Funded Innovative Project Grants

Fall 2015


Polymers 101: Teaching Polymer Science Without Molecules
Develop a packaged educational program in polymer science to be implemented by multiple partner institutions as an outreach activity.


Chemistry In Our Universe
Host a Science Café-type event at the local observatory for members, their families, and the community to expand their knowledge of chemistry through a social evening of exploring the universe of the stars.


Climate Science Workshops for K-8 Science and High School Chemistry Teachers
Jerry Bell, Ph.D., codeveloper of the Climate Science Toolkit, will lead teacher workshops in several school locations in the Greater Bay Area, illustrating various chemical concepts.

Central Arkansas

Five Section Demo Competition
Video demo competition between undergraduate student chapters in the Central Arkansas, Northeast Texas, Dallas-Fort Worth, Baton Rouge, and San Antonio Local Sections.

Central Texas

Chemistry and Color: The Science and Art of Color Chemistry
An evening lecture on color chemistry, followed by a workshop with hands on activities for educators, who will mentor others in a challenge to complete an art project demonstrating a color chemistry concept.


Connecting Our Local Section with International Chemical Societies
An interactive video, Skype-type “meeting” with the Chinese Chemical Society, located in Taipei (CCST), to exchange information about our own sections, what our respective members do, and what our respective chemical societies do for its members.


Inspiring More Than Periodic Attendance
Implement new Periodic Attendance Cards to track and reward member attendance and integrate a clicker system to collect attendee feedback and boost involvement at section events.

Kanawha Valley

Instruments of Hygiene and Education
Provide equipment that will enhance the relationships between the Section and its active ACS student chapters.


Enrich Your Classroom Experience with AACT's Professional Education Opportunities
Host a teachers networking luncheon for Louisville and its surrounding area chemistry teachers to introduce AACT and its educational resources.


ACS x 3MT in Maryland
The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition is a platform for students to demonstrate their research to a general audience in three minutes, helping them to practice their presentation skills and learn how to translate scientific words to the public.

North Carolina

Combination Formal and Informal Joint YCC/SCC Mentoring Program
Implement a collaboration between the YCC and SCC designed to provide opportunities for young chemists to form mentor/mentee relationships with senior chemist professionals through formal and informal networking events.


Joint International Exchange Programming at the Boston ACS National Meeting
Once-in-our-lifetime opportunity to have three international exchange programs together at the ACS National Meeting in Boston, MA.


Undergraduate Insights into Careers in Chemistry Outside Academia
Students to tour two laboratory facilities of PPG Industries, a large industrial company in the area, as well as shadow and interview individual chemists employed in a range of positions within the company.


The Oregon Science Startup Forum, a One-day Course in Science Entrepreneurship
At the Oregon Science Startup Forum, a 1-day conference, attendees will hear the startup experiences of local science entrepreneurs, investors, and intellectual property lawyers, so that they can be better equipped to take specific steps to start a successful business.


Chem-Connect Colloquium In Southeast Texas
A one day event designed to encourage professional relations between chemists in the South-East Texas region.

Santa Clara Valley

Reaching our Southern Counties
Demonstrate to chemists and material scientists from the faculty and student bodies of six colleges in our section's geographically isolated southern half that the ACS exists for them, too.

South Florida

SoFL-ACS Chemical Sciences Student Research Symposium
Conduct SoFL-ACS Chemical Sciences Student Research Symposium at university venue, where high school, undergraduate and graduate research students will be invited to present their work.

St. Joseph Valley

Spark! Leadership Summit for Entrepreneurial-minded Professionals
Bring aspiring entrepreneurs and young professionals together to network, build their ideas, receive leadership mentoring, and engage in constructive dialogue concerning opportunity creation in the current economic climate.

Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay Younger Chemists Committee Project
Increase membership and connect young chemists with careers through mentoring, seminars, and trips to local industrial companies.


Virginia Section Centennial Celebration
Commemorate the Section's 100th anniversary with a gala event on Oct 24, 2015 to celebrate this milestone achievement and bring visibility to the organization within the State of Virginia.

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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.

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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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For information on funded IPGs prior to Spring 2014, email LSAC.