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Graduate Student Organizations (GSOs)

The American Chemical Society is excited to launch its Graduate Student Organizations (GSOs). ACS-GSOs are communities for graduate students who are interested in networking, career preparation, outreach, and professional development.

ACS invites graduate students and existing GSOs in chemical science departments across the country to help shape this program. ACS envisions this as a joint initiative where mutual learning would take place.

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Who can participate

Graduate students in the chemical sciences who are interested in affiliating their current GSO with ACS or chartering an ACS-GSO at their institution are encouraged to fill out the sign-up form linked above. Once completed, we will reach out to you with the next steps. 

How to get involved

ACS is searching for motivated volunteers to participate in this program. This is your chance to help shape the Graduate Student Organizations program for the broader chemical science community. Before you sign up, be sure that you have at least five (5) fellow graduate students who are motivated and interested in getting involved and that you have identified a faculty member who will serve as your adviser.

  1. Identify colleagues interested in being a part of your department's ACS-GSO (to be eligible, you must have at least 6 graduate students (including yourself) who are in your department, are interested, and are active ACS members).
  2. Identify a faculty advisor who is an ACS member in good standing.
  3. Draft bylaws based on the template above.
  4. Complete the signup formed linked above.

Starter Grants

Starter Grants are available to support the creation of new ACS-GSOs. These grants are for up to $300 and must be used to directly support the chartering of an ACS-GSO. Applications are reviewed on the first-come, first-served basis as funds are limited. 

Other Grants:

ACS 2021 Student Group Development & Engagement Grant: 

The purpose of this grant is to support outreach events, group engagement or growth, and career and professional development. Learn more by clicking below!

2021 ACS DEIR Chapter Officer/Faculty Advisor Grant

This grant will support professional development endeavors intended to increase and support diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect (DEIR) within student chapters and GSOs. Applicants can apply to receive funds for DEIR professional development opportunities, such as courses, training, chapter speakers, materials, etc. The goal of this grant is to help create more inclusive and respectful spaces within ACS student groups. Learn more by clicking below!


If you are interested in learning more about becoming an ACS-GSO, email

*As the ACS-GSO Program grows, requirements are subject to change.