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ACS is looking to members in the Kansas City, Wakarusa Valley. University of Missouri, and Ozark Local Sections to perform hands-on activities at the 2015 National Council of La Raza (NCLR) Annual Conference in Kansas City, MO.


The outreach event occurs across three days:  Saturday, July 11 and Sunday, July 12 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, and Monday, July 13 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm in the Kansas City Convention Center. There we will conduct five hands-on activities geared toward school-aged children. These activities will be Producing Oxygen Gas, Glitter Slime, Goldenrod Messages, Making Hand Sanitizer, and Bouncing Balls.


We truly hope you can participate and gather other members to volunteer with you. This is a wonderful experience that will prove to be exciting and rewarding. Please sign up using this form by Friday, June 26.


On behalf of the American Chemical Society, we thank you for your continued support.


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20 finalists for 2014 U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad Study Camp Named

U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad Program is proud to announce the 20 finalists who will attend the Chemistry Olympiad Study Camp, June 2-17, 2015, at the US Air Force Academy (USAFA), Colorado. The students will compete for a spot on the team representing the United States at the 47th International Chemistry Olympiad in Baku, Azerbaijan, July 20-29, 2015.


The 20 finalists: sixteen boys and four girls, representing sixteen ACS local sections and fourteen states are:

  1. Alexander Alabugin, Lawton Chiles High School, FL, Florida Local Section
  2. Soorajnath Boominathan*, Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics, OK, Oklahoma Local Section
  3. Bryce Cai*, Barrington High School, IL, Chicago Local Section
  4. Steven Cheng*, Troy High School, MI, Detroit Local Section
  5. Ethan Curtis, Brighton High School, MI, Detroit Local Section
  6. Miles Dai, Carmel High School, IN, Indiana Local Section
  7. Rueih-Sheng Fu*, Arcadia High School, CA, Southern California Local Section
  8. Jung Ho Gong, Alabama School of Math and Science, AL, Mobile Local Section
  9. Alvin Hsu, Mission San Jose High School, CA, California Local Section
  10. Chiho Im, Choate Rosemary Hall, CT, New Haven Local Section
  11. Shretij Kapoor, Eastview High School, MN, Minnesota Local Section
  12. Priscilla Liow, Liow Homeschool, MO, University of Missouri Local Section
  13. Janice Ong*, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, VA, Chemical Society of Washington Local Section
  14. Mideum Park, West Windsor-Plainsboro HS South, NJ, Princeton Local Section
  15. Kevin Tang, Solon High School, OH, Cleveland Local Section
  16. Anushka Walia, Irvington High School, CA, California Local Section
  17. David Wang*, Monta Vista High School, CA, Santa Clara Valley Local Section
  18. Richard Wang*, North Hollywood High School, CA, Southern California Local Section
  19. Yue Zhang*, DuPont Manual High School, KY, Louisville Local Section
  20. Megan Zhao*, Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School, OH, Cleveland Local Section


* Students who participated in 2014 USNCO Study Camp


At the Study Camp the students will be mentored by faculty of the Department of Chemistry of the USAFA and the following mentors:

Dr. Kelli Slunt, University of Mary Washington, VA, Head Mentor

Dr. Michael Danahy, Bowdoin College, ME, College Mentor

Dr. Patrick Chan, Benjamin N. Cardozo High School, NY, High School Mentor

Mr. Jacob Sanders, Harvard University, MA, Peer Mentor

The deadline to apply for a Local Section Science Café Mini-Grant is May 31, 2015. Funds of up to $400 are available to assist Local Sections in hosting a Science Café in their community.

The LSAC Science Cafe Mini-Grant Application must be submitted by the Local Section Chair.

Learn more about Science Cafés and apply online.


Note: if your Section was awarded this mini-grant in 2014, your section must submit a summary report if it wishes to be considered for this grant period.


If you have questions, please contact

SOCMA’s Chemical Operator Training Program provides comprehensive material to help your new employees to become informed, knowledgeable and safety-conscious plant operators.  The 14-chapter curriculum covers topics ranging from the fundamentals of math, chemistry and work/energy to reactor operation and plant economics. It serves as a great resource for guidance of systems, practices and processes. If your facility is required to be certified under Process Safety Management, the program also assists with OSHA compliance. To learn more about this training program, click here.  

SOCMA is currently expanding its focus to the community college and job training center sector with the goal of offering the training as a 3-credit semester long course. One of the challenges faced by schools is securing qualified local instructors.  If you are interested in serving as an instructor, contact Tatiana Letcheva directly at, or (202) 465-4903.

Do you know an ACS member who is an outreach super-star? Or do you conduct outreach activities for lay audiences?  Nominations are open for the Helen M. Free Award for Public Outreach Award, a beautiful crystal trophy and a $1,000 prize.  You have until May 15 to submit your nominations online


Qualifying activities include presentations, demonstrations, seminars, symposia, and exhibits; newspaper or magazine articles and interviews; radio and television appearances; and hands-on science activities with children and/or adults. Venues include public places and audiences may include civic, fraternal, religious, youth, and professional groups.

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Don’t miss out on the opportunity to connect with great talent at the ACS Career Fair


As a member of ACS you are aware of what the high-quality ACS membership has to offer. This is why your company should participate in the ACS Career Fair, March 22-24 at the ACS National Meeting in Denver. Take advantage of the opportunity to meet some of the best talent in the chemical field. There are a number of in-person and virtual recruiting options designed to help your company gain a competitive edge. We also have several sponsorship and marketing opportunities to choose from to elevate your organization and stand out to potential employees. For more information and to register please visit the ACS Career Fair page or contact Garretta Rollins ( or Rosemary DeRose (

Receive tuition assistance while pursuing your teaching career


ACS can help you pursue your dream of becoming a high school chemistry teacher with ACS-Hach teacher scholarships. These scholarships award recipients up to $6,000 for full-time study and up to $3,000 for part-time annually. Applications are accepted February 1 to April 1, 2015.

Classroom Grant Opportunity for High School Chemistry Teachers


The American Chemical Society is currently seeking applications from teachers interested in enhancing their high school chemistry class with the ACS-Hach High School Chemistry Classroom Grant.  Teachers can request up to $1,500 to support ideas that improve student learning and achievement within the classroom. Grant writing assistance and application details are available at Applications are due by April 1, 2015.

Nominations are now open for the 2015 class of ACS Fellows; the deadline for nominations is April 1, 2015. The ACS Fellows Program recognizes ACS members for excellence and leadership in both of two areas: (1) science, the profession, education, and/or management, and (2) volunteer service in the ACS community. Nominations are submitted online and are solicited from ACS National Committees, Local Sections, and Divisions, as well as from individual members. We look forward to receiving your nominations and the opportunity to recognize chemical professionals who are making an impact. Please visit for additional information.





Saturday, March 21, 2015

Hyatt Regency Denver Hotel at the Colorado Convention Center

Centennial Ballroom A


Orientation and Strategy Café from 3:30-6:00 PM

Reception with ACS Committees at 6:00 PM


Come and meet other ACS leaders, learn more about the Society, receive information about ACS committees, and establish mentoring relationships.


If you are a new Councilor or an Alternate Councilor, please mark your calendars for this event and respond to Semora Smith at


Please respond by February 20, 2015

We Hope to See You in DENVER!


Saturday, March 21, 2015

Hyatt Regency Denver Hotel at the Colorado Convention Center

Capitol Ballroom 3


Orientation and Strategy Café from 3:30-6:00 PM

Reception with ACS Committees at 7:00 PM


Come and meet other ACS leaders, learn more about the Society, receive information about ACS committees, and establish mentoring relationships.


If you are a new Councilor or an Alternate Councilor, please mark your calendars for this event and respond to Semora Smith at


Please respond by February 20, 2015

We Hope to See You in DENVER!

The LSAC Subcommittee on Grants and Awards is now accepting Local Section Innovative Project Grant (IPG) proposals through January 31, 2015. The purpose of the Local Section IPG Program is seed projects in local sections to increase member involvement, improve services to members, and increase the public's understanding of chemistry. Each local section IPG proposal can be funded up to $3,000. It is a requirement that local sections submit final reports for any previously funded IPGs in order to be considered for new proposals. LSAC looks forward to reviewing many competitive proposals this round!

Contact with any questions you have.

Sent on behalf of Dr. Alan M. Ehrlich

Vice Chair, ACS Council Policy Committee (CPC)


To the ACS Local Section & Division Chairs and Councilors,


Election to Council represents, for many, a first opportunity to participate as a volunteer leader at the national level.  The American Chemical Society would like to thank you for your leadership and commitment to our vision, “Improving people’s lives through the transforming power of chemistry.” 


As Vice-Chair of the Council Policy Committee (CPC) and Chair of its Long-Range Planning Subcommittee, I would like to ask for your support with encouraging new leaders from your local sections and divisions to attend special events that are being planned in 2015. All newly elected Councilors and Alternate Councilors are asked to participate in a one-hour New Councilor Webinar scheduled on February 3 at 3:00 p.m.; the ACS New Councilor Orientation Program which will take place at the ACS 2015 Spring National Meeting in Denver, CO on Saturday, March 21 at 4:00 p.m.; and the ACS Council Meeting on Wednesday, March 25 at 8:00 a.m. 


These events are being planned to help new Councilors prepare for their first national meeting as a new Councilor and become more familiar with ACS and the responsibilities of being a Councilor. They will receive information on ways to enhance their leadership skills, and become more involved with the ACS community.  Given the importance of the new role, CPC has established the ACS Councilor Mentorship Program.  We have assembled a number of experienced leaders who have volunteered to be a key resource for our new leaders.


The following is a schedule of events for advance planning. If you have any questions regarding the schedule or information relating to the events, please send a message to and someone will respond to assist you.


Thanks again, for your willingness to serve the American Chemical Society!

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 .