Virginia Section

A Century of Service

Mentoring Program

Volunteer to mentor chemistry undergraduate students!

The Virginia Section of the ACS is offering a mentoring/mentee matching service in the chemical sciences. Our goal is to (1) increase participation in the chemistry community, (2) increase awareness of the types of jobs available in the chemistry workforce and (3) help students realize their potential. We are looking for mentors to assist sophomore or junior chemistry majors in their understanding of careers in Chemistry and how they may reach their professional goals. Mentors provide a valuable link between the undergraduate student and the professional community. Please follow the instructions below to sign up if you would like to volunteer in 2016!


Examples of student questions:

“What is your daily job like?”

“What types of positions am I qualified for?”

“What experiences can I put on my resume?” 


How to volunteer:

1. Sign up here: Providing a brief description of your work and area of expertise.

2. We will then send you instructions and a brief video on how to create a Mentor Profile on the ACS Network Site.

3. Mentees will contact you and once matched, you will need to update your status on your profile. 


You can choose to mentor one time, multiple times, or throughout a student's undergraduate experience. Any amount of time mentoring would be appreciated!


Contact us if you have questions:

Email Colleen Taylor

or Kathleen Sink 





Student Testimonials

"During the summer of 2015, I was matched with my mentor, Heather, through the ACS Mentor Program. Heather is an analytical scientist at Pfizer Consumer Healthcare in Richmond. On my application I indicated that I wanted to be able to shadow my mentor; Heather was more than willing to have me come in on a bi-weekly basis and shadow not only her, but other scientists as well.  This gave me invaluable insight and an opportunity that would have not been possible without this program.

Additionally, Heather has made herself available to answer any questions and offer advice on an array of topics: classes, graduate school, internships, and pharmaceuticals. This program provided me with a mentor who is truly invested in my future. I highly recommend the ACS mentor program to anyone undergraduate chemistry student interested in gaining a personal and professional relationship with a scientist in industry."

-Jason Halmo

Hampden-Sydney College ’17



"The college experience is a pivotal time in the life of a young scientist. Through the American Chemical Society's mentorship program I was presented with the opportunity to meet and learn from two excellent chemists working in industry for Pfizer. Because of the program I was able to network beyond academia and build my informed vision of a post-college career. I've enjoyed every shadowing session and fully recommend the program to any college-age chemists interested in a post-graduation career in chemistry."



Caitlyn Holzknecht