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Annual Student and Teacher Awards Night
April 2, 2023 (Leslie Waits)
Please join us Tuesday, April 18 from 5 to 9pm, as we celebrate our annual Teacher and Student Award night at Northern Kentucky University. In addition to recognizing student achievement in chemistry, we will present this year's outstanding educators of the year awards and members of our section that have reached the remarkable milestones of 50, 60 and 70 years of service.
Online pre-registration is required. The deadline for registration is April 12. Visit the Meetings Page for more information and to register
March 5, 2023 (Leslie Waits)
Please join the Cincinnati Local Section on Thursday March 23 at 7PM for our first virtual meeting of the year. Since all the universities in the area have different spring breaks and the ACS’s meeting in Late March, we have decided to hold a virtual meeting.
How people are using ChatGPT has recently become a pressing issue. However, many aren’t sure of the capabilities, limitations, and opportunities that ChatGPT presents. This meeting aims to help us develop an understanding of ChatGPT and how it might impact us (in both positive and negative ways). He will begin with an introduction and overview of ChatGPT, before transitioning to an open discussion.
Check the Meetings Page for more information on connecting via Zoom.
March 5, 2023 (Webmaster)
Hello Local STEM Students and Professionals! We have an exciting event coming in the next month. Click the image for more details.
Cash prizes up to $500 will be given to the best undergraduate student, graduate student, and professional poster presentations. Anyone performing research within the boundaries of the Dayton Section or collaborating with Dayton-Section researchers is welcome to present a poster. Submit your abstract of 250 words or fewer by April 1st, 2023. Come join us for some networking, fun, and learning of what our local section members are researching! Submit at this link.
ACS-Hach Scholarship/Grant Opportunities
March 5, 2023 (Lynn Hogue)
A recent edition of "ACS Matters" newsletter announced several scholarship/grant opportunities that might be of interest to Cincinnati ACS members.
ACS-Hach Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Scholarship: provides financial support of up to $6,000 for full-time study and up to $3,000 for part-time study for chemistry graduates with limited work experience to obtain a master's degree in education or teacher certification in chemistry. Apply here by May 1.
ACS-Hach Second Career Teacher Scholarship: provides financial support of up to $6,000 for full-time study and up to $3,000 for part-time study for chemistry professionals to obtain a master's degree in education or teacher certification in chemistry. Apply here by May 1.
ACS-Hach High School Chemistry Classroom Grant: grants of up to $1,500 are available for high school chemistry teachers to use to cover basic classroom or laboratory needs, fund professional development experiences, or support innovative ideas in chemistry education. Apply here by June 1.
March 5, 2023 (Jay Eylem)
The Cincinnati Section of the ACS has several awards that are given annually, and it is more important than ever to recognize individuals for their outstanding contributions to advance chemistry and inspire future generations. We encourage you to recognize these individuals.
Excellence in Teaching Awards
Each year the Cincinnati section recognizes outstanding local teachers with our Excellence in Teaching Awards. We are seeking teachers who make a difference in students’ lives through excellent, innovative teaching methods, who encourage students to pursue science, and who have shown a dedication to their profession. A High School Chemistry teacher, a Middle School and Primary Science teacher are eligible, and each level will be awarded separately. If you know of a teacher who should be recognized, send their name, school, and school district to Lynn Hogue, email@example.com. We will pursue letters of recommendation. Nominations are due by March 29, 2023. These awards will be given at the April 18, 2023, Cincinnati ACS meeting.
Chemist and Technician of the Year
The Cincinnati Local Section of the American Chemical Society is requesting nominations for Chemist and Researcher of the Year Award. These awards recognize outstanding individuals who work in chemistry-related fields and have made significant contributions to chemistry related-fields, society and the community.
The Chemist of the Year is required to be a local ACS member in good standing. Nomination requires two letters of recommendation and a CV.
The Technician/Chemical Technologist of the Year is not required to be an ACS member. One letter of recommendation and a cv should be submitted for consideration.
Nominations and letters of recommendation for these are due by May 5, 2023. Awards will be given at our May 25, 2023, Cincinnati ACS meeting. Please contact Jay Elem (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information or to forward nominations.
February Meeting at MSJ
January 30, 2023 (Leslie Waits)
Please join us starting at 5:00 at Mount Saint Joseph University for our February Meeting. The featured speaker is Andrea M. Carrao, PhD Candidate in Pharmaceutical Sciences – Biomembranes at the James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy | University of Cincinnati. She will talk about her work at Kao involving environmental regulatory side of sunscreens.
For more information and to register, please visit the meeting page.
ACS SEED Program at UC
January 30, 2023 (Webmaster)
For more than twenty years the Chemistry Department at the University of Cincinnati has run an ACS SEED program. This program, organized by the ACS, gives high school students from disadvantaged backgrounds an opportunity to spend one or two summers at doing research at the university. Until recently this program has been funded by the ACS SEED national program and the professors hosting the students in the lab. For the last few years, the local ACS Section has contributed to this program, which has allowed us to extend the program to host more students.
For further training, the ACS SEED students participate in educational and professional workshops and activities that were designed for the students enrolled in the National Science Foundation Undergraduate Research Experience (NSF-REU) that runs concurrently with the SEED program. This allows the high school students access to workshops and discussions on topics such as laboratory safety, scientific writing, library resources, database searching, careers in chemistry, job interviewing and making an oral presentation. We modified some of the topics that we have been teaching in the “Life After Graduate School” (LAGS) course for the NSF-REU. During this program, the students were introduced to topics such as interviewing skills and career choices in industry, as well as a career opportunities panel discussion. We also constructed workshops specifically for the ACS SEED students that were focused on applying to college and how to survive and thrive in college. At the end of the summer most the ACS SEED students participate in a cumulative poster session with the REU students and other high school students working in the department for practice in preparing and presenting scientific data.
Recently, we have had four high school students in the program each summer. We recruit students from Walnut Hill Highs School, Beavercreek High School and Western Hills High School. Our ACS SEED students have been outstanding in carrying out research in collaboration with graduate students in the laboratories with many of them are co-authors on papers from their research groups. Most of them have presented posters at local, regional and national ACS meetings. The students from past years’ programs have all gone on to college, including acceptance at prestigious universities such as Stanford University, Yale, Cornell University, St Louis University, University of Cincinnati, Wellesley College, Ohio State University, Miami University, and New York University among others. It has been an honor to work with these talented students.
Lastly, the ACS SEED program has an important impact on the graduate students at the University of Cincinnati. Having young, talented students to work with daily over a summer is instrumental in helping graduate students develop their mentoring and management skills. As a testament to this, the graduate students in the local chapter of Graduate Consortium for Cultural Diversity in Chemistry (CCDC) at the University of Cincinnati have reached out to the ACS SEED students to be their informal mentors after the program ends. This organization has been wonderful in bringing diverse groups of students together, working on science outreach to local middle and high schools, and making sure that diversity thrives among the graduate students. In short, the ACS SEED program is beneficial in many ways beyond just the high school students it serves.
You can read more at the UC ACS SEED Blog.