International ACS Student Chapters
ACS student chapters are organizations for college/university students studying the chemical sciences. Members participate in a wide range of programs and activities that enhance their college experience and prepare them for successful careers.
How to Start an ACS International Chapter
Establish a program that will benefit your peers and support students who want to pursue a career in chemistry.
To start an ACS student chapter at your institution:
- Identify a faculty member to serve as the chapter faculty advisor. Learn more about faculty advisor roles.
- Identify at least 6 students who will become Student Members of the ACS at your institution, and provide these names and e-mails in the charter. As a part of our pilot program, ACS will issue a one-time starter grant to your chapter for your first 6 Student Members!
- Complete a charter application form.
- Compose a set of proposed bylaws. Bylaws set the basis for your chapter’s mission. See an example of chapter bylaws.
- E-mail your application and bylaws to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Once your application is approved, ACS will grant your chapter a charter and a welcome packet that will be mailed to your faculty advisor or the chair of the nearest ACS local section, who will present the charter to your new ACS International Student Chapter!
Next, your chapter will be matched with an active ACS Student Chapter in the United States. Two virtual conferences per academic year will be arranged by the U.S. Student Chapter in order to share ideas, collaborate on projects, or provide guidance.
How to Stay Active
There are many benefits of maintaining an active chapter status with ACS. Staying active means that your chapter can: qualify for chapter awards, present posters at ACS national meetings, gain opportunities to plan meeting activities and symposia, and qualify for exclusive ACS contests.
In order to remain active, a chapter must submit a chapter report at least once every three years and maintain at least 6 student members. The report offers chapters the opportunity to inform ACS about your activities, voice concerns from the academic year, provide suggestions for future activities, and become eligible for a Student Chapter Award.