Funded Innovative Project Grants

Fall 2017

Central New Mexico

Chemistry Day at the Los Alamos National Lab
Host a Chemistry Day at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), where 100 selected LANL summer students will tour chemistry facilities and observe a selection of the chemical research conducted at the national lab.

Central North Carolina

SERMACS 2017 Diversity Programs
Spotlight diversity programming by supporting registrations and subsidizing cost of symposia and luncheon at SERMACS 2017.

Central Texas

Central Texas Local Section Centennial Celebration
Recognize 100 years of community engagement, member outreach, and professional development with a centennial celebration consisting of a luncheon featuring a keynote speaker, employer exhibit, poster presentations, followed by an evening reception and cruise on Lake Austin.

Chemical Society of Washington

Kids & Chemistry Demonstration Day: Advancing Chemistry Appreciation using Chemical Demonstrations
Implement an innovative outreach program for underrepresented elementary school students at the third-grade level, in which they watch chemical demonstrations to foster STEM appreciation.


Elevate & Promote Chemistry in Colorado
Produce short, professional videos highlighting the benefits of volunteering and live-stream presentations from remote locations to entice the public to attend unique science cafe events.


Music & Chemistry in Perfect Harmony
'Orchestrate' an event that harmonizes music and chemistry through two talks consisting on music’s effect on brain chemistry, and hands-on displays and demonstrations of how musical instruments are made, while guests enjoy fine live music and refreshments.

Middle Georgia

Invest in the Chemistry Education of Middle Georgia
Provide resources and access to mentorship, sponsor memberships to the American Association for Chemistry Teachers, and invite students to participate in a Chemistry Olympiad which provides a networking opportunity for students and teachers.


Chemistry Rocks the Tennessee STEAM Festival!
Section and student affiliate members will host a Chemistry Rocks! hands-on event at Discovery Center and serve as volunteers at Tennessee STEAM Festival events throughout the state.

North Jersey

Annual Fair for Emerging Researchers (FER)
Through school visits and supplementary materials, engage students in 5-8 grade in a yearlong process of designing and conducting experiments, culminating in a poster session, held on Drew University’s campus.


Culinary Reactions: An Iron (Fe) Competition & Molecular Gastronomy Lecture/Demonstrations
Host an engaging "Iron (Fe) Chef" competition for local university ACS Student Affiliate Chapters to encourage participation and recruit members. Contestants will be asked to use culinary reactions to prepare and present dishes to judges.


Supporting Women Science Students through Mentoring & Networking
The Women Science Student Summit will address challenges and rewards for women in science; and through a Career Day, the project will support women science students by providing them with career advice and direction. These events, though focused on women, will be open to both women and men.


Protein Chemistry for Life: New ACS Educational Outreach Program Integrating Chemistry & Life Science
Promote the role for chemistry in life sciences, with a focus on proteins/protein chemistry to strengthen relationships with local educators and offer volunteer and learning opportunities for members.

Puerto Rico

Entrepreneurship & Innovation for Scientists in Puerto Rico
Incorporate a Scientific Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program (EI) to the 42th Senior Technical Meeting. The EI program will give scientists an opportunity to present their research with commercialization potential and meet with prospective investors.


Enhancing Presentation Skills for Non-English Speaking Scientists
Conduct a public speaking workshop uniquely designed to address the language challenges that non-native English speaking scientists, specifically Asian scientists, encounter when presenting their research in English. This workshop is expected to give practical methods for these scientists, in turn, enhancing their future career prospects.

San Joaquin Valley

Promoting Involvement & Education in Chemistry for Everyone (PIECE)
Encourages student, community, and member involvement in chemistry education and literacy through a field trip to local labs, a chemistry-based group activity for youths, and mass media to promote a student Earth Day contest.

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Spring 2017

Central Pennsylvania

Development of a Chemistry Lesson Kit Program
Develop two sets of chemistry lesson kits on topics such as forensics, polymers, and chemical vs. physical changes for grades K-2 and 3-5 to be used by section members in local schools.

Connecticut Valley

Building the Membership through Student Leadership
Expand membership by targeting ACS student chapters from nearby colleges for day-long activities at flagship universities.

East Central Illinois

Networking Social & Award Ceremony
Invite ECI local section members, industry professionals, and members from neighboring sections for a first annual networking social, including an awards ceremony.


Bonding with Undergraduate Chemistry Clubs
An action-packed event to increase student involvement in the local section and community, foster creativity and ownership, and promote networking—all to culminate with a keynote speaker.


Collaborations between Science & Technical Arts Teachers in Florida’s Secondary Schools
Integrate the grassroots STACT (Science and Technical Arts Collaborative Teaching) project within the FLACS annual meeting (FAME).


Time Consuming, but So Worth It!
Atlanta Science Festival attendees will embark upon an interactive journey to investigate who stole the NIST-F2 cesium atomic clock; and learn about various forms of evidence, collection methods, and the role of chemistry plays in solving crimes.


ACS Local Section Exchange: Bringing Chemists from a Very Large Section to a Very Small Section
Partner with a larger local section to create and test a website to host webinars in order to increase member participation.


KACS Logo Lab Coats
Obtain 60 lab coats branded with the local section's logo to be worn by student members in their academic work and when volunteering at outreach events—promoting KACS externally and provide members a symbol of professionalism, identity, and cohesion.

Kanawha Valley

Remote Communication with Members
Enable video communication with remote members in the local section (via Skpe) during section meetings and special events, enabling members to view on their personal computers.

Kentucky Lake

Nobel Prize Gala
Study and celebrate the nominees and awardees of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.


Webinar Program for the Maryland Section
Purchase video conference equipment and an internet meeting subscription to host a series of up to four webinars in 2017, in order to connect with student members across the Section.


Mid-Hudson Section's 75th Anniversary Celebration
Develop promotional materials with the 75th anniversary logo, prizes for members who attend multiple activities during the year, some of which include: separate tours to a zinc mine and vineyard, a trivia contest, and dinner with featured speakers.


Execution of the Midland Section Strategic Plan
Advance Section's strategic plan through new activities surrounding the annual Awards Ceremony and a “Mid-Michigan Scientists“ Lecture Series.

New York

Increasing Member Engagement via Social Media
Targeted Facebook ads will be used to inform our younger members of NY ACS events. Seminars and events will be live streamed, and used to generate webinars to increase member involvement.

North Alabama

Innovative Speaker Cost Reimbursement
Host a volatile chemical metabolomics meeting in cancer diagnosis in 2017, held in conjunction with the Hudson Alpha Institute for Biotechnology.


The NESACS Multi-Generational Mentorship Initiative
A collaboration of the Younger, Women, and Senior Chemists Committees will host a series of mentoring events for students and young chemists to connect with senior chemists, learn about resources from the ACS, and find support for professional development.

Puget Sound

Allyship to Improve Diversity in the Chemical Sciences & Engineering
Women in Chemical Sciences (WCS) and Women in Chemical Engineering (WChE) at UW will develop "Allyship": an event to give students tools to be allies/advocates for women/underrepresented minorities in science.


Iota Sigma Pi (ISP) 32nd National Triennial Convention
This convention promotes the advancement of women chemists through recognition, outreach, and networking, including ISP chapters from across the nation and the Purdue local section to learn about cutting-edge research and strengthen professional networks.

Santa Clara Valley

Exposing Local Colleges to ACS
Expose local undergraduate students, especially from schools with ethnically diverse populations, to the larger science community, which will help progress their career and shape the next generation of scientists.

South Jersey

What ACS can do for Chemical Industrial/Techician Practitioner
A small virtual event to inform members not attending national meetings on how ACS can assist with professional development, provide leadership opportunities, continuing educational coursework, and more.


2017 Wisconsin Crystal Growing Contest
Introduce students to chemistry and the scientific method to learn an advanced vocabulary and essential laboratory skills; winners will collaborate with the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space in the Space Station Explorers education program.

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Fall 2016


Binghamton Local Section 75 Years Celebration
Celebrate 75th Section anniversary with a dinner during NERM, a lecture and poster presentation, and a special issue of the section newsletter “The Pipet”.


Purchase teleconferencing equipment that will allow the Section to broadcast and record business and technical meetings.


Live Streaming of Monthly Program Meetings
Stream Section's meetings to at least two additional remote sites so that many more of the 4,000 members will be able to participate and become active in Section activities by substantially decreasing commuting time.


Thinking about the Future of Chemistry
Stimulating, member-focused program on the future of chemistry and "thinking big".


Mentorship Program for Students in the Columbus Area
Career mentorship program for chemistry undergraduate & graduate students from the Columbus area, including training on CV/resume writing, developing interviewing skills, and one-to-one discussions.


Keynote Lecture by Nobel Laureate Roald Hoffmann
Host a talk called “Protochemistries are a bridge”, led by Nobel Laureate in Chemistry (1981) Roald Hoffman, designed for a general audience, covering how chemistry is found in culture and how our culture is found in chemistry.


3D-Printing with Dayton ACS: Social event for Science Teachers
Social networking event for local science teachers at a 3D-printing bar in Dayton to introduce them to 3D-printing and to foster relationships to facilitate participation in future activities.


Support Recruitment and Cohesion of ACS Members and Secondary Education Teachers
Recruit new members, increase the involvement of, and unite the local section members at a seminar of Hawaiian wine or a pupu event, where ten AACT memberships will be awarded.


Solving Art Mysteries through Chemistry at the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA)
The IMA to host an evening centered on how chemistry solves art mysteries. Dr. Gregory D. Smith, ACS member and senior conservation scientist, will speak, with docent-led tours of the IMA’s galleries and state-of-the-art chemistry facility.

Kansas City

Collaboration between Local Sections to Advance the Strategic Plan of the ACS: Phase II Travel
Several local sections of District V (Omaha, Nebraska, Kansas City, Kansas State University, and Wichita) are cooperating to organize biannual networking events featuring career fairs, keynote lectures, and social events to bring together the ACS members of District V.


Nashville's Passport to Chemistry
Within the passport concept, current and future members will be encouraged to attend events where they will receive a stamp in their passport. A few hours of volunteerism, educational and social events will be mandatory to have a completed passport, where they will be recognized at the end of the cycle.

North Carolina

Safety First! Bringing Together NC-ACS Members and Science Educators
Host a professional development safety workshop to provide lessons to high school chemistry/science teachers about safety in the chemistry laboratory, facilitating a forum for meeting members of our local section, while offering participants continuing education credits.

Northeast Tennessee

Strategic Planning for Northeast Tennessee Section (NETSACS)
Conduct a two day strategic planning session with ACS facilitators to develop a strategic plan for the future development of NETSACS.

Northern New York

Bridging the Gap: Nature and Chemistry, a Lecture & Activity Series Focused on Natural Medicines
Series to introduce high school and college students, and the community to chemicals found in nature that have proven effects on human health.


Collaboration between Local Sections to Advance the Strategic Plan of the ACS: Phase I
Joint-section, two-day event designed for students, local professionals, post-docs, and community members, consisting of a career fair, poster, presentation session, keynote address, and networking at Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium.


NORM 2017 Undergraduate Poster Symposium
The ACS student affiliate of Oregon State University will hold an undergraduate poster session to foster student connections and increase membership.


Chemistry Café: An On-Demand ACS Webinar Targeting Undergraduate Students for Recruitment
Work with the local active and inactive undergraduate student chapters to (1) recruit, retain, and increase membership in the ACS; (2) highlight scientific grand challenges of the 21st century; and (3) emphasize scientific literacy and chemical safety.


Earthquakes and Waste Water Disposal from Fracking
Public forum discussion of the risky effects of fracking wastewater disposal on earthquakes, followed by a Q&A session between the public and the panel.


Strategic Planning Retreat
Weekend strategic planning retreat, facilitated by ACS Leadership Development System, to develop a mission statement to align activities towards meeting the needs of the members and ensuring the sustainability of the Section.

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Spring 2016


Revitalizing Chemistry Teaching with AACT: One Day Academy for Birmingham Inner-City School Science
Professional development academy for Birmingham city school teachers to revamp chemistry education using AACT web resources in Summer 2016.

Central Massachusetts

Exploring the World We Live in via Green Chemistry
Teams of high school teachers and students to investigate in the laboratory how their consumer choices affect the environment.

Dallas-Fort Worth

Comet Chemistry Camp
A one-week summer camp for middle-school girls at the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD), with a daily theme that encompasses lessons, demos, and art activities, and hands-on experiments in a university science lab.


Career Services for Unemployed Members
Deliver a career services event, for an area recently affected by layoffs of many scientists, combining an ACS Career workshop with a career consultant review of resumes and mock interviews; all in an effort to start a Local Section Career Club.

East Central Illinois

East Central Illinois Undergraduate Research Conference
Introduce the Section's first annual Undergraduate Research Conference, where undergraduate students network with professionals in academia and industry, as well as educate members in the community about the value of undergraduate research.

Eastern New York

Green Chemistry to Unite Academia in the Eastern New York Local Section
Launch a green chemistry speaker series at various college venues, featuring scientists to educate students on how to incorporate green chemistry into their labs and research; local section members will chair and present a green chemistry session at NERM in Binghamton, NY.


Creating Paths to Success
Host graduate career workshops to equip students with resources to prepare them for success in chemical science careers; and establish a cohort of high school chemistry teachers to meet quarterly to share resources and design career exploration resources for their students.


Promoting ACS & AACT through Innovative Demonstrations
Enhance demos to broaden interest and help K-12 teachers and Section members instruct students and the general public about chemical safety.

Kansas State University

Leveraging Local Sections to Advance the Strategic Plan of the ACS: Phase II
District V Local Sections will collaboratively plan a weekend event in Kansas City, MO—complete with a morning career fair, keynote luncheon address, an undergraduate poster session, beer-themed science cafe and brewery tour, and evening social—aimed to increase inter-Section partnerships and ACS membership.


Career Path Workshop & Career Mentoring Program
An ACS Career Path workshop targeting undergraduate and graduate students, young and experienced professionals, post-docs, and professionals unemployed due to corporate downsizing in our area.


Life-Size Chemistry for Kids
Expand children's chemistry knowledge by growing the size of the demonstration, reaching every demographic of the Section by providing volunteers an opportunity to share science with children.

New Haven

New Haven Section Undergraduates Research Symposium
A day-long symposium for chemistry undergraduates to present results of research they have conducted, with oral/poster presentations plus a keynote speaker.

New York

New York Section’s 125th Anniversary Gala
A 125th local section anniversary celebration, hosting 125 events in 2016, highlighted through a gala symposium, entitled Chemistry: Past, Present, and Future, hosted at the Middle Atlantic Regional Meeting (MARM) in June 2016.

Panhandle Plains

Energizing Our Industry & Employer Base
Energize the chemical industry and employer base in the Panhandle Plains area by boosting participation in the semi-annual Amarillo Job Fair.


Growing Participation & Improving Communications
Create a means for members, unable to physically attend events, to still participate; improve social media resources to ensure that all members are informed of Section events.


Princeton ACS STEM Outreach & Entrepreneurship Program
A unique STEM outreach program targeting high school and graduate students, which will expose them to the job opportunities that exist in STEM fields and provide professional development for participants.


OH-MI-PIT’s Chemistry Retreat
Bring chemists from local sections in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Michigan together for a weekend retreat that stimulate collaborations, celebrate the work of our students, and serve as a family-friendly event.

Washington-Idaho Border

Summer Teacher Workshop to Invigorate Chemical Olympics Participation
Initiate a lab-based summer workshop for local high and middle school teachers to encourage more chemistry experiments throughout the school year and in preparation for our local section’s National Chemical Olympiad event.


Effecting Mentoring: How to Build Meaningful & Productive Mentoring Relationships
Host a one-day workshop given by trainers from the National Research Mentoring Network for faculty, staff, post-docs, grad students and industrial internship advisors who mentor undergraduate researchers.

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For information on funded IPGs prior to Spring 2016, email LSAC.

Submit a final report if your local section's IPG-funded activities have completed.