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. 

    2017 Undergraduate Research Symposium

    Chemistry Careers and the Future of Chemistry Symposium
    December 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 in Innovation
      • The Lab of the Future – New Technologies for Organic Synthesis
        Dr. Andrew Bogdan | AbbVie
      • Fun with Chemical Puzzles of Life and Disease!Dr. Guarav Chopra | Purdue University
    • Career Fair Roundtable Discussions with Chemistry Professionals

    $5 Registration includes light refreshments at check-in. Lunch on your own at North Central College cafeteria


    Symposium Registration (with coffee & rolls)

    Auditorium Lobby Ratio Hall


    Poster-Session Winners Presentations

    Judging by Chicago ACS members

    Grand Prize Winner to be announced at Chicago ACS Dinner Meeting in the evening

    Six presentations of 15-20 min. each

    Ratio HallAuditorium (Room 101)

    11:30am – 12:30pm

    Lunch break (Self Expense)

    Dining Hall Nearby

    12:30 – 1:25pm

    The Lab of the Future – New Technologies for Organic Synthesis

    Dr. Andrew Bogdan | AbbVie

    Ratio Hall
    Auditorium (Room 101)

    1:30 – 2:25pm

    Fun with Chemical Puzzles of Life and Disease!

    Dr. Guarav Chopra | Purdue University

    Ratio Hall
    Auditorium (Room 101)

    2:30 – 4:00pm

    Career Fair – Roundtable Discussions

    Approx. 10 chemists representing a variety of positions in a variety of organizations (corporate, academic, non-profit, governmental and NGO’s) will be seated at different tables. At each table will be 4-8 students, who will have 8 minutes to ask questions and discuss topics on the guest’s career. After 8 minutes, each group will all rotate to a new table so that all students eventually visit all tables.

    Ratio Hall

    2nd Floor, above Auditorium

    On Friday, December 15, the Chicago Section of the American Chemical Society (Chicago ACS) will host a one-day symposium on Chemistry Careers and the Future of Chemistry. The symposium is intended to attract college undergraduates and high-school seniors, and you have an opportunity to help those students.

    During the day the students will be exposed to research being done by other undergraduates at a poster session. Keynote speakers from academia and industry will discuss cutting edge tools being used by chemists in laboratories and manufacturing. In the afternoon, students will have opportunities, in small groups, to discuss careers with chemistry professionals from business/government/NGOs/academia to learn more about what each professional does and what they enjoy about doing it. Attendees will also have the opportunity to remain for the Chicago ACS December meeting where they can network with ACS members from the entire Chicago area.

    The Chicago ACS College Education Committee is asking you, as a fellow science professional, to please sponsor a student at the Symposium by supporting their $5 Registration fee with a donation. We want to attract as many budding scientists as possible, and this simple gift may be the incentive one or more of them needs in deciding to attend.

    To donate, simply go to the Chicago ACS Sponsorship and Donations webpage ( Once there, click on the  icon at the bottom of the Individual Donationsitem, and when you submit your donation amount ($5 or any multiple of that) be sure to specify that it is for the Sponsor a Student -December 2017 Symposium fund. Thanks for your support.

    If you have questions, feel free to contact the College Education Committee Co-Chairs, Gary Roby or Robert Chapman:

    Gary Roby (email - [email protected]) 630-942-2420
    Robert Chapman, Ph.D. (email – [email protected]) 630-515-6113


    $5.00 Regular registration

    $5.00 Suggested dontation to support undergraduate attendance (not required)

    $0.00 Individual Donation