ACS Student Chapter Reports

Student chapter reports are an opportunity for chapters to inform ACS about their activities throughout the year. Nominations for a Student Chapter Award are based on exceptional activities, programs, initiatives described in chapter reports, after being reviewed by faculty advisors from across the nation. The faculty review the reports (based on these criteria and considerations) and provide feedback on how to make the chapter more successful.

To remain active, a chapter must submit a report at least once every three years. (This system is only for chapters in the United States and Puerto Rico.)

Part of an International Student Chapter?

Find out more about the International Student Chapters report, that is due at the same time, but has a different set of instructions. 

Submit a Chapter Report

  1. Log in to Student Chapters Online using your ACS member login information.
    If you are not a premium ACS member, sign up first.
  2. Update your chapter information, enter in events, and answer questions to build your report.
  3. Download the financial report template. Upload it along with your narrative when talking about finances for the year.

Report Questions

What were your student chapter's two major goals for the 2021-2022 year? How did your chapter work to accomplish these goals?  

Based on your assessment of this year's objectives, what are the chapter objectives for next year? What do you plan to do the same or differently?

In what ways do you think your chapter had an impact on each of the following communities through service and outreach: your chapter/department, your university, and your local community?

How did you incorporate National Chemistry Week (NCW), Chemists Celebrate Earth Week (CCEW) and/or Mole Day into your service activities?

How did you evaluate chemical safety needs related to your activities? What steps did you take to promote chemical safety during your events for participants, observers, and organizers? 

Professional development:

What areas of professional development do you think your chapter needs to address most? Which events did you hold that significantly contributed to your chapter's improvement in those areas? 

Chapter development:
How did your student chapter activities impact member recruitment and retention for your chapter? Which efforts were most successful in promoting camaraderie amongst your chapter, and why?

Does your student chapter have a group email address? If so, what is it? (We strongly encourage all student chapters to create a generic email address for ease of correspondence with officers.)

Please provide a narrative to accompany your financial report. (Download the template and rename with your institution and the year before uploading to your report.)

  • How does your chapter plan for costs associated with your activities?
  • What is your most effective form of fundraising and why? 
  • How did fundraising and managing the chapter budget help members develop professional experience (sales skills, grant writing, etc.)? 
  • Did your chapter have enough money to accomplish its goals for the year?

NOTE: all chapter expenses and income must be included on your budget sheet.

Green chemistry:
If you would like to be considered for a Green Chemistry Student Chapter Award, please provide a detailed summary of at least three green chemistry activities. Include an explanation of why you think each activity qualifies as green chemistry.


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Why can’t I login?
You have to be an active ACS student member or faculty advisor of your chapter to login to Student Chapters Online. If you are a senior who has recently graduated and cannot login, please contact We'll be able to give you access.

What do I do first?
Start by updating your chapter information at the start of the academic year. Under the “Chapter Information” section, add the roles of all your officers, and make sure the faculty advisor listed is correct. If the faculty advisor listed is not correct, please contact our office at

Do primary officers have to be ACS members?
Yes, at least 1 primary officer must be from the list of current ACS student members in your chapter. 

Why does the roster not include all of our members?
If your roster has incorrect information, please send a list of the students you believe are ACS members to

How many of our chapter events should we include in the report?
All of them! Reviewers want to know all the events you are holding throughout the year including chapter business meetings. Fill each event with as much detail as you can, preferably right after the event has taken place so the details are fresh in your mind.

How many pictures can I load into the system? Can I upload videos as well?
While you can upload 5 documents, only share the best, high quality (300 DPI preferred) images. Do not create a collage or PDF of your pictures, in an effort to share more photos, as the quality is reduced. Links to videos can also be included in the event description text. 

When is the chapter report due?
The report is due in May. The exact due date will be announced in April. Please contact as soon as possible if you have any difficulties submitting before this deadline.

Will we get an email notification when the report is submitted?
No, you will not get an automatic email notification from the Student Chapters Online website.

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