories and annual rates that range from $250 to $550, members can select the option that best fits their needs.  If you would like to know more, call 202-263-4018 to speak to the Program Administrator for the Chemical Educators plan.


The ACS Member Insurance Program offers coverages and policies for every stage of life to ACS and AACT members. To learn more about the insurance plans available to you, visit, or call 800-227-5558 x6037.

American Chemical Society offers scholarships for chemists who want to become teachers and grants for chemistry teachers.


Have you ever wanted to teach chemistry? Or do you already teach chemistry, but you need some funding to back a creative idea for the classroom? If so, the American Chemical Society (ACS) is offering grants and scholarships that could make your dreams a reality.


Two types of scholarships are available, worth up to $6,000 per year:


The ACS-Hach Second Career Teacher Scholarships are awarded to chemists with an interest in pursuing a teaching career at the secondary or postsecondary level.


The ACS-Hach Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Scholarships are awarded to recent graduates, graduate students, and post-doctoral professionals with limited work experience and an interest in pursuing a teaching career at the secondary or postsecondary level.


In addition, ACS-Hach High School Chemistry Classroom Grants of up to $1,500 are available for high school chemistry teachers. The grants can be used to support ideas that enhance classroom learning, foster student development and reveal the wonders of chemistry.


Applications for the grants and scholarships are due April 1.


The American Chemical Society is a nonprofit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress. With more than 158,000 members, ACS is the world’s largest scientific society and a global leader in providing access to chemistry-related research through its multiple databases, peer-reviewed journals and scientific conferences. Its main offices are in Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio.

See attachment for information on the 2016 Spring Presidential Symposium in San Diego, CA during the 251st ACS National Meeting.