Funded Innovative Project Grants

January 31, 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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June 30, 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.

January 31, 2013


Chemistry Magic Tricks: A Teacher Training Workshop
A series of workshops, focusing on training teachers how to incorporate chemistry magic tricks into their curricula.


Enabling Electronic Program Delivery at a Regional Meeting
Pilot program to provide delivery of meeting information electronically on-demand to participants through use of QR codes.

Greater Houston

Getting Team Members on the “Same Page”
Conduct a long-term planning session to establish strategic focus, build teamwork, increase innovation, and get all team members "on the same page".

Ilinois Heartland

Chemistry Education Workshop
Host a chemistry education workshop for high school teachers and university professors to share teaching strategies and demonstrations.

Kentucky Lake

Adventure Science Extravaganza
Send a group of 40 underprivileged elementary school children to visit a local science museum, in the hopes of exciting them through scientific discovery and steering their future career choices.


Middle School Teacher Outreach
Introduce middle school teachers to chemistry topics and ACS materials to strengthen their knowledge of classroom resources.


CLASS: Creating Linkages Addressing Science Support
Plan, execute, and evaluate an event to assist teachers with the Next Generation Science curriculum, and identify needs and options for other basic support.

New York

Enhancing Student Job Search Knowledge and Skills

Offer free tickets for students and recent graduates in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering to attend monthly Chemical Marketing and Economics meetings, improving their communication to help them make well-informed career choices.

North Carolina

NC-ACS YouTube Channel: Spotlight on the Chemical Sciences in NC
Create a YouTube channel that highlights the chemical sciences in the local section, providing an opportunity to combine creativity with chemistry while being educational.


Exploring the Feasibility of Establishing Subsections
Explore the feasibility of establishing two subsections (Southeastern Massachusetts and New Hampshire) within NESACS for the purpose of bringing the Section’s activities to its members within those regions.

Northern West Virginia

Chemistry Merit Badge Booth at Boy Scouts of America (BSA) National Jamboree
Plan and deliver interactive outdoor chemistry activities to the 50,000+ attendees at the National Scout Jamboree, to be held for the first time in West Virginia in 2013.

Northwest Louisiana

Lighten Up Louisiana—Let's Explore Solar Energy
Educate the community about how solar energy can change the world through inquiry-based learning at an area science center and several local schools.


Going Green with Chemistry
Host one-day green chemistry/energy conference in Springfield, MO, where undergraduates, graduates, professors, and local members can learn about going-green ideas.


Portland Metro Stem Partnership Mentor Training Project
Train ACS volunteers as mentors to work with K-12 students and teachers to increase the number of high school and college graduates who are prepared for the STEM workforce.


Chemistry in Action
Outreach program to bring hands-on chemistry to middle school students, fostering an awareness of laboratory procedures while increasing understanding of how chemistry is used in practical applications.


Chemistry in Emerging Technologies Lecture Series
A new lecture series highlighting innovative chemistry-based technologies being developed at small companies and start-ups in the Rochester area.

San Diego

Science for Kids: An Introduction to Chemistry for San Diego’s Disadvantaged Adolescents
Local section chemists will conduct hands-on demonstrations and introductory experiments at the Monarch School for homeless children in San Diego to enrich students’ scientific education.

Savannah River

¡La Química es Divertida! - Chemistry is Fun!
Establish a chemistry playroom, where local chemists and scientists provide demonstrations and talks at an after-school safe house in a poor Hispanic community.

Southern Indiana

Bringing Organic Chemistry to the Public: Structure and Scent
Develop a new Organic Chemistry-oriented exhibit at The Wonderlab Museum of Science, Health, & Technology, that introduces children to the relationship between molecular structure and scent in a fun environment.

Southern Nevada

An Annual Poster Competition and Exhibition for High School, Undergraduate
Annual exhibition of poster competitions for high school and undergraduate students with themes pertaining to chemistry and art or research in engineering and the chemical sciences.

Susquehanna Valley

Joseph Priestley CO Discovery Video
Produce an educational video about Joseph Priestley’s discovery of carbon monoxide to increase interaction between local section members and promote knowledge about the Priestley House.

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June 30, 2012


Chemistry at the Festival of Lights
NCW celebration during city-wide festival featuring an outreach booth with demonstrations and handouts during the day, and a float in the parade in the evening.


California Community College Chemistry Conference
Conference to inform representative community college faculty and student leaders about the ACS; encourage the formation or activation of student chemistry clubs (or science clubs); and create networking linkages with university and industry.

California Los Padres

The Science of Halloween
Outreach event for the general public and socioeconomically-disadvantaged schoolchildren, with hands-on activities demonstrating the chemistry of Halloween.

Central Ohio Valley

Recruiting high school students from rural Appalachia to pursue careers in chemistry
Develop an educational outreach program to a rural high school, in which students will learn basic concepts of chemistry, in addition to research that is occurring in Central Ohio Valley.


'Meet the ACS' Teacher Outreach Events
Carry out three teacher outreach programs, one in each county in Delaware to inform teachers of resources available through ACS, with the hopes of increasing participation in ACS programs and encouraging teachers to become ACS members.

Hampton Roads

Brewing a Dose Response Curve
A workshop teaching local students beermaking methods, followed by a tour of a beermaking facility. A follow-up workshop will use the same techniques to create root beer, targeting a different audience.


Chemistry and Culture: Discover the Elements of Dance
An advisory committee of four chemists who also dance has planned a program that combines chemistry, culture, education and fun.

Lehigh Valley

LVACS Interaction Nights
Project to increase the amount and level of interaction among professional and student members, and the academic and industry organizations within the Lehigh Valley ACS area.


Mardi Gras Symposium of Chemistry
Chemistry symposium planned for February 2013 in New Orleans: topic is "Topochemistry," where four internationally recognized speakers have accepted invitations to present their area of research.


The Chemistry of Brewing
Event for general public and chemists from academia and industry to learn about beer brewing, flavors, styles, and ingredients.


National Chemistry Week at Discovery Center: Whad'ya Know about Nano?
NCW Nanotechnology event featuring presentations of nanotechnology's widespread use in biotechnology and electronic devices, and engaging the visitors in hands-on activities.

Northern New York

Family-friendly campus carnival (Chemtoberfest) in Fall 2012 including science demonstrations, crafts, giveaways, and a chemistry magic show, to usher in autumn and spread a passion for chemistry to young and old.


Chemistry Carnival
Host a Chemistry Carnival with hands-on experiments and local chemistry research presentations, as a fun, interactive event to engage families of Pittsburgh.

Puget Sound

Graduate and Post-doctoral Women Chemists Retreat
Two-day interactive retreat held for graduate and post-doctorate women chemists, with aims to develop career skills and to make network connections.

Sioux Valley

Increasing diversity and outreach for professional chemists in the Sioux Valley Local Section
Outreach project targeting chemists in the Native American communities and professional chemists working in the government and industrial sector within the Sioux Valley local section.

Southern Arizona

Chemistry Career Café
Chemistry career café to be organized for the benefit of the local members to network and learn about various career options available for chemistry professionals during current economic situation; with a special emphasis on untraditional career choices for chemistry professionals.

St. Joseph Valley

Science Nano Spectacular
Two-day family event that will host hands-on science activities for the community, with a focus on nanotechnology concepts in different areas of science.

Tampa Bay

Improving High School Student Performance in the Chemistry Olympiad
Training workshops for AP and IB teachers to aid in the preparation, improved performance, and participation of high school students in the Olympiad local exam.

University of Missouri

Science and Engineering Festival
Science and Engineering Festival with hands-on demos where the public will interact with local scientists and explore ways in which science and engineering improves our everyday lives.

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January 31, 2012


The International Community Empowerment Project’s Science Summer Program
Summer Science Program headed by the International Community Empowerment Project (ICEP), which serves immigrant communities.


Increase Recruitment and Participation of Younger Chemists and Pre-College Teachers at ACS National Meeting: Conference Fee subsidy.
The Graduate Student Symposium Planning Committee from Binghamton University is hosting a symposium at the ACS National meeting in Philadelphia.

Central North Carolina

Central North Carolina Mentoring Program: Activities and Planning
Implementing a mentoring program for Student Members and Younger Members to increase newer member retention and stimulate activities within the section.

Central Wisconsin

Rethinking Recycling in Stevens Point Wisconsin
Half-day event that educates the public on the fate of recyclable materials.


Reaching New Heights
Enhance the Rocky Mountain Regional Meeting in 2012 being organized by the Colorado Local Section.


Engagement of Under Represented Students in the Greater Dayton Area in Chemistry and Chemistry Related Activities
Engage charter and state schools in minority and underrepresented areas to foster an interest in, knowledge of, and further study in chemistry.


Manya: A Living History of Marie Curie, A Tri-Sectional Celebration
Special networking activity to educate members and their families in celebration of Detroit Section's 100th anniversary and Toledo Section's 95th anniversary.


Fostering Chemistry Collaborations between High Schools, Higher Education and Industries
Symposium held at the 2012 Florida Annual Meeting and Exposition (FAME) and three additional meetings during the academic year to provide networking opportunities between teachers, faculty and industry.


Local Chemical Businesses "Showcase"
The Chemical Businesses Group of the Georgia Section is planning an event to showcase their chemical businesses and chemical professionals.

Greater Houston

Educating and Celebrating 25 Years of National Chemistry Week
Support and celebrate 25 years of National Chemistry Week at a local museum.

Heart O’ Texas

Advanced Instrumentation Workshop for High School Teachers
A 2-day/1-night "Instrumentation Workshop" offered to 10 High School Chemistry teachers in the region, each of whom paired with a faculty partner.


NCW Outreach to High School Teachers
NCW workshop providing local high school teachers with opportunities for networking, ordering materials, and financial support to help them celebrate NCW.

New York

Walking the Brooklyn Bridge to Celebrate Earth Day!
Chemistry students and faculty walk across Brooklyn Bridge with community, carrying banner to celebrate Earth Day.

North Carolina

Project SEED Best Practices: What Works
1-Day Project SEED Symposium is planned as part of the high school program for SERMACS 2012.

North Jersey

Engaging Undergraduate Students within the North Jersey Section by participation in the Section’s Street Fair Outreach Program
Solicit help from undergraduate student population to volunteer to do demonstrations during street fairs and 4H fairs the section participates in 2012.

Northeastern Ohio

Science & Summer: The Perfect Chemistry!
Five-day summer science camp for 50 underprivileged students to engage them in hands-on chemical and life experiences.


Younger Chemists Committee Career Symposium at Fall National ACS meeting 2012
Career symposium examining career paths at National ACS Meeting in Philadelphia for high school, undergraduate, graduate, postdoctoral students, and chemists considering a career change.

Puerto Rico

Between Science and Contemporary Art: The Chemistry of Color
Create an innovative and stimulating educational program to communicate the transforming power of chemistry at the Puerto Rico Museum of Contemporary Art.

Red River Valley

Combined Education and Research for American Indian Scientists” or CERAIS
Establish a research laboratory and mentor American Indian students (CERAIS) through research projects at Turtle Mountain Community College by an experienced graduate student from the University of North Dakota.

Rhode Island

A Science Café for South County Rhode Island/Southeast Connecticut
Establish a Science Café in the South County area of Rhode Island, starting around Westerly Rhode Island and Southeast Connecticut.


Celebrating the Past - Formulating the Future
Celebrate the Rochester Section's 100th Anniversary and prepare for the next 100 years by conducting a facilitated strategic planning workshop at NERM 2012.

Santa Clara Valley

Outreach - Hands-on Experiments with Homeless and Farmworker Families
Section members, undergraduate and high school students will volunteer to do hands-on chemistry experiments chemistry for kids who are "off-the-grid" in homeless shelters and migrant worker families.

Snake River

Biannual Professional Development Program for High School Teachers
Provide ongoing professional development opportunities to high school teachers on a biannual basis starting at NORM 2012.

South Florida

Chemistry Workshop for High School Chemistry Teachers
A training workshop to improve knowledge, experimental ability, and build confidence of local High School Chemistry Teachers.

Southwest Georgia

Great Experiments in Chemistry for Teachers, Students, and General Public
Organize an event that will include lectures and chemical demonstrations for South Georgia science teachers, students and the general public.

St. Louis

Leadership Development Forum
Local section members can learn and develop leadership skills by meeting on a regular basis to discuss leadership styles and share successes and best practices with each other.

Texas A&M

Promoting Diversity of Chemistry Students and Faculty at Texas A&M
Strengthen diversity in the A&M graduate chemistry program by developing a NOBCChE chapter and sponsoring a Symposium for students and NOBCChE leaders from Prairie View A&M University.

Washington-Idaho Border

Alberta Oil Sands - Scientific Discussion and Debate
Public seminar and debate focused on the topic of Alberta Oil Sands (AOS) development.

Western Carolinas

WCACS-SCJAS Chemistry Workshop for HS Students and Teachers
A full-day workshop for high school teachers and students, including research presentations, hands-on lab activities, teacher professional development and a team-focused challenge bowl.

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