The ACS GPSO provides opportunities for graduate students to connect with one another. One of the most popular events is the Graduate and
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Postdoctoral Scholars Reception, which is held at every ACS national meeting.
Depending on your particular situation as a graduate student, the
responsibility for career preparation may fall largely or entirely
on your shoulders. The two-day Preparing for Life after Graduate
School workshop ( www.acs.org/gradworkshop) is organized by
ACS GPSO with the support of a host chemistry department, and
provides senior graduate students and postdoctoral scholars with
information, tools, and strategies on making career choices, obtaining positions, and other challenging tasks. This unique workshop
will enable you to:
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A Graduate and Postdoctoral Scholars Reception is held at
every ACS national meeting, usually from 7:00 to 8: 30 p.m. on
Monday, just before the popular poster session, Sci-Mix. The
reception held at the Spring 2012 ACS National Meeting in San
Diego attracted more than 700 graduate students and postdocs,
who enjoyed an evening of complimentary refreshments, opportunities to network with ACS technical division representatives,
and a chance to win a 64 GB iPad.
ACS is committed to building a strong chemistry graduate student community through GPSO and other programs and activities.
However, because the decisions you make as a graduate student
may have long-ranging implications later in your career, the responsibility falls mostly on you.
Given this fact, you cannot afford to wait for opportunities to
come knocking on your door. Start planning for your success early!
Become involved with groups within ACS, such as the Younger
Chemists Committee, your local section, and technical divisions. Seek
out mentors, network with your fellow students and other chemists
at ACS national meetings and, most of all, make sure you know how
to go about starting a successful career.
The period in your life where you must take a proactive role to be
successful begins now. ACS has the programs and resources you’ll
need as a graduate student — but we will need to hear from you and
your fellow students and postdoctoral colleagues in order to deliver
many of these services to you.
Be sure to stay in touch with us and the GPS community so that
your needs can be met. Indeed, whether you’re an undergraduate
student considering graduate school, or you’ve already taken that
step, join the ACS Graduate Students page on Facebook today and
leave a post on the wall to let us know that you’ve arrived! We’ll be
glad to welcome you!
If you have any questions about the programs and resources
available through the ACS GPSO, or would like to share any comments or concerns, do not hesitate to connect with us at GradEd@
acs.org. We look forward to serving you!
Joe Z. Sostaric is program manager in the
GPSO at ACS. He obtained his Ph.D. in
chemistry in 1999 at the University of
Melbourne, Australia, and has worked in
scientific research, consulting, and graduate
Corrie Y. Kuniyoshi is a senior education associate in the GPSO at ACS and
editor of the ACS Graduate & Postdoctoral Scholars Bulletin. She obtained her
Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2005.
Graduate Students and Recent
B.S. Recipients Receive Discounts
on ACS Dues!
A;person who is a full-time graduate student, majoring in a chemical science or related academic discipline, is entitled to
a discount of one-half of the membership dues. Special student
subscription prices for most journals are available.
In addition, if you are graduating with a bachelor’s degree in a
chemical science, you may apply for membership within one year
from the date of graduation to receive an extra discount of one-half of the membership dues.