Developing Student Leaders

How do I attract student leaders to my chapter?

Share the benefits and opportunities of joining the American Chemical Society

Describe Professional and Social benefits

  • Developing communication skills (writing and speaking)
  • Developing networking skills
  • Assistance in attending ACS regional and national meetings

Inform them about Academic assistance

  • Mentoring and tutoring from upperclassmen
  • Assistance with writing and studying
  • Learning time management

Showcase successful track record

  • Publicize your successful events and activities (Tool: American Chemical Society PR Guidebook )
  • Find examples of activities on the ACS Undergrad Blog
  • Contact your college or university media relations department to publicize your events in the local newspaper
  • Advertise with your school newspaper or radio station
  • Use social networking – LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, etc.
  • Get Faculty buy-in; the students will see it as important if the other Faculty members see it as important.

Tailor the activities to the students’ needs

  • Design activities that are exciting and attractive
  • Allow students to create new activities that highlight their skills
  • Develop activities that fit into students’ schedules (Shorter activities; Multiple or different times per week for certain meetings and activities

How can I become a better mentor to my student leaders?

  • Take advantage of training for the Faculty Advisor through the ACS Leadership Development System
  • Encourage students to sign up for student leadership training through the ACS Student Leadership Institute
  • Develop student leader “buddy system” for when the unexpected happens – team approach to officer positions
  • Leadership track – potential leaders shadowing current leaders to get experience, be evaluated, and demonstrate potential leadership abilities



What resources does the ACS have to assist me in grooming student leaders?

  • Leadership and coaching skills training for the Faculty Advisor is available through the ACS Leadership Development System
  • Training for student leaders is available through the ACS Student Leadership Institute
  • Leadership track – potential leaders shadowing current leaders to get experience, be evaluated, and demonstrate potential leadership abilities
  • Faculty Advisor should lead by example and/or provides resources for student membership