Purpose

The Northeastern Section of the ACS (NESACS) is a large section – over 6000 members, according to National ACS. On average, about eighty members attend monthly section meetings. These meetings usually take place somewhere in the Boston area on the second Thursday of each month between September and May. In addition, the section has a vibrant Younger Chemists Committee (see www.nsycc.org), a very active medicinal chemistry sub-group, and a dynamic Education Committee, which oversee a wide range of additional activities. All of this happens, not through the will or efforts of the current Chair, but through the continued goodwill of our active membership, a very talented, hardworking and vibrant group of individuals representing a wide range of interests and backgrounds in the Boston area chemical community. We are truly blessed as a section in which so many give so freely of their time, skills, and interests in service to the Section in many different capacities!

NESACS sponsors a number of awards, travel grants and scholarships to honor professional chemists: The Hill Award for Outstanding Service to the Northeastern Section of the ACS, Richards Award for Excellence in Teaching Secondary School Chemistry, the Esselen award for Chemistry in the Public Interest and the Grants-in-Aid for undergraduate students presenting papers at a National ACS Meeting and more.

We have something to offer everyone, whether you are an academic or industrial professional, student chemist, retiree, or are unemployed. Volunteering with NESACS can provide you with a way to network with other chemists, to find employment, obtain leadership training and/or leadership experience that may enhance your career in chemistry locally and at the national level, a way to give something back through service and/or mentorship, or simply a way to have fun and meet others who also enjoy chemistry.