ACS Education & Diversity

To truly improve people's lives through the transforming power of chemistry, 21st century chemical professionals need excellent training and access to educational opportunities as they prepare for and advance in their careers. We also believe that greater diversity leads to greater innovation and advances in the chemical sciences.

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ACS offers a suite of high-quality educational programs that can propel you forward, no matter if you are just starting out, or if you are a mid-career scientist or teacher looking to add the newest innovations to your set of skills.

  • ACS Project SEED encourages economically disadvantaged high school students to explore career opportunities in the chemical sciences. For more than 40 years, this program has helped students at critical junctures in their lives. It also has successfully stimulated interest in the sciences. Project SEED also offers scholarships to students who plan to major in a chemical science or engineering field.

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  • ACS Scholars Program offers undergraduate scholarships to African-American, Hispanic/Latino and American Indian students, including those indigenous to the continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii and American Samoa. These scholarships are intended to help students who are pursuing undergraduate degrees in the chemical sciences or chemical technology.

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  • The ACS-Hach Second-Career Teacher Grants are awarded to chemists who are pursuing their teaching certification or Master's degrees in education in order to teach high school chemistry. Grant recipients receive $6,000 for full-time study and $3,000 for part-time study.

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  • The Academic Employment Initiative supports the academic hiring process. The centerpiece of this program is a poster session conducted during Sci-Mix at ACS Fall national meetings, where graduate students and postdoctoral scholars can meet informally with academic recruiters.

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  • Continuing Education programs are offered to enhance the skills of working scientists in the field. In addition, the Society strives to invigorate classroom teaching as well by offering workshops for upper elementary, middle and high school teachers.

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  • ACS Diversity Committees create a sense of community for our multicultural members and serve as catalysts/advocates for the increased representation, retention and recognition of underrepresented communities in the chemical sciences.

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  • Awards & Recognition programs provide monetary support for members to participate in leadership development workshops. In addition, they are eligible to receive travel, starter and mini grants. These programs also highlight the innovative initiatives of ACS local sections, student affiliate chapters, members and institutions in advancing diversity and promoting inclusion within the chemical sciences.

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