There are 188 Local Sections of the American Chemical Society, all located within the United States and its territories. Within each Local Section, the Local Section Younger Chemists Committee (LSYCC) facilitates networking and interactions between younger chemists and those in their fields, and introduces young chemists to active roles within the Society. LSYCCs empower younger chemists, those under the age of 35 or getting started in their careers, to participate in programs that advance chemistry and enhance their professional development.
The national ACS Younger Chemists Committee (YCC) encourages the establishment of an LSYCC for each ACS Local Section across country! We also provide support to LSYCCs as they encourage young chemical professionals to network at the grassroots level and engage in active roles within the ACS.
If you are interested becoming involved in your LSYCC, then the first step is to contact your Local Section officers and express your interest. Great volunteers and new ideas are always welcome in any LSYCC. Though many ACS local sections have established LSYCCs, some have not yet developed their LSYCC. If you don't have an LSYCC, then consider taking the lead to start one in your own section!
Why should you start an LSYCC? For starters, forming an LSYCC helps to bring together members with similar professional needs and enables them to identify and address common issues. LSYCCs provide leadership opportunities for younger chemists who wish to develop skills and provide a vehicle for younger chemists to voice their concerns to the Society and to the larger scientific community. There is a network of LSYCCs, coordinated by the national YCC, that helps these groups to share ideas, successes and solutions to problems.
All of the information that you need to start your own LSYCC can be found in our LSYCC Starter Kit!
Local Section YCC Grants to help LSYCCs sponsor their first big event or launch a new program. Although there are few restrictions on these grants, their uses can be as varied as the sections that request them. Grants are awarded each year, around the time of the ACS national meetings (PREVIOUS WINNERS). If you would like to start or revitalize your LSYCC, or if you have a great idea for an innovative event, please complete your application and submit it to ACS either electronically or in print:
American Chemical Society
c/o The Younger Chemists Committee
1155 16th St., N.W.
Washington DC 20036