ACS Graduate Student Organizations (GSOs)

GSOs are communities for graduate students who are interested in networking, career preparation, outreach, and professional development. Active GSOs are eligible for funding for travel, engagement events, and more.

Apply to start a GSO at your institution. Existing grad student groups are welcome to affiliate with us, too!

Requirements to Start a GSO

Here are the requirements for starting a GSO:

Minimum of 6 GSO members who are graduate student members of the American Chemical Society (ACS)*

Having trouble finding potential recruits? Email us! We might be able to help you find ACS members at your school.

A faculty member who will serve as your advisor

Your faculty advisor must be an ACS member at the Premium or Standard package level. Learn more about the role of a faculty advisor on our faculty advisor resource page.


Bylaws lay out how you will manage your student community.

Sample GSO Bylaws [DOC]

* Community Associates are welcome to join a GSO but are not eligible to be included in the count toward the membership requirement.

Who Can Participate

Graduate students in the chemical sciences who are interested in affiliating their current GSO with ACS--or in creating a grad student organization in hopes of becoming a GSO--can charter with ACS. If your GSO focuses primarily on laboratory safety, find additional resources on Lab Safety Teams

This program is currently only for graduate student organizations within the United States. Visit our International Student Chapters section to explore setting up a student community outside of the U.S., regardless of student rank.

Apply for Grants to Fund Your Chapter!

Grants can provide a major boost to fund your student community. Check out these ACS grants designed specifically for student communities!

Amount: Up to $750

ACS Student Communities DEIR Grant

Supporting professional development endeavors in Student Chapters and GSOs that advance the ACS Core Value of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Respect (DEIR).

Amount: Up to $1,000

ACS Student Communities Engagement Grant

Supporting ACS student community outreach events, group engagement, career and professional development, or group growth.

Amount: Up to $2,000

ACS Student Communities Professional Meeting Grant

Encouraging active ACS student communities to attend a professional conference by covering associated registration fees, lodging, and/or transportation costs.

Amount: Up to $350

ACS Student Communities Starter Grant

Supporting the creation or reactivation of ACS student communities, including Student Chapters, International Student Chapters, and Graduate Student Organizations.

Amount: Up to $5,000
Deadline: April 12, 2024

Global Innovation Grant

Supporting funding to ACS units, especially international chapters, for internationally collaborative and innovative activities/events.

Amount: $1,500 - $4,500
Deadline: July 15, 2024

Trust in Science and Scientists Grant

Encourages ACS groups to conceive of and implement programming and efforts that showcase trust in science and scientists.

Check out this article in the ACS Graduate & Postdoctoral Chemist Magazine for grant-writing pitfalls...and tips and tricks for avoiding them:

Top Five Reasons ACS Student Communities Grant Applications Get Rejected

Student Community Toolkit

Successfully start and manage your student chapter or GSO with these resources. If you have any questions, email ACS Student Chapters at, ACS International Student Chapters at, or GSO at

Tips for Faculty Advisors

Faculty advisor responsibilities, tips for building a successful group, and other essential information

Find Active Student Communities

ACS student communities are located across the United States and in many countries across the globe.

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