Local Section Innovative Project Grant Recipients

Fall 2018


Design chemistry kits for K-12 educators that augment National Chemistry Week programing and help share love of science through innovative experiments.

Central New York

Provide socioeconomically disenfranchised high school female students with an opportunity to learn about the importance of a science background and cyber-security.


Hand-on STEM learning collaboration between the Botanical Center and Illinois-Iowa section. Families learn about plant science.


Host a series of mixers and events with invited speakers to help connect local section members with one another and to local section resources.

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Spring 2018


Host a series of workshops to help improve graduate student well-being by discussing and destigmatizing common mental health concerns for their cohort.


Host the Portal Theater Company’s performance of ‘No Belles’, a play focusing on the lives of eighteen women scientists who won Nobel Prizes and some who did not. The WCC sought to benefit and inspire young women working in STEM.


Create a ‘Chemical Demonstration Center’ at St. John Fisher College that will develop save, chemically instructive and age-appropriate shows emphasizing the role of chemistry in our lives.


Implement a career development workshop to foster the professional development of students and young professions within the section.

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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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More Information

  • For information on funded IPGs prior to Spring 2017, email LSAC.
  • Submit a final report if your local section's IPG-funded activities have completed.