as ACS Members
BY MARY M. KIRCHHOFF AND JODI L. WESEMANN
The ACS Council, composed of about 500 members representing 34 technical divisions and 189 local sections, voted to
approve the petition on April 9, 2008. Once the ACS Board of
Directors approved the petition, it was sent to the full membership for approval during the fall 2008 election and passed by an
overwhelming margin. The next step was getting the membership database, forms, and website ready to go. In June, the new
membership categories will be in place.
IT’S OFFICIAL! THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY is changing its membership categories, making it easier for undergraduate students, teachers, and chemical technicians to become members. The bylaw changes demonstrate that ACS values the participation of those who will shape the future of the Society and the chemical enterprise.
It’s also a big deal! Bylaw changes in a professional society the size of ACS are not trivial, and crafting this particular
change engaged a number of groups across the Society. The
Membership Affairs Committee coordinated the preparation
of the petition, soliciting input from the Society Committee on
Education, which has oversight of the Student Affiliates program.
More than a name change
Upon first glance, the student membership change looks
straightforward. ACS Student Affiliates will become ACS student members. ACS Student Affiliates Chapters will become
ACS student chapters. You will receive the same great programs
and resources at the same reduced rates that you received as
a Student Affiliate — including in Chemistry magazine, reduced
meeting registration rates, and access to career resources — but
more as well. A closer look should convince you that the change
of status is significant and offers some special opportunities.
A stronger voice
As an ACS member you will be able to vote in ACS elections, helping select ACS leaders. National elections occur in
November. Statements from candidates for president-elect and
members of the board of directors are available on-line and
printed in Chemical & Engineering News. Members may vote electronically or by paper ballot. As a student member, you are not
eligible to run for national office, but you can help ensure that
candidates address issues important to you.