Faculty Advisors

Guiding ACS Student Chapters to success

Advisor speaking with student in laboratory

Student chapter faculty advisors play an important role in guiding, supporting and motivating students.

An enthusiastic and supportive faculty advisor can give a great boost to a chapter, foster chapter spirit and encourage participation. Learn how you can make your chapter enjoyable and successful.


Faculty Advisor Responsibilities

  • Oversee the governance of the chapter and the maintenance of records
  • Attend chapter meetings
  • Give advice on policy matters such as the institution's regulations on facilities, insurance, custodial services, etc.
  • Help students develop organizational, administrative, and communication skills
  • Secure financial and program resources from home institution, industry, professional organizations, and federal/local governments
  • Provide continuity to the chapter as the membership changes throughout the years
  • Represent chapters in the larger academic community. The advisor is the bridge between students and the larger chemical community, including other faculty, the administration, industry, neighboring schools and chapters, the ACS national office and local sections, and other professional organizations
  • Explain ACS benefits and services, encourage students to become ACS student members,
  • Select a non-faculty chemist from nearby industry or the ACS local section to act as a professional advisor
  • Assist officers in working with the ACS local section, industry, and the community
  • Help students develop organizational, administrative, and communication skills
  • Encourage peer mentoring among students to foster personal and professional development
  • Provide information on what chemical professionals do, career options, both traditional and non-traditional, and help students plan their career path

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