Local Sections and LSYCCs facilitate networking with others in the community and introduce young chemists to active roles within the ACS.
Over the past several years, the ACS Younger Chemists Committee (YCC) has encouraged the establishment of Local Section Younger Chemists Committees (LSYCCs) and/or Local Section Younger Chemist Liaisons across the country to encourage young chemical professionals to network at the grassroots level and engage in active roles within the ACS.
What should you do? That depends on the younger chemists in your area. The heart of every LSYCC is its programming, which can include everything from social get-togethers to technical programs and we have resources to help you get started!
Don't have a local section YCC? Start your Local Section Younger Chemists Committee!
If you are interested in starting a LSYCC, contact your local section officers and express your interest!
The YCC encourages LSYCCs to turn to the local section for mentoring and advice as well. Moreover, the YCC recommends that at least one LSYCC member act as a Local Section Younger Chemist Liaison and attend local section board meetings regularly to share progress on LSYCC activities and give a voice to younger chemists on the local section level.
More information about starting a Local Section Younger Chemists Committee can be found in our starter kit (PDF).
Funding to help start your local section
YCC starter grants to help LSYCCs sponsor their first big event or launch a new program. Although there are few restrictions on the grants, their uses can be as varied as the sections that request them. Return your completed grant application to:
Organizing Panel Discussions
With some experience, we have a few ideas to help organize a panel: (1) Start planning early, the first people you invite may not be available for the event. (2) Make a list of different people from each branch of chemistry. This way, if the first industrial chemist you invite cannot attend, you have a list of other industrial chemists as backup. (3) Contact the panel members a week or two before the event to confirm. Make sure they are ready to attend the event, and that they know what time the event is. (4) Make sure at the event there is a moderator with questions ready. If the audience doesn’t ask questions, someone needs to.
Still need more ideas? Check out the list below. Also contact your LSYCC mentor, a member of your ACS local section (you could sponsor an LS meeting!), a member of another LSYCC, or post a message on our discussion board. Another great place to meet other younger chemists is our on-line Facebook community.
Here are some ideas for programs that LSYCCs have used successfully:
The YCC has programs made up for you. Use them as a framework for your next event or use them as they are, it is up to you. The programs are available as PDF or Power Point files. If you have a program that you would like to share, please send it to us along with some explanations to help others duplicate your successes.