ACS Education & Professional Development Activities

In Conjunction With the ACS Fall 2021 Meeting

Whether you are honing your communication skills by presenting your research, learning the latest in cutting-edge science or taking part in one of many networking opportunities, ACS meetings provide a unique opportunity to learn and grow in your career.

ACS Education is offering the following virtual activities in conjunction with the ACS Fall 2021 Meeting

Featured Activities for Undergraduates, Graduate Students & Postdocs

Date: Time (EDT): Name: Description:
Thursday, Aug. 19 6 p.m. Graduate Student & Postdoctoral Scholar Networking Reception Meet new people, expand your network, and learn what ACS resources are available for you during this virtual event hosted on Gathertown, an interactive video chat platform. Open to all graduate students and postdocs.
Friday, Aug. 20 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. The Essence of Networking: Making Authentic Professional Connections Join this interactive session to learn about and practice making new connections towards developing professionally and authentically building new relationships.
Monday, Aug. 23 11 a.m. ACS Undergraduate Research Poster Session See research from undergraduates and get ideas for your next project.
Thursday, Aug. 26
11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
ChemIDP Workshop: Planning for Your Career
Learn how to use ChemIDP, an Individual Development Plan tool designed specifically for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars in the chemical sciences.
Tuesday, Aug. 31 11 a.m. Graduate School Fair Learn more about graduate programs, whether you're applying to grad school or considering it for your future.

Professional Development Training


ACS Leadership Development System®

Aug. 30 – Sept. 2. Grow your leaderships skills with online courses on Fostering Innovation, Coaching & Feedback, Leading Without Authority, and Engaging Colleagues in Dialogue.

ACS Career Pathways™ Workshops

Aug. 22 – Sept. 1. Six in-person and 10 virtual workshops expertly designed to provide career guidance for up-and-coming and professional chemical scientists.

ACS Kids Zone  Chemists Catalyze Change

Presidential Outreach Event, ACS Fall 2021 | Sat., Aug. 21, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. EDT
Georgia Aquarium, Oceans Ballroom Entrance, Atlanta, GA

Chemists are catalysts for positive scientific and social change in communities everywhere. Join ACS and partners for a free Kids Zone hands-on science event in celebration of the theme, Chemists Catalyze Change. Attendees will:  

  • Take part in engaging hands-on science activities
  • Interview scientists at Meet a Chemist tables
  • Learn how to advocate for chemistry
  • Watch a short interactive play at the chemistry theater, called “Choose that Catalyst”

All student events are sponsored or cosponsored by the Society Committee on Education Undergraduate Programs Advisory Board. Individual event sponsors include the ACS Committee on Minority Affairs and ACS Division of Chemical Education. Cosponsors include the ACS Divisions of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Chemistry Education, Computational Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry, Geochemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Medicinal Chemistry, Nanochemistry, Organic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, and Polymer Chemistry.