Tampa Bay Local Section


The Tampa Bay Section of the American Chemical Society (section # 406) was established in 1994. We promote public awareness of chemistry by being involved in outreach programs in our community and work with students to encourage an interest in the chemical science arena.

Our membership is encompasses the Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando, Manatee and Sarasota counties with 700+ members.

The American Chemical Society (ACS) is one of the largest professional organizations that represent the chemical industry. The ACS supports 160,000+ members globally, publishing its weekly C&EN magazine and up-to-date scientific journals. 

Upcoming Events/Announcements:

Be sure to refer to our newsletter or write to us for more information on the following upcoming events.


1.) The nominating committee is seeking candidates for the 2019 executive committee. Please contact tampabay.acs@gmail.com if you are interested.

Current Openings (for 2018): Chair Elect and Secretary  

2.) We are exploring the idea of starting a SEED program where high school students can do a paid summer research project at the university level. Contact tampabay.acs@gmail.com if interested. 

3.) ACS Tampa Bay Section, Meet and Greet, Fort DeSoto Barbecue - April 15th: Please join us for a barbecue at Fort DeSoto State Park (shelter 9, see map) on Sunday April15th starting at 1 PM. Grilled chicken, burgers, beef ribs, and veggie burgers are on the menu as well as chips/dips and light refreshments. Anyone with a special diet please contact Gary Laco at glaco@tampabay.rr.com. Plan for a fun and relaxing day meeting your local members and enjoying our great outdoors. The large shelter 9 covers the tables for plenty of shade, and the beach is just steps away with a lagoon that should be pretty warm. There is also a shorebird habitat close by for bird watchers. Feel free to bring any beach games, kayaks, and the like. Please RSVP to glaco@tampabay.rr.com. We looking forward to seeing everyone!

4.) FAME 2018

Our neighboring ACS Section, the Florida Section, would like to remind you that the FAME conference is upcoming, May 3-5. Registration is open, and there is a discount for early registration. You can also get a group rate if you book your hotel through the website by April 3.  



1.)  U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad – April 23rd


On April 23rd, eight of Tampa Bay area's top high school chemistry students will be participating in the national level Chemistry Olympiad competition at the University of Tampa. The students are representing Hernando, Hillsborough, Pinellas, and Sarasota counties.  The U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad (USNCO) program is a multi-tiered competition sponsored by the American Chemical Society (ACS) since 1984.  To learn more about the program, contact Councilor and Education Chair, Prof. Susan Del Valle.

2.) Chemists Celebrate Earth Week 4/22/18-4/28/18

Celebrate CCEW with us!  Earth Day is on Sunday, April 22nd, 2018, and Earth Week is April 22nd-28th, 2018.  As part of every CCEW celebration, ACS sponsors a contest for Kindergarten – 12th grade.  Like the past five years, the 2018 contest is an illustrated poem contest.  


This year's CCEW theme is "Dive into Marine Chemistry ". A flyer is attached to this email that describes the rules of the contest. All illustrated poems will be judged at the local level by a panel of judges at the University of Tampa in order to be considered for the national contest.


All poems must be accompanied with an entry form (attached).  To be considered, student poems must be received by Monday, April 24th, 2018.  Poems can be submitted electronically by email to Dr. Laura Henchey at lhenchey@ut.edu, or by postal mail to Dr. Laura Henchey, Box U, 401 W. Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, FL 33606.

 3.) Awards Dinner - 5/8/18

Save the date for our Tampa Bay ACS Awards Banquet on Tuesday, May 8, from 5:30- 8:30 PM at the University of South Florida.  More information is forthcoming.







Save the Date - 5th Annual Oktoberfest Social
Save the Date - 5th Annual Oktoberfest Social
Save the Date - 5th Annual Oktoberfest Social
Save the Date - 5th Annual Oktoberfest Social

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