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. 2017 we had a Chem-tennial Hands-on Table.

The Toledo Section hosts events in April in conjunction with the ACS themed Chemists Celebrate Earth Day (CCED) and beginning in 2018 Chemists Celebrate Earth Week (CCEW).  

·         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 -2016 we partnered with 2 library systems: Toledo-Lucas County Library and Birchard Library in Fremont, OH. Check out photos.

·   Summer Library Reading Outreach Programs: Free hands-on programs have been offered at the libraries since 2014, with programs designed to coordinate with the library's summer reading 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 many years, at the end of the summer, we host 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 (non active)  and Bowling Green State University.

High School Teachers:   The American Association for Chemistry Teachers (AACT) is a great resource for science teachers.  We have sponsored teachers for AACT in past years. 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.