ACS Summer School on Green Chemistry & Sustainable Energy

Date: Friday, July 15, 2022 – Friday, July 22, 2022
Location: Golden, Colorado, USA


The ACS Summer School on Green Chemistry & Sustainable Energy is a week-long once-in-a-lifetime experience! Each year about 60 students from the Americas are selected from the applicants to gather in Golden, Colorado at the Colorado School of Mines. All eligible travel and program costs are covered by the American Chemical Society, ACS Petroleum Research Fund, and the ACS Green Chemistry Institute.

Students spend a week attending lectures from professors and industry scientists on sustainable chemistry topics, hold discussions, participate in a poster presentation, and spend time getting to know each other. The event concludes with a memorable white-water rafting trip! Alumni of this program have gone on to become leaders in the green chemistry field—providing a network of contacts for participants.

2022 Vaccine Requirements & COVID Information

The ACS Summer School on Green Chemistry & Sustainable Energy will be a mask-recommended and vaccination-required meeting for all attendees, exhibitors, vendors, and ACS staff who plan to attend the in-person event. All individuals will need to be fully vaccinated by July 1, 2022, 14 days from the start of the event. Acceptable proof of vaccination will be required at check-in. All attendees are expected to fully comply with all health and safety guidelines. Failure to adhere to the requirements could lead to removal from the venue or other disciplinary action.

Key Dates

2022 Program:
Friday, July 15, 2022 – Friday, July 22, 2022

Acceptance Status Notices Sent:
No later than Friday, April 15, 2022

Applications Open for 2023:
November, 2022


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General FAQ

  • When will you begin accepting applications for the 2022 Summer School program?

    The 2022 program is being planned as an in-person event at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, CO, July 15-22, 2022. However, the final format of the program may be determined by COVID-19 conditions leading up to the Summer School. Summer school was held virtually in 2021.

  • Do I need to be an ACS member to attend Summer School?

    You do not need to be an ACS member to attend. (We do hope that you'll consider joining, however!)

  • Will I earn college credit or continuing education units (CEUs) if I attend? 

    You will not earn any educational credits or CEUs by attending. You will receive a certificate of completion at the end of our week in Golden, but not a formal transcript.

  • Do I need to be a citizen of a Caribbean or Central, North, or South American nation to attend?

    While you need to be affiliated with an institution in the Caribbean or Central, North, or South America to attend, you do not need to be a citizen of a country in those regions. If you are studying outside the aforementioned geographic areas, you may be interested in learning more about the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry's (IUPAC) Green Chemistry Summer School.

  • I attended Summer School last year. I'm still a doctoral student at a US university and would love to spend another week in Golden. Do I have to submit a full application package to reapply?

    Summer School is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity, so once you attend you are not eligible for future programs. If you apply and are not selected, however, you are welcomed to reapply by submitting a full application package.

  • Although I'm under consideration for a place in a PhD program, I won't know if I'll be formally enrolled during Summer School's program dates until after your application deadline passes. May I still apply?

    Unfortunately, no. Students need to be certain that they will be enrolled in graduate or postdoctoral programs during our program dates when they apply to be eligible for our program. 

  • What languages are spoken at Summer School?

    The official conference language is English. Attendees must be able to understand graduate level classroom lectures and written materials, as well as engage in personal and professional conversations, in English. All application materials, including advisor letters of nomination, must be in English.

  • What are the general schedule and meal accommodations like at summer school?

    While each year's program is a bit different, the sample schedule from a previous summer school session will give an overview of what you might expect.

    During the first day of our program, attendees typically check into their dorm rooms and get to know one another at an evening barbecue. The week includes several full days of classroom instruction and group work, as well as a full day of leisure with an optional group activity. Poster sessions are held on two evenings, with poster presentations being optional. A banquet closes our program the evening before our last day, when students check out of their dorm rooms and leave campus. 

    Most of the week’s meals are served in a full-service campus cafeteria. Refreshment breaks are provided twice a day when class is in session.

  • Am I required to attend all sessions during the week?

    Students are expected to attend class lectures and poster sessions in their entirety. (Poster presentation is optional.) Be prepared to arrive on time, pay attention, and contribute to discussions and group work. Please be considerate of your fellow students, instructors and staff, and vendors. And have fun and make friends!

  • I need a visa to enter the United States. Will you arrange that for me?


    The United States' government issues visas and oversees entry into our nation. We will provide a letter of support for your visa application if you need one. You are responsible for applying and making related arrangements. We will reimburse you for the cost of your visa post-conference.


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for acceptance into our program regardless of and will not be discriminated against before, during, and after our program on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, ethnicity, religion, age, veteran status, disability status, genetic information or any other protected category.


The Summer School is proudly sponsored by the ACSACS Petroleum Research Fund, and ACS Green Chemistry Institute.

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