Funded Innovative Project Grants

Spring 2015 | Fall 2014 | Spring 2014 | Fall 2013

Spring 2015


"HotScience" - 21st Century STEM Research Skills for High School Students
A one-week summer workshop to teach talented high school students scientific skills for the 21st century


Chemistry Under the Midnight Sun
Provide chemical educators and students from isolated regions of Alaska access to chemical education workshops and other resources that will be available at the ACS 2016 Northwest Regional Meeting (NORM2016) in Anchorage, AK.


Education: Interpretation of Mass Spectra
A course of instruction in the interpretation of mass spectra with guidance, sample interpretations, and unknown spectra, conducted by two instructors.


K-12 Chemistry Teacher Appreciation Luncheon/Intro to AACT
Initiative formed by five local sections to promote the American Association of Chemistry Teachers (AACT) to K-12 science teachers in respective areas, showing appreciation for their important contributions to ACS.

Lehigh Valley

Summer Science Spectacular with the Reading Fightin' Phils
Organize a free, pre-game Science Day for kids visiting the Reading Fightin’ Phills baseball stadium on May 31, 2015.


The Chemical Industry in the South: Future Careers, Directions, and Challenges
Host symposia and workshops, as part of the 2015 SERMACS/SWRM, describing future directions and career opportunities in the chemical industry in the Southern US.


The Magic of Chemistry and Mommy Chemists
Host a magic show at a community center to captivate an audience of families with the mystifying and colorful properties of chemistry, providing them with take-home experiments, and followed by a chemistry playdate.

North Jersey

Cyber Science: From the Classroom and Beyond
A supplemental hands-on educational experience for teachers and students linking scientific principles to practical applications, solving real problems and introducing STEM careers.

Northern New York

The Amazing Chemistry Race
Host an “Amazing Chemistry Race” (analagous to a popular TV show) that consists of a fun, one-day competition among local high school teams and local college teams.

Ole Miss

Exploring the Chemistry of Food: Engaging the Ole Miss Local Section and Oxford, MS Community
Engage local section members and the local community in exploring the chemistry of food.


ACES+ (Activities for Community Education in Science, Plus)
A STEM outreach initiative engaging local Philadelphia students and teachers through the integration of the national Next Generation Science Standards into laboratory experiments for 5th and 6th grade students.

San Diego

ACS – West Coast Analytical Chemistry Symposium
Local Section chemists will present their work in the area of analytical chemistry in order to facilitate career development for early career analytical chemists in San Diego.

Savannah River

Science Saturdays at the Market
Host an exhibit at a well-attended local farmer’s market featuring the chemistry of food, arranging demonstrations and hands-on experiments to reach hundreds of members of the community in all age groups.

Upper Peninsula

Upper Peninsula / NE Wisconsin Student Research Symposium
Host a half-day student research symposium on the Northern Michigan University (NMU) campus, allowing students from colleges and universities to present their chemistry-related research in a fun, relaxed atmosphere.

Fall 2014


Northeast Ohio Graduate School in Chemistry and Biochemistry Symposium
Joint symposium to orient undergraduate students to the processes and expectations of graduate school in chemistry and biochemistry.

Chemical Society of Washington

Website for the Capital Chemist
Launch a new web-based newsletter and online community for CSW membership to improve communication between members and local section leadership.


Increased Engagement of New and Transferred Members
Reach out to new and transferred local section members through engaging existing members as greeters.

Eastern North Carolina

Water Contamination by Coal Ash: Public Discussion and Study
Sponsor public presentations and discussions by recognized experts about water quality issues posed by coal ash, and to support student projects derived from those discussions.


Increase Recruitment and Participation of Younger & Senior Chemists, and Precollege Teachers
Invite unengaged members to demonstrate chemistry concepts using candy, and distribute activity kits for attendees to try at home.


Kanawha Valley

Monitoring Water Chemistry throughout the Kanawha Valley
Educate and engage the community about maintaining clean water through data collection.

Kentucky Lake

Science Centers for Children during Local Section Meetings
Develop science activity centers for the children of local section members to attend during monthly section meetings.

Northeast Wisconsin

Chemistry in Cheese-Making Industry - Lecture and Tour
Explore the chemical partnership that exists in processing, material, and preparation method of cheese-making while touring the escarpment by motor coach.

Northeastern Ohio

Bag O' CANDY Science
Invite unengaged members to demonstrate chemistry concepts using candy, and distribute activity kits for attendees to try at home.


Pacific Northwest Regional Career Fair
Regional career fair spanning companies in the chemical industries of the Pacific Northwest for Section members, encouraging students to pursue careers in chemistry.


Wine, Cheese and Chocolate: A Chemistry Flavor Outreach Extravaganza
Host a fun, educational event celebrating the chemistry of wine, cheese, and chocolate at a winery in the Napa Valley area.

San Antonio

An Evening of Chemistry Demonstrations
Annual chemistry demonstration event to be held jointly with the chemistry club at a local university.

Santa Clara Valley

Celebration of Elements!
As part of the Section's 60-year celebration, highlight history and chemistry of two elements at NCW events and local section meetings, and sponsor periodic table at Foothill College.


Open Book: An Evening with Science Author Sam Kean
A free, public outreach event at a local library, featuring a popular science author, to foster science literacy and community engagement with chemists.

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Spring 2014


Making Science and Math Connections Using Nanodays Activities
Professional development workshop for area 6-12 grade educators to demonstrate activities that combine science and math, while relating to Nanodays and material science.


The Chemistry of Brewing
A seminar on the history, chemistry, and process of brewing intended to engage a broader audience from the local community.


Iota Sigma Pi - Women in Chemistry Convention
Project to support ISP (national honor society for women in chemistry) convention: a unique opportunity to bring together the ISP and northern California WCC and ACS.


"Breaking Bad" for Good
Joint Cincinnati-Dayton local section meeting where an advisor will discuss the science behind the episodes of "Breaking Bad".


Student Professional Development Day
Professional development workshops for undergraduate and graduate students to network with and learn from industrial and academic leaders in chemistry-related fields.

Green Mountain

Molecular Modeling Summer Workshop
A two-day Molecular Modeling Workshop for undergraduate students to acquire hands-on experience with industry-standard software applications.


Uniting the Hawaiian Islands Section with Aloha
Traveling section meeting to focus on networking with geographically isolated members and establishing personal connections with the Hawaii section's leadership.


Impress for Success: Workshop for Advancement of Minority STEM College and University Students
One-day workshop in Indianapolis to aid minority STEM college and university students with skills necessary to succeed with STEM-related post education positions.


Maryland Section Centennial Celebration
Celebrating the Section's 100th anniversary with a year-long series of events culminating in an evening at Baltimore’s Maryland Science Center.


Chemical Business Symposium
Full-day symposium at NORM 2014 focused on starting small chemical businesses and sharing relevant resources in order to catalyze future chemical business events in the Section.


Dr. Rachel Lloyd Memorial Conference and Banquet on Women in Science
Creation of an annual banquet and conference in honor of Dr. Rachel Lloyd, with topics to change each year.


Documenting and Presenting the 50-Year History of the Linus Pauling Award
Utilize video, graphical, written, and web-based mediums to capture and highlight the legacy of the award and its recipients.


Project SEED Celebration Luncheon
Held during CERM 2014, teachers and conference attendees will learn more about Project SEED and its benefits through poster presentations.

San Diego

Chemist to Consultant: Launching a Successful Consulting Career
Lecture series to focus on becoming a chemistry consultant, providing a practical framework for breaking into and succeeding at a career in consulting.

Snake River

Developing a Sustainable Professional Development Program for High School Chemistry Teachers
Two-day event to provide professional development activities and graduate-level credit from Boise State University to chemistry high school teachers.

Southern Illinois

Chemistry at the Farmer's Market
Children aged 5-12 to attend a free educational program at the local farmer's market, learning about the chemistry of food, how chemicals are involved in growing foods, and keeping foods fresh.

St. Joseph Valley

Science Spooktacular presents The Chemistry of Candy
Host Science Spooktacular on exploring the confectionary world of candy through a series of outreach events with partnering organizations.

Tampa Bay

ACS Academic Seminar Series
Collaborate with local universities to support seminars, co-hosting guest speakers, in an effort to stimulate local section member involvement.

Upper Peninsula

Upper Peninsula ACS Student Research Symposium
Host a half-day undergraduate symposium at Northern Michigan University (NMU) campus, where students from colleges and universities across the section will present their chemistry-related research in a fun, relaxed atmosphere.

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Fall 2013


Chemistry Kids "Hide and Seek" Web Page
Creation of an interactive chemistry-related children's game via a webpage featured on the local section's website.

Hampton Roads

Synthesis of Biodiesel and Efficiency Assessment of Conventional vs. Novel Methods
A workshop designed for local students to expand their knowledge of renewable fuel synthesis as well as analytical techniques.

Kanawha Valley

Clickers: An Active Learning Technique
Implement Clickers, an audience response technology tool, to promote active learning and involvement of high school students and the general public in chemistry demos and presentations.


Workshop on Chemical Safety
Organize an all-day conference on chemical safety in conjunction with NCW, inviting safety experts to perform experiments safely and fun.


Career Collaborations in the Chemical Sciences
Host a career networking event, in which attendees will ask STEM professionals questions about resume and interview tips, how to find the right job, and learn about ACS career resources. 

Northeast Wisconsin

"Ledge"-ndary Grape Chemistry of the Escarpment
Organize an all-day conference on chemical safety in conjunction with NCW, inviting safety experts to perform experiments safely and fun.

Northern New York

Host a day of fun and informative chemical activities involving high school students and teachers, college undergraduates, college and university faculty and staff and the general public.

Ole Miss

Ole Miss ACS Chemistry Book Club
Engage younger members by establishing a Chemistry Book-of-the-Year reading program to promote integrative thinking and reasoning skills.

Santa Clara Valley

Great America Amusement Park Outreach
Host a public outreach event at the Great America Amusement park, held in conjunction with the 44th Annual Western Regional meeting on Sunday Oct 6, 2013.


Developing a Teacher Summit for Section Educators
Develop annual Teacher Summit, bringing together science teachers from across the region to discuss solutions, issues, and opportunities in teaching chemistry in today’s classroom.

For information on funded IPGs prior to Fall 2013, email LSAC.