Grants Can Help Your Chapter—
All You Have to Do is Apply
BY MATTHEW J. MIO
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A: All chapter travel grant applications for the 244th ACS National Meeting in Philadelphia are
due Wednesday, June 6, 2012.; For more information,
please contact Christopher Zeigler at firstname.lastname@example.org
or at 1-800-227-5558 x4565.;You’ll find the application
by going to www.acs.org/undergrad and clicking on
In tough economic times, “Funding Available” can be two of the most important words an ACS student chapter member can hear! While fund-raising is still a tried-and-true method for supporting programming, sometimes the nature of
an event or idea calls for a different financial plan. Are you aware that there are five
different opportunities, all funded through the ACS Undergraduate Programs Office,
to help student chapters provide community and student programming? All you
need is a willingness to explore the proposal process— a necessary quality for any
Community Interactions Grants (CIG) provide up to $500 in matching funds for
student chapters to engage under-represented minorities in the study of science.
Funded proposals deepen the understanding of science for K– 12 students, while
helping train chapter members to become teachers and mentors.
Do you have an off-the-wall idea that doesn’t seem to fit in your regular budget?
If so, Innovative Activities Grants (IAG) provide up to $500 to fund new and innovative chemistry-related programs for your chapter. For IAG ideas, see Allison Byrum
Proffitt’s article on page 16. Keep in mind, an IAG can be the start of something big;
see page 19 to find out about the Saint Francis University ROCK program, which all
began with an IAG in 1995.
Twice each year, ACS holds national meetings, where undergraduates gather
to talk chemistry, network, and have fun. Unless the meeting is being held nearby,
you’ll need funding to send your members. National Meeting Travel Grants support
student chapters by covering hotel, transportation, or registration fees for undergraduates presenting posters at national meetings.
Undergraduate Programming at Regional Meetings Grants provide up to $2,800
for chapters to coordinate undergraduate events and activities at ACS regional
meetings. Through these grants, chapter members advance their professional skill
sets by planning technical programming, all while having their event and publicity
Last but not least, Starter Grants for Student Chapters at Two-Year Colleges provide $500 to support the formation of new ACS student chapters or the reactivation
of inactive chapters at two-year colleges.
The grant proposal process itself is a fantastic learning experience. Developing an idea for an event, writing/submitting a proposal, and interpreting reviewer
comments can be very instructive. Some grants require recipients to also use their
analytical skills by assessing of the impact programming that takes place or reporting on how funds were ultimately used. From inception to afterglow, the granting
process is a rewarding one for the attentive learner.
Active chapters in good standing are eligible to apply for any of the grants
listed above. See the Student Chapter Grants link at www.acs.org/undergrad
for more information, and get cracking— there’s money out there for those
with great ideas. Applications for IAG, CIG , and National Meeting Travel Grants
are due June 6!
A: The only way to obtain a periodic table blanket is by referring a friend, a student, a colleague, or
a spouse for membership. If you recruit a new member
through the Member-Get-A-Member (MGM) campaign,
the Office of Member Services will send you a free
Periodic Table of the Elements blanket. This blanket
is unique to the MGM campaign and is not available
anywhere for purchase. For more information on the
periodic table blanket, please visit http://undergrad.acs.
A: Student chapter reports are due Wednesday, May 23, 2012. Please make sure your chapter
has an account for the online system.;For more information on student chapter reports, please go to www.acs.
org/undergrad and click on Student Chapters.;If you
have questions or experience any problems uploading
your forms, please contact Nicole Di Fabio at 1-800-227-
5558 x8010 or Robin Lindsey at 1-800-227-5558 x4480.
A: All active ACS student chapters may order study guides from the ACS Exams Institute at Iowa
State University. The address is ACS Exams Institute
at Iowa State University, 0213 Gilman Hall, Ames, IA
50010; 800-854-1672 (phone) or 515-294-4492 (fax).
Matthew J. Mio is an associate professor at the University of Detroit Mercy in
Detroit, MI. When he’s not enjoying time with his family or obsessing over
Halloween, he serves as Chair of the ACS Society Committee on Education
Task Force on Undergraduate Programming.
Robin Lindsey is a program administrator
in the ACS Undergraduate Programs Office.
She finds Ask ACS answers for you.
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