ACS Science Coaches

Applications for the 2015-16 school year are accepted on a rolling basis until October 30, 2015.

What is an ACS Science Coach?

ACS Science Coaches are chemistry professionals who share their expertise and enthusiasm for science with an elementary, middle, or high school teacher over the course of one school year. They enhance science education, and secure a $500 donation for the school where they volunteer.

Chemistry graduate students, professionals and retirees volunteer to assist one teacher at least six times during one school year to improve the science education experiences of students. 

Why Should I Become a Science Coach?

  1. It's easy
    Being a Science Coach invites the teacher to identify specific science-related projects, tasks, and questions for the chemist. There is no need to document visits, activities, or how the program donation was used.
  2. Secure a donation for a local school
    The American Chemical Society donates $500 to participating schools in Science Coaches to use to enhance science education.
  3. Establish credibility
    Support from the American Chemical Society provides chemists with credibility when introduced to educators. Initially, school administrators may be skeptical of unknown community members who offer to interact with students. Through support from an established organization, school personnel are more likely to consider a chemist's offer to volunteer. 


  • Chemists and teachers must reside in the United States
  • Chemist-teacher partners are unable to be married to one another
    or share finances