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Annual Report 2015

2015 Highlights

ACS by the Numbers

The American Chemical Society achieved significant milestones in 2015 and we are pleased to present a fun summary of the highlights. These selected accomplishments were achieved through a robust partnership of American Chemical Society members, governance and staff, often in collaboration with other organizations.


ACS membership in 1915.

nearly 157,000

ACS members as of Dec. 31, 2015.

30,000 +

Combined attendance at 2015 ACS National Meetings in Boston and Denver.

20,000 +

Number of papers submitted for the 2015 ACS National Meetings.


Number of scientists inducted into the 2015 class of ACS Fellows during the Boston National Meeting.


Job seekers who participated in ACS Career Fairs.


Number of employers recruiting applicants.


Job opportunities available.


Total number of ACS Petroleum Research Fund (ACS PRF) grants awarded in 2015.

$18.6 million +

Total funding awarded to 2015 ACS PRF grantees.


Number of ACS PRF grantees who received the Nobel Prize.

$500 million +

Value of the ACS PRF endowment at year-end.


Number of 2015 Nobel Laureates in Chemistry – – Tomas Lindahl, Paul Modrich and Aziz Sancar.


Years since ACS inaugurated the ACS Chemistry Ambassadors program.

10,000 +

Number of ACS Chemistry Ambassadors.

49,000 +

News media stories generated by ACS press releases and social media activity in 2015.

22.1 billion +

Combined unique visits to websites and circulation of newspapers and magazines that ran stories on ACS journals and National Meeting research in 2015.

15.6 million +

Downloads/views of Office of Public Affairs videos and podcasts in 2015.


Number of economically disadvantaged high school students who participated in Project SEED in 2015.


Volunteer scientists and coordinators who mentored these Project Seed students.


Years since ACS inaugurated the ACS Scholars program.

2,800 +

Number of students from underrepresented backgrounds who have participated in ACS Scholars since 1995.


ACS Scholars who have earned at least a bachelor’s degree in a chemical science.


Total number of International Student Chapters.

1.5 million+

Indexed records added to CAplusSM in 2015.


Countries where SciFinder® is used.

103 million

Chemical substances in the CAS REGISTRYSM at the end of 2015.

66 million

Sequences in the CAS REGISTRYSM at the end of 2015.

85 million

CAS's collection of searchable single and multi-step reactions from 1840 to the present.

41,000 +

Number of peer-reviewed articles published in ACS Journals in 2015.


Number of core chemistry categories in which ACS Journals rank #1 in total citations and/or ISI Impact Factor™ as reported in the 2014 Journal Citation Reports® from Thomson Reuters.

250 +

Number of ACS Science Coaches during 2015-2016 school year.


Medals won – one gold, three silver – by the American team at the 47th International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO) in Baku, Azerbaijan, in 2015.