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. 

    Council Report 2019 #2 National Meeting San Diego

    Report of Council Meeting in San Diego The Council Meeting took place on August 28 during the 258th National Meeting of the ACS in San Diego, CA from August 25 – 29, 2019. The theme of this meeting was “Chemistry and Water.”  The Chicago section was represented at Council by ...

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    Council Report 2019 #1 National Meeting Orlando

    Report of Council Meeting held in the Spring of 2019 The 257th National Meeting of the ACS was held in Orlando, FL, March 31 – April 4, 2019. The theme of this meeting was “Chemistry for New Frontiers.” The Chicago Section was represented at Council by the following nine councilor...

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    Who Is This? 1995 Telethon

    Who Is This? 1995 Telethon By Josh Kurutz, Section Historian Back in 1995, a group from Chicago ACS helped raise funds in a telethon. This looks like it was fun, but the pile of photos in the archives contains little information. If you know anything about this outing, please write to histo...

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    2017 Undergraduate Research Symposium

    Chemistry Careers and the Future of Chemistry SymposiumDecember 15, 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM Ratio Hall, Wentz Science Center, North Central College, Naperville, IL Chicago ACS Holiday Meeting Follows Presentations from Chicago ACS Poster Competition Finalists Keynote Addresses from Industry Leaders...

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    Chairs of the Chicago Section ACS

    (Prior to 2003, elected officers served terms from July through June. Starting 2003, their terms coincide with the calendar year.) Term Chair 2021 Rukes, Sherri 2020 Brandt, Paul 2019 Marin, Tim 2018 Fivizzani*, Ken 2018 Toussaint*, Anthony 2017 Kravitz, F...

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    Who Is This? Chemistry Day 1991 (Nov. 9)

    The Chicago Section archives are rich in photographs. Unfortunately, many are not annotated, so we have no written records identifying who is in them. We need your help elucidating our historical records. If you know (or even suspect you know) the identity of someone in these photos, please send an ...

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    Chicago ACS' Historical Milestones

    1887 Chicago Chemical Society founded. 1892 Chicago Chemical Society becomes affiliated with Chicago Academy of Sciences. 1895 Chicago Section of the ACS is chartered on March 15, 1895. Section membership is 34. 1907 At the 37th National Meeting of the Society, Max Henius pr...

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    Council Report 2018 #2 National Meeting Boston

    Report of the ACS Council Meeting in Boston by Paul Brandt, Chemical Bulletin Editor and Alternate Councilor The 256th National Meeting of the ACS was held in Boston, MA from August 19 – 23, 2018. The theme of this meeting was “Nanoscience, Nanotechnology & Beyond” The Chica...

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    Council Report 2018 #1 National Meeting New Orleans

    Report of Council Meeting held in the Spring of 2018 by BARBARA MORIARTY, Councilor The 255th National Meeting of the ACS was held in New Orleans, LA, from March 18 – 22, 2018. The theme of this meeting was “Nexus of Food, Energy & Water.” The Chicago section was represented ...

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    Cartesian Diver

    May 2018: Materials: • Plastic drinking bottle (1 or 2 L) with lid• Water• Ketchup or soy sauce packet or pen cap with modelling (or Sculpey) clay Experiment: Fill with water nearly to the top of the bottle. Add the ketchup packet (or if using the pen cap, add about a pea-size p...

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