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ACS Local Sections Officer Insights May 2024

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Dear Local Section Leaders,
This month’s Local Section Webinar will feature ACS Immediate Past President Judy Giordan, leading a conversation about the Trust in Science and Scientist initiative. I’m thrilled that we are expanding this webinar to include volunteer leaders of ACS Divisions, International Chemical Sciences Chapters, and ACS Student Chapters.
Join us for this one-hour webinar to learn about training and grant opportunities that are available to empower and engage members to effectively communicate with the public to restore and renew trust in science. This webinar will feature a breakout session to discuss new programming ideas and avenues for ACS component groups to collaborate.
Wednesday, May 15, 2024 at 1pm ET.
I hope you can make the time to join us in this important conversation.
Beth Lorsbach,
Chair, Local Section Activities Committee

Local Section Member Engagement and EnhancemenT (LS-MEET)

Does your Local Section need funding that can be used for specific events, ongoing programming, and purchase of technology or materials? Potential new funding opportunities may include targeted events to communities of local chemists who are not currently involved in the local section, i.e., schoolteachers, industrial chemists, or creating events to bring local section members together outside of efforts funded under programs such as the LSAC Science Café or IPG. Grant awards up to $2000. Deadline May 31, 2024. Learn more and apply.


Reminder to Send Annual Tax Returns

Attention all Local Sections officers! This is a reminder that a copy of your annual tax return must be sent to the ACS Tax Office at This is a requirement per the ACS Governing Documents and your bylaws. Thank you in advance for your cooperation!


Book your next speaker using the ACS Speaker Directory and receive a $200 mini-grant this year! There are over 1,000 speakers and countless topics to choose from. Find your next speaker today at

Add Your Local Section Events to the ACS Events Hub

We are pleased to announce that local sections may now post their events on the ACS Events Hub. A sample of local section events may be found here. Want to add your event, please complete this intake form.


Apply Now: Trust in Science & Scientists Grant
Judith C. Giordan, Immediate Past ACS President, has pioneered this grant opportunity to encourage ACS groups to conceive of and implement programming and efforts that showcase trust in science and scientists. ACS International Chapters are eligible to receive up to $4,500 USD to support programming. Applications will be accepted until June 1 2024. Click here to learn more and apply.

2024 Global Innovation Grant Accepting Applications

The ACS Global Innovation Grant is accepting applications for 2024 from International Chapters, Local Sections, and Technical Divisions until April 12. Internationally collaborative and innovate events can receive up to $5000 USD of support. Apply today!


ACS Program In a Box Is Back!
Plan a free and easy event during the week of October 20-26 for your students and early career chemists, featuring the chemistry of photography and imaging as part of National Chemistry Week. Go to to sign up and get notified when registration begins in August 2024.


Take Advantage of a Volunteer Recognition Award!
The Salutes to Excellence award gives ACS members an opportunity to underscore outstanding accomplishments, achievements, or service for individuals who have made a positive impact on everyday life. A Chair (or designee) can request up to 5 free plaques to present to any individual or organization it deems worthy of this recognition (cannot be a local section, chapter, or division member). Please visit the Salutes to Excellence webpage for more detailed information, and the registration form. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact
NEW Toolkit Resources - Career Development Files
Career Development resources are always a priority for our members but not everyone is always aware of everything that ACS offers! We have recently added some new printable/shareable resources to the Recruitment and Engagement Toolkit for you to share as part of your recruiting and engagement efforts. These are perfect for printing and distributing at your local events or attaching to other communications like the “New Paid Member Welcome” and “Renewal” email templates you will also find available. Check out the full list of templates and resources and download these easy copy-paste documents today. Have any feedback? Email
Are all of your members aware of the ACS Proactive Membership Assistance Program (PMAP)? This is new resource on the ACS website which highlights all the programs, products and services available to them during challenging times. By consolidating all these resources in one place, ACS hopes to alleviate the extra burden one can experience when trying to navigate and identify everything that is available to them. You never know when someone might be experiencing financial hardship so it’s a great place to start when looking for dues support, awards and funding, and career resources or guidance. Please share with your communities today.

Get The Word Out - Share with Your Local Section Members 

Sign up for ACS' Speaker Directory!



Looking for a way to connect with speaking events in areas you have expertise in? Interested in building up your speaking resume? ACS' Speaker Directory is designed to connect experts like *you* with speaking opportunities! ACS Local Sections, Technical Divisions, and International Chapters are looking for a diverse range of speakers for in-person, virtual, hybrid, and asynchronous events.

  • Gain visibility on a international level
  • Share your expertise
  • Grow your professional network

Whether you're a seasoned chemist or starting your career, the ACS Speaker Directory is your gateway to connecting with ACS members in need of talented speakers! Learn more and sign up for the ACS Speaker Directory Today!


Apply Now for Fall 2024 Corporation Associates Grants
The Committee on Corporation Associates (CA) invites ACS Local Sections and International Chapters to apply for grants to support their industry-focused events, including job fairs or panel discussions with industry leaders. For more information and to apply, visit the CA Local Section and International Chapter Grants webpage
CA also offers SEED grants to support the start of recurring programs or events focused on education in the chemical sciences, education of the public on the role of the chemical industry, and promotion of professionalism or safety in chemistry. To apply, visit the CA SEED Grant webpage
Apply today! Deadline for submissions is July 1, 2024, to be considered for the fall awards. Winners will be notified after the Fall 2024 meeting.
ACS GCI Pharmaceutical Roundtable Research Grants
The ACS GCI Pharmaceutical Roundtable invites proposals from institutions of higher education worldwide for its 2024 Research Grants. 2024 Key Research Area Grant Topics - $80,000 1-year research commitment.


  • Alternatives to Halogenated Solvents
  • AI and Machine Learning Reaction Optimization
  • Greener Solid Phase Peptide Synthesis
  • Sustainable Oligonucleotides Process Development
Ignition Grant Program: Ignition Grant proposals can be on any new green chemistry or green engineering research direction of relevance to the pharmaceutical industry. Grants provide $40,000 for a 6-month research commitment.
Apply by May 17, 2024.
For more information and to apply, visit:
NOW OPEN: Online Preference Form for Committee Assignments in 2025
It is time to begin the process of making appointments to ACS Council-related committees for 2025. If you are interested in serving on an ACS Committee, the online committee preference form for committee assignments is the keyway to let us know your committee preferences, your background and your interests.
The online preference form is open until July 1, 2024 at If you need assistance during this process, please contact the Committee on Committees at Thank you in advance for your cooperation, and for all your efforts on behalf of our Society.

Calling All Sustainability Stars!


Attention global change-makers! We want to celebrate YOU and your inspiring journey toward a sustainable future. Over the next 8 months, we are searching for 30 

chemists from diverse backgrounds to join in a worldwide celebration of Sustainability Stars. Chemists globally play a pivotal role in addressing sustainability challenges aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Whether you're conducting experiments in a lab, shaping minds in a classroom, or navigating the early stages of your career, we invite you to share your impactful journey in solving global challenges with chemistry – and nominate yourself for well-deserved recognition! Winners not only receive global recognition across ACS social media channels but also enjoy exclusive perks like a complimentary registration to the Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference (Virtual or in-person) and a free ACS Premium Membership for one year.

Join the movement, share your story, and nominate yourself to help make chemistry synonymous with sustainability on a global scale! Submit your nomination today, and let's shape a sustainable future for all! 


ACS Proactive Membership Assistance Program

ACS has recently consolidated programs and resources that can be especially beneficial during life-changing events such as job loss and natural disasters under our new  Proactive Membership Assistance Program. Our hope is that this resource creates an easier experience to orient our membership community to all that ACS offers should the unforeseen arise. As we face continued global challenges, please share this information with your members and let them know that if they’re experiencing hardships of any kind that we will provide support as best we can.