Outreach and Education Division

    The EDUCATION AND OUTREACH DIVISION supports chemistry education at all levels, including K-12, college, and adult/continuing education. It maintains liaisons to the Chicago Public Schools and the American Association of Chemistry Teachers (AACT). The Division engages the general public in chemistry-related educational activities, participates in ACS activities at the annual Illinois State Fair, and publicizes all events and news-related content. The division oversees the annual Project SEED program for the Section as well as the Project SEED scholarships. The Division also assists public officials and other community bodies concerning chemistry-related matters. The Education and Outreach Division includes the Education, Outreach, Project SEED, and Public Affairs Committees.

    The EDUCATION COMMITTEE provides chemistry-related educational programs and information to learners of all ages and actively engages with educators at the pre-K-12 and college levels. Subcommittees include:

    • AACT Liaison
    • College Education Subcommittee
    • Continuing Education Subcommittee
    • Chicago School Board Liaison
    • K - 12 Education Subcommittee


    The PUBLIC AFFAIRS COMMITTEE ensures that section members and public officials and bodies are informed of matters where the knowledge and practice of chemistry is of substantial public importance. These matters can include government issues, environmental issues and the social responsibility of chemists. The Public Affairs Committee gives the Public Affairs Award biennially.

    The OUTREACH COMMITTEE engages the general public, educators and children in chemistry-related educational activities and participates in many different types of events around the greater Chicago area.   Subcommittees include:

    • Community Activities Subcommittee
    • Illinois State Fair Subcommittee


    PROJECT SEED COMMITTEE identifies interested low-income and/or minority high school junior and senior students who are interested in participating in a paid summer research experience with  a college or university faculty member.  It supports financial and logistical concerns for the student/ faculty relationships and communicating  relevant program information to the national ACS organization.  The committee is also responsible for distributing Project SEED awards to support the internships. 

    Distinguished Prof. Charles Cannon

    Dr. Charles Cannon rocks! Chicago ACS Board Member and Councilor, American Chemical Society Fellow, Chemistry Professor of Distinction and former Chair of the Science and Math Dept at Columbia College Chicago, Cannon is a celebrated Chicago Chemistry fixture, recommending: “Pursue your interests-enjoy the fascination of the science-after all we possess the most sophisticated chemical factory there is-our body” #blackhistorymonth #chemistry #chemist#africanamericanchemists

    Prior to Columbia, he worked at BP/Amoco in Naperville, Illinois as a Research Chemist in Petroleum Additives, and helped start the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA) Official Site with Nobel Prizewinner Leon Lederman. 

    Cannon earned his BS from Alabama A&M University, and his PhD in Physical Organic Chemistry from University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. Thesis: "“Some Rearrangements of Tricyclic and Bicyclic Organomagnesium Compounds”

    Committed to service, Cannon is Chair of our Minority Affairs Cmte, Co-Chair of our Senior Chemists Cmte, an ACS Career Counselor, Section Chair ('82-83), and has been active on more than a dozen other local and national ACS committees. 

    Read more about him in Fran Kravitz' engaging biography: