Student Member Newsletter

October 2017

Student Member Communities

As many of you are aware, this has been a record-breaking hurricane season and many ACS student members and chapters have been affected by these storms. ACS is committed to helping our members in affected areas and know that our student member community is working hard to raise funds and gather resources for their peers.

Over the next few weeks and months, we will be in close contact with chapters as they attempt to rebuild after these disasters. If you’d like to help your student chapter community, an easy way to contribute is by donating a portion of any chapter fundraising efforts to a charity of your choice to aid in hurricane and natural disaster relief in the areas that have been most impacted.

Important Dates & Reminders

Submit your abstract for New Orleans
Abstract submissions are open for the 255th ACS National Meeting in New Orleans. Check out our guide to submitting an abstract as well as deadlines for the different divisions. The Division of Chemical Education [CHED] abstracts are due on October 23, 2017.

Apply for the 2018 ACS Student Leadership Award
This award covers, travel, accommodations, and registration expenses for the 2018 Leadership Institute held from January 19-21, 2018 in Dallas, TX. You’ll meet and network with a variety of chemistry professionals who lead ACS local sections, divisions, and committees. You’ll learn how to lead others, plan events, raise funds, and communicate more effectively. The deadline to apply is October 31, 2017. Award winners will be notified in December.

Chapter Grants
The ACS Undergraduate Programs Office has begun accepting applications for the Inter-Chapter Relations (ICR), Undergraduate Programming at Regional Meetings (UPRM), and 255th ACS National Meeting Travel Grants (NMT). Applications will close for the ICR and UPRM on November 3, 2017. For those applying for the NMT, applications are due by December 15, 2017.
No late applications will be accepted. 

National Meeting Travel Grant for International Student Chapters
ACS international student chapters are encouraged to apply for the National Meeting Travel Grant that ACS created to meet their specific needs. Apply by November 13, 2017!

Chemists Celebrate Earth Week Video Challenge
PARTICIPATING IS SIMPLE! Record a three-minute video for CCEW on the theme, “Dive into Marine Chemistry.” Using chemistry concepts, explain and demonstrate how chemistry is used to study marine phenomena or processes of the world’s oceans. Grand prize is $250! Visit our website for more information. Submissions due on November 17, 2017.

Apply now for an SCI Scholars Summer Internship
The SCI Scholars Program is now accepting applications for its prestigious 10-week industrial internships for summer 2018. SCI Scholars internships focus on practical, industry-focused projects. Participants receive a $6,000-$10,000+ stipend, plus $1,000 for professional development. Please read eligibility requirements prior to applying. Applications due November 30, 2017.

ACS Scholars Program will Begin Accepting Applications in November
The ACS Scholars Program is a renewable scholarship available to American Indian, African American and Hispanic high school seniors, college freshmen, sophomores and juniors intending to or already majoring in chemistry, biochemistry, chemical engineering, chemical technology, or a chemically related science and planning a career in a chemical science related field. Students at both two- and four-year institutions are eligible to apply. For more information, visit ACS Scholars Program application opens November 1, 2017 – March 1, 2018.

International Student Chapter Activity Grant (new!)
ACS international student chapters are eligible to receive up to $750 USD to fund projects and events that further your student chapter’s goals. Successful applications will propose projects that relate to one or more of the following categories:

  • professional development
  • research
  • community engagement and service
  • SMART goal achievement

See our website for full details and application instructions. There is no deadline for this grant – apply now!

Coming up soon…

Live. October 24th, 7pm ET – FREE as part of your student chapter membership! – Let ACS Program-in-a-Box take the hassle out of hosting your next event. Register your chapter to attend our live interactive broadcast featuring experts in rock and mineral chemistry and we’ll send you raffle prizes, handouts, instructions, and other materials. Click the banner to register now and visit for more information.

National Chemistry Week
Don’t’ forget about National Chemistry Week coming to you October 22-28. The theme this year is ‘Chemistry Rocks!’. Check out the NCW website to learn more and start planning your chapter’s celebration today.

Does Your Chapter Use Instagram? Facebook? Twitter?
Let us know who you are so we can connect with YOU! Completing this form with your chapter’s social media information will help us find you and share, like, and comment on your activities. Please do not share your personal social media accounts.