Celebrating 125 Years of the NC-ACS!

Welcome to the North Carolina Local Section of the American Chemical Society.

We are a scientific society dedicated to supporting scientific inquiry in the field of chemistry. Our section was founded in 1896 and is the oldest section in the South. Our founding fathers recognized the importance of being a resource to our community, supporting the advancement of chemistry and the importance of involvement at the local level. Our membership is diverse with an opportunity to connect no matter where you are in your career.

NC ACS Project SEED graduate, Kizzmekia Corbett, Profiled in UMBC Magazine

Everyone who’s ever met Kizzmekia Corbett ’08, M16, biological sciences and sociology, gets it.

Call for Nominations: Distinguished Speaker and Marcus E. Hobbs Awards

The Executive Committee invites all NC-ACS members to nominate worthy individuals for the NC-ACS Distinguished Speaker Award. This award was established in 1982 to recognize someone from the NC-ACS region (nominee doesn't need to be an ACS member) who has made significant and recognized research contributions to the chemical sciences. The Distinguished Speaker serves as the keynote lecturer at the annual NC-ACS Local Section Conference each fall, and he or she is also honored with a monetary award and plaque. The nomination package should include a nominating letter summarizing the nominee's research contributions, a current CV for the nominee, and up to two additional letters of support. Nominations are welcomed for researchers in academia, government, or industry. Please submit application materials electronically to carolinesloan529@gmail.com by July 11, 2021.

In addition, the Executive Committee also invites all NC-ACS members to nominate individuals for the Marcus E. Hobbs service award, which was established in 1988 to recognize members who have made significant, longterm service contributions to NC-ACS. The award was named for Marcus E. Hobbs, a model member who worked closely with the North Carolina Section for many years, including service as Chair of the local section in 1945. Dr. Hobbs was a professor emeritus of chemistry and University Distinguished Service Professor at Duke University. He was also Distinguished Governor Emeritus of RTI International and played an instrumental role in the creation of the Research Triangle Park. To nominate someone for this award, please fill out the following online form by July 31st, 2021: http://goo.gl/9bAHuf

125th Anniversary Commemoration T-Shirts Available

Commemorative t-shirts are still available, but sizes and color selection are limited.

Fill out this T-Shirt Request Form to get a free t-shirt to celebrate our local section's 125th anniversary.

(NOTE: All t-shirt orders received as of May 27th have been fulfilled.)

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Workshop Grant Awardees -


  • 2021 ACS LEADS Conference

    • November 4 - 6, 2021 in Washington, DC - A new 3-day event focused on preparing high-potential young professionals and students for successful and impactful careers in the chemical enterprise. This event, conceived by ACS Past-President, Luis Echegoyen, will bring together highly esteemed chemists, scientists, chemical professionals, and Nobel Laureates for networking, self-reflection, career exploration, mentoring, and technical discussions.

    • All selected applicants receive free travel, housing and meals during this event. Travel expenses and incidentals will be covered for attendees, including air fare, Visa expenses (for international attendees), hotel lodging, ground transportation, and meals for the duration of the conference.

    • Please visit the 2021 ACS LEADS Conference page to determine eligibility and apply.

    • APPLICATION DEADLINE: Monday, May 31, 2021.

Calls for Volunteers

  • Chemistry Olympiad: On behalf of the North Carolina ACS Local Section, I would like to invite your students to participate in the 2021 US National Chemistry Olympiad. This program is a multi-tiered competition that promotes excellence in high school chemistry. All students who participate in the national exam will be recognized and presented with a certificate from ACS Headquarters. Based on the top scores, approximately 150 students receive recognition for outstanding performance at the national level. Twenty of the top scoring students on the national exam will attend a two-week study camp. Based on a combination of objective and subjective evaluations, four students will represent the United States at the 53rd International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO). A student from your local section could make the team!

    • This year the local exam will be held virtually on Saturday, March 27, 2021 from 3:00 PM – 4:50 PM ET. The students will need to fill out a Google form registration in order to participate (details below).

    • The event will need help from the local section and teachers for proctoring that day, so if you can volunteer please fill out this USNCO NC Local Chapter Volunteer Proctor Form.

    • Students interested in participating in the 2021 US National Chemistry Olympiad local exam virtually, which takes place on Saturday, March 27, 2021 from 3:00 PM – 4:50 PM ET, should register their intent by January 31, 2021 by filling out the 2021 NC Local Exam Registration Form.

  • The following committees are looking for additional local members:

    • Younger Chemist Committee (YCC)

    • Womens Chemist Committee (WCC)

    • Senior Chemists (SCC)