Toledo Local Section ACS (since 1917)


Toledo Local Section ACS: Supporting a Positive Reaction to Chemistry in Our Community

 SECTION MEETINGS are held nearly monthly at various venues. We offer dinner meetings with speakers, social events, company and laboratory tours for members and their guests.  Most programs are open to the public.  Some events are free and some have an admission charge.  Please check out our calendar for upcoming events.

OUTREACH EVENTS are held throughout the year to engage the public’s awareness of the benefits of chemistry in their lives and community.  We are always looking for volunteers to help with hands on demonstrations and planning of events. High school students can earn volunteer service hours working with us. Please contact us by email if interested.

2015 was our first year participating in STEM-in-the-PARK, the largest free family fun STEM event organized and hosted by NWO STEM at the Perry Field House at Bowling Green State University in Wood County.  We were back again in 2016 and this year!  Check out photo albums to see what a great time we have.  Volunteers at our table include section members, family members and students. We plan to be back again in 2017.

·         The Toledo Section hosts events every April in conjunction with the ACS themed Chemists Celebrate Earth Day (CCED).  In 2015 we will host a free public showing of PBS highly acclaimed film EARTH-The Operators Manual at the Maumee Indoor Theater on April 14 to celebrate the 2015 theme  "Climate Science-It's more than a weather report".  In 2013, as part of the 10th Anniversary of CCED, Toledo section purchased a legacy block at the Wildwood Metropark Visitor’s center and purchased trees for the park’s reclamation effort.  In 2014, we hosted a mini-symposium on the Wonders of Water, which featured 2 prominent local speakers discussing water very near and dear to us: the Ottawa River Water shed (Dr. Patrick Lawrence, Chair and Professor of Geography and Urban Planning at the University of Toledo and Partners for Clean Streams) and Lake Erie and Microcystin (Dr. Earl Campbell, Lake Erie Waterkeeper and Professor Emeritus of the former Medical College of Ohio).

·         We celebrate National Chemistry Week (NCW) annually with outreach events.  National Chemistry week is the week in October that encompasses National Mole Day or Avogadro’s Day: October 23.  The last several years we have partnered with Imagination Station in Toledo for a fun day of hands-on demonstrations relating to the ACS NCW theme. In 2014 and 2015 we are also partnering with 2 library systems: Toledo-Lucas County Library and Birchard Library in Fremont, OH. Check out photos.

·   Summer Library Reading Outreach Programs: Hooray!  We received another grant from the ACS Committee on Community Activities to support our 2016 programs.  Theme 2016 was On Your Mark, Get Set, EXPERIMENT!

 In summer 2014, we participated in the Toledo-Lucas County Library’s summer reading program: FIZZ BOOM READ by hosting hands-on demonstrations at 4 different branch libraries.  Check out photos. Preparations are underway to host several summer library reading outreach programs in 2015 on SUPER HEROESWe are grateful to have received an ACS Committee on Community Activities (CCA) Outreach Mini-Grant to support our 2015 programs.

·         Toledo Section is a proud co-sponsor of the annual Girls in Science Day at University of Toledo, organized by the Association of Women in Science (AWIS).

We also sponsor annually the U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad (USNCO). The primary goals of this program are to stimulate interest and achievement in chemistry among high school students throughout the United States and to provide recognition of outstanding young chemistry students, teachers, and schools. click here for 2017 flier.

ACS Project SEED: is summer research program that opens new doors for economically disadvantaged students to experience what it’s like to be a chemist. For the last 12 years we have co-sponsored students from the area to participate in the Project SEED program at the Department of Chemistry, University of Toledo.  For the last 3 years, at the end of the summer, we have hosted a mini-symposium featuring the students. Student’s families, friends, co-lab workers, faculty and section members have attended and enjoyed a light meal, social and networking, student presentations,  lab tours, and final send-off with cake reception.(see photos)

Student Chapters:  We are pleased to support local undergraduate and graduate students at colleges and universities within our geographical region. The University of Toledo has an active Student Chapter (visit their Facebook page). as does Heidelberg University, Adrian College and Bowling Green State University.

High School Teachers:   The American Association for Chemistry Teachers (AACT) is a great resource for science teachers.  We will be sponsoring teachers every year for AACT, which means we will pay for $40 of the $50 annual dues; sponsored teachers will then only have to pay $10 for their membership.  Click here for information about how to be considered for sponsorship in 2015.

If you have questions about this new association associated within the American Chemical Society, then visit their website or contact our Councilor, Dr. Andy Jorgensen, for more information. 

Toledo Section wants to invite all teachers to join us in participating in Section activities, events, programs and networking. High school teachers are a great bridge to share ACS and section outreach and educational information to students of all ages. They provide connections to high school students who want to volunteer, gain additional hands-on chemistry experience and earn service hours. Please contact us to have your name and high school added to our high school teachers email list for announcements and information about programs.

Student Research Travel GrantsThe Toledo ACS Section budgets money annually to be awarded to deserving students to help them defray some of the costs associated with traveling to a Chemistry Meeting in order to present their research as a poster or talk. Click here for the application form. 

Deadlines for Student Research Travel Grant application are by Feb 15, 2016 (for meetings March-June 2016, June 15 (for meetings July-September 2016) and September 15 (for meeting October 2016-February 2017). Print out and complete the attached application form.


Upcoming Events

Sunday Oct 22 - Saturday Oct 28
Saturday, Nov 11 at 5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Friday Nov 17 - Sunday Nov 19
Saturday, Dec 2 at 10:00 AM - Sunday, Dec 17 8:00 PM