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Mini-grant program

Posted by Lee, Young-Jin on May 10, 2016 at 11:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Thanks to the healthy budget of the Ames local section, we have some funds available we would like to use to promote public awareness of chemistry in the local area. Here's some guidelines:


a. Deadline: There will be two deadlines per year: Jun 1st and Jan 1st. This is intentional to meet with the deadlines of ACS innovative project grants, that are due Jun 30th and Jan 31st, so that we may get some money back from ACS or provide more fund through ACS.

b. Fund size: The size of each grant is up to $500, but could be flexible depending on specific needs. We expect we will have more awards in the first two years, and intend to continue in the coming years subject to fund availability.

c. Eligibility: Any ACS local section member or anybody involved in chemistry education (e.g. high school chemistry teachers) can apply.

d. Form: Please send the chair ( a half page proposal before the due date. Include 1) project title, 2) name of proposer and contact information (email, phone, mailing address to send a check), 3) project details, 4) expected impact, 5) data/time/place of the event (if applicable), and 6) any supporting information (if applicable).

e. Supported projects: Any activity that will enhance public awareness of chemistry. Examples include, but not limited to:

i) Chemistry lab equipment for high school or middle schools.

ii) College undergraduate club for science demonstration to public (such as SCUM at ISU that are currently funded).

iii) Chemistry related event preferentially for public education/awareness.

f. If you are currently being funded (e.g., SCUM), you don't have to re-apply.

g. We are especially interested in funding high school chemistry labs. Please send this message to your local high school chemistry teachers, and encourage them to apply. The high school has to be located within the boundary of Ames local section. Ames Local section currently covers Hamilton, Hardin, Boone, Story, Marshall, Polk, and Jasper county.

h. Any inquiry is welcome to the chair.

i. If we have too many high-quality proposals, some projects may be funded in the next cycle.


Centennial Dinner: Thursday, Nov 10, 6-8 pm

Posted by Lee, Young-Jin on May 10, 2016 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (1)

Centennial Dinner to celebrate centenial anniversary of Ames Local section

Details are to be determined, but please mark your calendar for now. Tentative plan includes to have an invited lecture and recognition ceremony of members with fifty and sixty years of services. These will take place in Hach Hall, the new chemistry building at Iowa State University, completed in 2010. This will be an excellent opportunity to have a social gathering between our members, which we have not had for a very long time. In addition to professional members, student members and retired members are all welcome. Please suggest us any idea regarding the program or speaker. Stay tuned! More information is coming early fall.


Local Section Election

Posted by anonymous on February 25, 2015 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (0)

The local section election is under way. Emails have been sent to all members, so if you haven't received an email, contact Tom Holme at and we'll get you voting information immediately.

2013 Midwest Regional Meeting

Posted by Site Administrator on August 12, 2013 at 12:25 PM Comments comments (0)

The 2013 Midwest Regional Meeting is in Springfiled, MO, on October 16-19.

Employment Seminars and Workshops

Posted by Site Administrator on January 20, 2012 at 10:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Thursday & Friday February 2nd & 3rd

RSVP to by noon Tuesday January 31st indicating which sessions that you will attend.

The Ames Local Section of the American Chemical Society is pleased to be sponsoring a series of employment and career management seminars and workshops; All presentations will be held on the Iowa State University campus. These seminars and workshops are suitable for undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, and mid-career ACS members in the fields of chemistry, chemical engineering, biology, physics, and biochemistry. All are welcome to attend any number of the presentations. The workshops will cover the major components of job hunting: employment trends, personal assessment, targeting the job market (networking and resume preparation), and interviewing skills; Career management resources available from the American Chemical Society will be explored. This workshop covers information useful for those seeking jobs in industry, academia, or government.

Session I. Careers for Chemists - Traditional and Non-
Thursday February 2nd
4:10 – 5:00 PM in 1652 Gilman Hall
Abstract. A chemistry background prepares you for much more than just a laboratory career. The broad science education, analytical thinking, research methods, and other skills learned are of value to a wide variety of types of employers, and essential for a plethora of types of positions. By understanding your own personal values and interests, you can make informed decisions about what career paths to explore, and identify positions that match your needs. This talk will discuss a variety of nontraditional careers for chemists, such as chemical information, patent work, technical writing, education, human resources, sales and marketing, and much more. We will discuss typical tasks, education or training requirements, and personal characteristics that make for a successful career in each field, illustrated with specific examples. Valuable tips and advice about planning career transitions will also be provided.

Session II. Managing an Effective Job Search: Targeting the Job Market
Thursday February 2nd
6:00 – 7:15 PM in 1652 Gilman Hall
Abstract. This is the first of three ACS workshops. The workshop helps candidates carefully plan their job search campaign and locate just the right position for them. The workshop explores the current job market and helps the job candidate understand both posted and hidden job resources. The job seeker also has an opportunity to explore their own personal values, skills and motivators as it relates to job opportunities. Finally, participates explore networking as a tool to identify and research potential employers.

Session III. Managing an Effective Job Search: Resume Preparation for Chemical Professionals
Thursday February 2nd
7:30 – 8:45 PM in 1652 Gilman Hall
Abstract. This workshop is a how-to guide in preparing an effective resume, cover letter and personal data portfolio. It will cover the purpose of a resume and the structure including the introduction sections, the background sections and the supporting information. The workshop will also cover what not to include on a resume and critiquing ineffective structures of resumes. Finally, the workshop will explore the components of a resume portfolio and preparing a cover letter. Participates will have time to refine or begin their own resumes.

Session IV. Managing an Effective Job Search: Effective Interviewing
Friday February 3rd
8:00 – 9:15 AM in 2205 Gilman Hall
Abstract. This workshop will cover how to prepare for an effective interview. Participates will explore the interview process and learn about behavioral interview questions and how to handle them. The workshop will discuss handling other difficult questions and final preparation for the different types of interviews, including screening, telephone and on-site. Finally, the workshop will cover how to handle on-site research talks and manage your final job decisions. Please RSVP to by noon Tuesday January 31st indicating that you intend to attend this session.

About the presenter
Dr. Lisa M. Balbes ( founded Balbes Consultants LLC (formerly Osiris Consultants) in 1992 to help companies produce better scientific documentation. She provides scientific writing and editing services to more then 50 client companies, including Bausch and Lomb Surgical, Divergence, SigmaAldrich, Stereotaxis, and the FDA. Dr. Balbes is the author of Nontraditional Careers for Chemists, published by Oxford University Press in 2006. She earned her Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and her undergraduate degrees in chemistry and psychology from Washington University in St Louis. Dr. Balbes is currently a councilor for the St Louis local section of the American Chemical Society, and the chair of the national Committee on Economic and Professional Affairs. She was chair of the St Louis Section in 2002, and received both an Outstanding Local Section Achievement Award and a Salute to Excellence Award for her work there. She has been an ACS volunteer career consultant since 1993, providing advice and information to hundreds of scientists, and is an internationally invited speaker on career-related topics.

Flyer available in Documents.

Volunteer to be 2012 CCED Coordinator for your Local Section

Posted by Site Administrator on December 6, 2011 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Come sign up to be a Chemists Celebrate Earth Day (CCED) Coordinator for your Local Section. This is a wonderful opportunity to spearhead activities and generate interest at the community level. The 2012 Theme is “Rethinking Recycling – It’s Easy to Be Green!” You can join the CCED Network Group to connect with fellow coordinators and plan your activities.

As CCED Coordinator, you will be notified of the upcoming CCED Illustrated Poem contest and when CCED products are replenished in the ACS store.

As you begin planning activities, we encourage you to submit your scheduled CCED events here. We welcome your proactive efforts.


Aviva Westheim

Welcome to the new site

Posted by Site Administrator on October 19, 2011 at 10:35 PM Comments comments (0)
Welcome to the new site for the Ames Local Section. This site utilizes ACS templates and is powered by Webs Site Builder. Multiple people can edit the site. In addition, I have allowed members to post calender events and announcements. Hopefully, our communication will ease and people will find it easier to be involved.The old site at will remain available for a short time.

I will continue to update the site, but we will need a new webmaster this summer. Feel free to contact me with any suggestions or content.

Thank you,
Selena Russell