Special Award Spotlight: The American Chemical Society

In January, OCSEF announced 22 special awards to be given at the 66th Annual Orange County Science & Engineering Fair by donors and organizations that promote and advocate STEM excellence. The American Chemical Society (ACS) Award was given to four students in 2020, and we are very grateful for the return of the ACS to the fair this year as well.

The American Chemical Society (ACS) is the world’s largest scientific society with 155,000 members representing a range of disciplines of chemists, chemical engineers, and technicians. The organization promotes the public’s perception and understanding of chemistry through public outreach programs providing career development assistance for science professionals. The Orange County Section has over 1,300 members. The Education Committee provides testing and awards programs for high school and college chemistry students. As a non-profit scientific organization with more than 140 years’ experience, we are a champion for chemistry, its practitioners and our global community of members.

Founded in 1876 and chartered by the U.S. Congress, ACS is one of the world’s largest scientific organizations in more than 130+ countries. Their mission is to advance the broader chemistry enterprise and its practitioners for the benefit of Earth and its people. Their vision is to improve people’s lives through the transforming power of chemistry.

The organization is recognized as a leading publisher of authoritative scientific information. With over 65+ peer-reviewed journals, they are ranked the “most-trusted”, most-cited and most-read. They allow members to advance chemistry, elevate their career potential, expand their networks, inspire future generations, collaborate globally and build communities that give scientific solutions. They offer broader networks that facilitate connections and open doors in a way no other professional organization can match!

ACS promotes public policies that advance the chemistry enterprise and its practitioners. In the U.S., the organization works in Innovation through Research & Technology, Science Education & Workforce, Sustainability & the Environment and Science in Public Policy.