ACS Senior Chemists

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The ACS Committee on Senior Chemists encourages engagement and collaboration across the Society with ACS groups and within the community. The Committee's objectives are to:

  • Improve communication among senior chemists
  • Increase the number of senior chemists’ groups and the level of their engagement within local sections
  • Encourage the involvement of senior chemists in programs focused on K-12 education, undergraduate networking, and mentoring

Learn more about the ACS Committee on Senior Chemists.


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Under the ACS Scholars Program, African American, Hispanic/Latino and American Indian students enrolled in chemical science programs are eligible to compete to receive up to $5,000 per year in renewable college scholarships. 

Of the more than 3,500 men and women who have participated since the program’s inception in 1994, many are now established in important roles in industry, academia, and government. 

Former ACS Scholars, including Chyree Batton, a chemist at SC Johnson; Bart Bartlett, a chemistry professor at the University of Michigan; and Corina McClure, an analytical chemist at the Food & Drug Administration were recently featured in Chemical & Engineering News. 

To support tomorrow’s chemistry leaders, please go to www.donate.acs.org/scholars. The site provides instructions for how to donate by credit card or mail. For information on how to contribute via an individual retirement account (IRA) or estate plan, please visit www.acs.org/legacy or contact Mary Bet Dobson at m_dobson@acs.org


Senior Chemists Committee (SCC) Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Respect (DEIR) Grants

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In addition to the two programs developed in 2020 (SCC Campaign to Support the ACS Scholars Program and Great Connections), the SCC has allocated funding for new activities to advance ACS DEIR goals. The project must be led by a senior ACS member (i.e., over 50 years in age) and must be submitted by a technical division, international section, or any official ACS entity other than a local section. A limited number of proposals (up to $500) will be funded. Grants will be awarded following review by the SCC Awards Subcommittee. All applications must be submitted by Friday, October 29, 2021.

The proposal should address:

  • Impact of the project on diversity, equity, inclusion and/or respect 
  • Estimated potential magnitude of the impact on systemic racism
  • Level of engagement by senior ACS members and/or other seniors
  • Current and potential support from partners, including the possibility of long-term continuation of the proposed activity

A report on the project must be submitted within 30 days of the event or the start of the activity. The proposed event or activity can be scheduled in 2021 or 2022. If you have any questions, please send them to seniorchemists@acs.org.

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Local Section Senior Chemists Committees

Senior Chemists Committees can be created in any ACS Local Section with a focus on creating opportunities, representing the needs of, and offering programming and services for senior chemists in a particular geographical area. In addition, senior chemists are in a unique position to share a lifetime of experiences with students, young chemists, and the public. 

Benefits of Participating

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Socialize With Peers

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Stay Active After Retirement

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Advocate for Chemistry Through Community Outreach


You can make a difference!

There are many ways to get involved through your local section or local community. Share a lifetime of experiences and help the next generation of chemists.


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The Post-COVID Chemistry Economy & DEIR Program Updates

The chemical enterprise is experiencing many impacts as a result of the COVID pandemic. What will be the economic impacts and how will you be affected?

Watch as past ACS President Bill Carroll of Carroll Applied Science delivers a chemistry and the economy update as well an update from Rajendrani Mukhopadhyay, Vice President of the ACS Office of DEIR, as she discusses the progress the Society has made with the diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect efforts. In addition, ACS SCC member Isiah Warner will provide an update on SCC activities to advance DEIR and Trinity Horton Hale of Celanese will briefly discuss the personal impact of the ACS Scholars Program has had on her career.

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Let's stay connected.

SCC Zoom Guides

Senior Chemists Committee members have enjoyed using Zoom to stay connected. These Zoom guides are designed for novices and avoid the use of computer jargon. The illustrations are screenshots taken when the guide was written and may change as Zoom is updated. Please send us a note at seniorchemists@acs.org with suggestions for additional guides that you think would be helpful.

Senior Chemists on the Move

Join Senior Chemists on the Move, the senior chemists group on the ACS Network. Engage in conversations, ask questions and post announcements of upcoming events from your local sections.

Newsletter

Stay up to date on volunteer activities by senior chemists, such as working in schools, leading science events for the community, judging science fairs, mentoring, and more. Browse our newsletter archive.

Questions?

Contact us at seniorchemists@acs.org.