Virginia Section

A Century of Service

April Activities

April 9 - Deadline for entering posters for April 13 meeting at UVA, 9:00 am
April 11 - Deadline for reservations for pizza dinner at April 13 meeting, noon

Volunteer with the American Chemical Society at the 2018 March for Science 

When: Saturday, April 14th from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Where: Grounds of the Washington Monument, National Mall, Washington, D.C.

Join ACS at the 2018 March for Science on April 14, where we'll teach young
march-goers about the importance of chemistry in our everyday lives.

Before the stage presentations and march begin, visit our teach-in tent called the 
ACS Kids Zone
 to conduct fun hands-on activities, learn about the 
Chemists Celebrate Earth Week
 public awareness campaign, hang out with Professor Molenium, receive our children’s publication 
Celebrating Chemistry
 and other exciting giveaways, and more!

If you’re interested in conducting outreach, we would love for you to
volunteer with us. We'll need help distributing goggles at the welcome table,
conducting the four hands-on activities, and surveying tent guests.
Volunteers can sign up at

If you have any questions, please email Whether you visit the
ACS Kids Zone as a guest or a volunteer, we hope to see you there!


WCC meeting at Travinia Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar, Richmond,

April 20 - 5:00 pm 

Please RSVP to Kathryn Deibler ( by noon on April 18. ________________________________________________________


Sunday, April 22, 2018
12:00 - 4:00 PM

Science Museum of Virginia

2500 West Broad Street, Richmond
Admission to the Science Museum is not required for participation in Dive into Marine Chemistry

For more inforamtion contact Kristine Smetana at   _______________________

2018 CCEW Illustrated Poem Contest
Dive into Marine Chemistry

The Virginia Section of the American Chemical Society (ACS) is sponsoring an illustrated poem contest for students in Kindergarten through 12th grade.  The Flyer is available. 

Contest Deadline: April 22 2018

Prizes:  Barnes and Nobel Gift Cards $25- First Place, $15-Second Place and $10 3rd Place, in each grade category (K-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12).
Contact: Kristine Smetana

The Application is available as a fillable Word document



April 13 - Section Meeting at the University of Virginia - Dr. Shana Cyr, student awards, undergraduate research poster session, 5:00 pm
April 18 - YCC-sponsored tour of Anton-Paar in Ashland, 4:15 pm
April 22 - Earth Week Program, "Dive into Marine Chemistry", Science Museum of Virginia, Richmond, 12:00-4:00 pm
April 22 - Deadline for entries to the CCEW Illustrated Poem Contest
May 12 - Virginia Section Executive Committee Meeting, 9:00 am
May 23-25,  2018,  VIRGINIA ACADEMY OF SCIENCE ANNUAL MEETING Longwood University, Farmville, Virginia


 As you may know, the VAS/VJAS meeting will be held at Longwood University this year. We are very excited for this event but we STILL need judges! Please consider volunteering to sign up as a judge for the VJAS papers. They are also looking for people to participate in a Career Fair. If you are interested in judging, please click this link to fill out the form:
Please direct any questions about judging or the Career Fair to Susan Booth at the VAS (


Welcome to the Virginia Local Section Home Page.  On April 9th, 1915 the Virginia Section was established by the American Chemical Society.  Our section is located in Virginia and is one of the 184 local sections of the American Chemical Society, the world’s largest scientific society.  For a list of the counties and cities of Virginia that constitute our section, click here.  

The Virginia Local Section serves the community by advancing chemistry and communicating its impact on people’s lives. Our Mission is to inspire, educate, develop, and connect Virginia chemists and the community for the benefit of Earth and its people.

The section fulfills its mission by promoting public awareness of chemistry, being involved in community outreach programs and working with chemistry students and STEM programs to enhance scientific awareness and communicate the value of chemistry in our society.  We provide networking opportunities and mentoring experiences to connect chemists working in government, academics and industry to strengthen and serve the local chemistry community.  The Virginia Section has a rich history of many activities and events it has supported to promote the chemical sciences throughout the past 100 years.  We need your passion and dedication to drive success for the next 100 years.

The publications of the Virginia Section are available within “The Bulletin” menu item.  The Bulletin is published monthly from September through April each year.  The Bulletin is the main publication for local sections meetings, special events and news.  

The executive officers and committees chairs contact information are listed in the menu item, Executive Committee.  The Virginia Section has several active committees that bring chemistry to the community. The general description of the focus of each committee is posted under the Committees menu item. Help the Virginia Section by serving on one of our committees or volunteering. Engagement provides opportunities for networking and development. To get more information, volunteer your services, or make suggestions, contact the Chair of the section, Kathleen Sink Spangler  at  804-370-8097 and

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Virginia Section of the ACS, click here for more information.


Are you new this year to the Virginia Section of ACS?

Being new to Virginia Section of ACS can perhaps be a little intimidating. We want to help alleviate any uneasiness as you are introduced to this unfamiliar environment with warmth and help you get the most out of your experience. Our new “Buddy System” matches up new members with longer-standing members.   Click on Activities and then New Member for the forms to sign up for this activity.

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