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Get Involved in NCW 2017!


National Chemistry Week (NCW) is a community-based ACS program that unites local sections, technical divisions, student chapters, businesses, schools, and individuals in celebrating the importance of chemistry to our quality of life. NCW celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, October 22-28, 2017, with the theme, “Chemistry Rocks!”


There are many ways to participate in NCW. You can celebrate with us by planning an NCW event, such as planning a visit to a natural history museum or National Park. Be sure to take advantage of educational resources for K-12 teachers, including fun promotional products, informational slide decks, chemistry publications, and more.


Also, don’t forget to encourage students to participate in the Illustrated Poem Contest, where students can show off their creativity for a chance to win cash prizes.

Want to get started? Contact your NCW Coordinator today to request resources, materials, and event support.

Will you be in DC for the National Meeting?  Come be a part of history and to help illustrate chemistry’s importance to the world!


Join us at 10 a.m. on August 21 at the 254th ACS National Meeting & Exposition in Ballroom A/B at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., as we try to break the current record of 1,018 attendees, set by Technopolis and Essenscia in Antwerp, Belgium, on May 5, 2015. Everyone who attends will receive a unique t-shirt to commemorate the occasion, along with plenty of other surprises.

Even though we’re attempting to put on the world’s largest chemistry lesson, space in the lecture hall is limited. We expect unprecedented demand for this event, but we don’t want to leave you out. Register Now get more information on attending this special, record-breaking lecture.



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Register Today for the lowest rates to the 21st Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference (GC&E) held June 13-15, 2017 in Reston, Virginia.


Early Registration closes April 28!


This premier Conference on green chemistry and engineering annually hosts over five hundred participants from around the world in industry, government, and academia to share research breakthroughs as well as business and education strategies to ensure a green and sustainable future.


\Join the conversation and experience the growing momentum around green chemistry and engineering at the 2017 GC&E Conference!  For topics covered visit the program page on the Conference website.

The American Chemical Society has issued a statement on the Presidential Executive Order: “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States”.

The American Chemical Society (ACS) will host the inaugural ACS Industry Symposium in Hyderabad, India November 11-12, 2016. The event will feature lectures on Recent Advances in Drug Development by the world’s leading researchers and experts in pharma.


The meeting will mark the launch of an annual industry symposium that will be dedicated to covering topics of importance to industry professionals around the world. The Symposium will feature opportunities for discussion during networking sessions and catered meals.


We are seeking attendees from all facets of the pharma industry in India.  Anyone who is interested in attending is invited to register for the event at For those who are not yet ACS members, a membership to the American Chemical Society is included in the registration fee.

On Tuesday, September 20, 2016 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT


How do deserving and accomplished chemical scientists from diverse backgrounds become ACS award nominees and potentially winners? Join ACS for a short presentation and live Q&A in order to learn the key aspects of preparing for and creating a successful nomination package for an ACS National Award. The strategies discussed in this webinar are based on a recent ACS National Meeting session and will help enhance the quantity, quality and diversity of nominations. Attendees will understand how to better prepare for the creation of competitive nomination packages that reflect how they will be reviewed, how to conduct nomination and selections processes with the same professionalism used for publications and other scholarly endeavors, and much more. Discover more details and Register today!


Jointly sponsored by the ACS Board Committee on Grants and Awards, the ACS Women Chemists Committee, and ACS Webinars

The ACS Senior Chemists Committee (SCC) is pleased to offer a limited number of grants to local sections that wish to sponsor an event or activity that will increase the engagement of senior members and encourage innovative activities that will benefit the local community, schools, or legislative government.


Grant Details:


•A limited number of grants (up to $500) are available to local sections that wish to host an event/activity that meets the above criteria;

•Local sections must submit a grant application by July 15, 2016.  Grant funds are limited and will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis; 

•A summary report must be submitted within 30 days of the conclusion of the event/activity.


For more information, please email Thank you.

The ACS Committee on Local Section Activities is sponsoring two mini-grant programs for local sections: the Local Section Science Café Mini-Grant and the Local Section Bridging-the-Gap Mini-Grant. Local Sections are invited to apply for either or both grant opportunities; the deadline to apply falls on the same date: May 31, 2016. What follows is an explanation of both grant opportunities.


Science-Café Mini-Grant

If you are looking to plan an activity for your Local Section beyond just the ordinary monthly meeting, consider organizing a Science Café! Funding of up to $500 is available to local sections to host a single science café or ongoing science café series in their area. Science cafés provide a relaxed, open venue for non-scientists and scientists alike to discuss current general or special interest topics.

Learn more about Science Cafés and apply online.


Note: if your Section was awarded this mini-grant in 2015, your Section must submit a summary report if it wishes to be considered for this grant period.


Bridging-the-Gap Mini-Grant

The 2016 theme for this grant program is "New Technology to Increase New Member Involvement." With available funding of up to $500, ACS Local Sections are encouraged to identify and implement technology to engage new section members. "New technology" is defined as something that has never been used previously by the applying local section; it need not be cutting-edge.


Potential technology ideas for this mini-grant opportunity can include, but are not limited to:

  • Webinars for section meetings and other events
  • Regional Meeting Mobile Apps
  • Electronic Voting for Local Section Elections
  • Audience response systems (e.g., "Clickers")



Learn more about the 2016 Bridging-the-Gap Mini-Grant and apply online.


May 31, 2016 is the deadline to apply for both the Science Café and Bridging-the-Gap Mini-Grant programs.


If you have questions, concerns, or comments about either grant program, please contact

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.

To supplement the online resources available to local sections on, we are featuring several exemplary Innovative Project Grants (IPG) proposals and final reports. Through reading these documents, you can get an in-depth understanding of the types of programs that LSAC has funded recently. Moreover, you can get a sense of the level of planning and reporting detail that is preferred by LSAC reviewers.

The LSAC Grants and Awards Subcommittee identified the following IPG proposals as outstanding in a particular area.

  • The Akron Local Section proposal involves many members for a self-sustaining project.
  • The Central Arkansas Local Section proposal is a prime example of small sections getting together to share resources.
  • The Tampa Bay Local Section proposal consists of specific planning details.
  • The Virginia Local Section proposal uses a unique opportunity (a centennial celebration) to stimulate member involvement.

Model IPG Reports

If you’re looking for further guidance on how to summarize your IPG-funded activity, feel free to resource these well-written IPG final reports (attached):

You can learn more about the Local Section IPG Program at The next deadline for submitting applications is January 31, 2016.

Contact with any questions about this program.

Visit the Attendee Networking Lounge -- Need a Place to Talk?  Have a coffee, charge your phone, get the ACS Meeting app, win a prize…?

Attendee Networking Lounge

Sunday 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM, Mon and Tues 9 AM – 5 PM

Town Center of the ACS Exposition

Exhibit Halls A&B1

Boston Convention & Exhibit Center


The ACS Insight Lab is a new community just for ACS members. You have the opportunity to join as an online advisor and share your feedback on how ACS can better serve its members and the chemistry community. Join today to get exclusive sneak peeks and early-bird offers from ACS as well as the opportunity to win $100 prizes in contests just for the ACS Insight Lab community.


Visit the ACS Insight Lab to find out more and join today!

College educators are invited to apply for a position as mentor for the U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad program for the 2016-2018 term. Successful applicants are expected to have background in one or more of the areas of organic, inorganic, analytical, physical, or biochemistry with classroom experience and should demonstrate involvement with students in special projects or activities.  Applicants must be prepared to make a three-year term commitment.  ACS pays expenses and travel costs, as well as an honorarium. Applicants must be US citizens.

The deadline for applications is January 23, 2015.  For more information contact : or visit Chemistry Olympiad website .

The ACS Career Navigator™ is your home for career services, leadership development, in-person and online professional education and market intelligence resources. We offer comprehensive tools that allow you to achieve your career goals by landing a new job, finding a new career path or comparing your salary and viewing current trends in the field to make more informed decisions.


Take advantage of opportunities to refresh skills and branch into new areas of emerging science and advanced applications with in-person and online training courses or develop leadership skills that can be immediately applied in school or on the job. In short, whatever your career goals, the ACS Career Navigator is here to help you achieve and exceed them.


Visit us at to get started today.

The United States Senate passed a resolution designating the week beginning on October 19, 2014 as National Chemistry Week. The resolution was sponsored by Senators Chris Coons (D-Delaware) and Pat Toomey (R-Rhode Island). 


ACS received a letter  from President Barack Obama thanking “the professionals and volunteers who are opening eyes, sparking imaginations and cultivating tomorrow’s leaders in chemistry,” and wishing our students “the very best as they push themselves to think big and reach even higher.”