ACS International Student Chapters
ACS student communities are an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to bond over their excitement for chemistry. With your peers, explore career paths, funding opportunities, and activities to share with your department, institution, and region.
Don't have a chapter at your school? No problem. We'll show you how to get started and stay active.
Start (or Reactivate) an International Student Chapter!
Here are the requirements for starting an ACS International Student Chapter
Minimum of 6 chapter members who are 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.
* Community Associates are welcome to join student chapters but are not eligible to be included in the count toward the membership requirement.
Once ACS approves your application, your chapter will be granted a charter and a certificate will be mailed to your faculty advisor or the chair of the nearest ACS chemical sciences chapter. They will present your new ACS International Student Chapter with your official charter certificate.
Keep Your Chapter Active!
Keeping your student chapter active helps to maximize the opportunities available to you and your fellow members. To remain active, your chapter must:
- Maintain at least 6 ACS student members.
- Submit a chapter report at least once every three years.
Note: The Student Chapter reporting system opens in April 2024
Benefits of Keeping an Active Status
Keeping your chapter active means you will:
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!
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).
ACS Student Communities Engagement Grant
Supporting ACS student community outreach events, group engagement, career and professional development, or group growth.
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.
ACS Student Communities Starter Grant
Supporting the creation or reactivation of ACS student communities, including Student Chapters, International Student Chapters, and Graduate Student Organizations.
Check out this inChemistry article for grant-writing pitfalls...and tips and tricks for avoiding them:
Top Five Reasons ACS Student Communities Grant Applications Get Rejected
Student Community Toolkit
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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