The American Chemical Society chartered its first ACS interna- tional student chapter in April
2014 at the Technical University of
Munich, Germany. Now, the society
has 27 international student chapters in 17 countries: Brazil, China,
Colombia, Egypt, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, India, Italy, Jamaica,
Malaysia, Mexico, Nigeria, Qatar, Saudi Arabia,
Singapore, and the United Arab Emirates.
These chapters are growing in parallel with ACS
International Chemical Sciences Chapters, which now
number 16 (Chemical & Engineering News, June 22, 2015,
page 43). To remain active, student chapters need to
maintain a minimum of six paid ACS members and submit a chapter report at least once every three years.
“The student chapters give international student
members of ACS an opportunity to learn more about
the society and its resources, build a community
around chemistry, and stay engaged with ACS”, says
Nicole Di Fabio, manager of undergraduate programs
at ACS. “It’s also an opportunity for students to gain
cross-cultural experiences. Some of the student chap-
ter members, for example, have attended ACS national
meetings in the United States, where they’ve presented
Here is a look at what some of these international stu-
dent chapters have been up to since their formation.
Linda Wang is a senior editor for Chemical & Engineering
News magazine. She has a B.S. in biochemistry from the
University of Wisconsin, Madison and an M.S. in science
and technology journalism from Texas A&M University,
The original version of this article appeared in the ACS weekly news
magazine, Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN). “A Look at the
International ACS Student Chapters,” C&EN, 2016, 94 (31), pp 36–37.
A Look at ACS International
BY LINDA WANG
From Chemical & Engineering News,
Students from the University of São Paulo chapter in
Brazil (chartered in October 2015) have hosted a round-table to explore different chemistry topics and participated in a science fair at a local high school.
The University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica,
chapter participated in the “Communicating Chemistry: Caribbean Cuisine” competition at the 252nd
ACS National Meeting in San Diego. Chartered in
April 2015, the chapter has also toured Salada Foods
Jamaica Ltd., one of Jamaica’s coffee manufacturers,
and gone on air at a local TV station to discuss the
chemistry of Jamaica’s national fruit, the ackee.
Since its charter in October 2014, the ACS student chapter at the University
of Science, Malaysia, has visited the Spritzer factory chemical plant to expose
members to careers in chemical engineering; organized competitions to help
members sharpen their public speaking skills; attended the fall 2015 ACS
national meeting in Boston; and hosted an ACS student forum to promote
communication among students, academics, and industrial scientists.