Take photos to
accurate picture of your strengths and
Appoint a record keeper
It’s easy to forget details of events that
took place six months earlier!
Don’t try to re-create all the statistics at the time the report is due.
Your chapter officers should keep
track of membership records and
statistics, including event dates
and locations, chapter participants,
and audiences served throughout
the year, as the events occur. This
will make the report writing much
easier to complete in the spring.
It will also be more useful to
your chapter and create a more
Use the report template
How your report is presented is important. Make sure you use the report template that is found on the ACS website
at www.acs.org/undergrad. It has step-by-step, easy-to-follow instructions.
Be concise but thorough. Many chapters list their activities but include only
the briefest of descriptions in the summa-ries, leaving reviewers with few insights.
Use the summary space to describe your
chapter’s role in the events. Did you plan
the activity as well as help to present it?
What challenges did members need to
overcome? Were there any extenuating
circumstances you feel the reviewers
should know about?
Chapter members from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, MI,
hold an annual crawfish boil.
or that the images
shown in the chapter
video presented at the
ACS spring national
meeting are most often
obtained from the
Make it a
The main objective
in writing a chapter report is to be as effi-
cient and effective as possible. Teamwork
plays a large role when writing the
report, and the entire process should be
a collaboration involving you, other
chapter members, and your faculty
advisor. Consider having different
officers write specific sections.
Keep accurate records
This process begins with the
chapter officers, who should record all
the activities that took place during the
past academic year, such as attendance
and participation in events, who was
involved in planning, whether the
events were community- or
• Reflect on the year and its successes and challenges,
describing how they overcome their challenges.
• Foster involvement and interactions among chapter
• Evenly distribute chapter responsibilities.
• Make an effort to recruit and retain members.
• Hold effective, regularly scheduled chapter meetings
and officer meetings.
• Have a variety of funding sources — including their
college, department, local section, local industry, and
grants — and provide details on available funds and
• Leverage career resources outside of their institutions.
• Demonstrate integration and interaction within their
chemistry departments and encourage faculty
• Communicate regularly to members and reach their
audiences through a variety of media.
• Demonstrate extensive involvement in the community.
• Attend local, regional, and national meetings and
events, participating in those held on their campuses.
• Celebrate NCW, Mole Day, and Earth Day at their school
and in their communities.