IL-IA Local Section of the American Chemical Society


The IL-IA ACS Local Section is a professional organization of chemists in Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois. We are the local branch of the national ACS, which is the world's largest scientific society and one of the world's leading sources of authoritative scientific information.


Putnam Museum Open House and Mole Day Celebration

The IL-IA ACS Local Section has partnered with the Putnam Museum and Science Center to support the development of a STEM wing in the museum and associated educational activities. The partnership will be kicked off with a Mole Day Party on October 23rd. ACS members will enjoy free access to the Putnam that day and there will be a reception with the museum staff from 2 - 3 pm.

Date: October 23rd

Location: Putnam Museum and Science Center

Time: Free admission from 10 am to 5 pm, just tell the ticket counter you are an ACS member. Reception from 2 - 3 pm.

2021 Undergraduate Research Conference

The Undergraduate Research Conference is an annual event that gives students the opportunity to present their research to the local section. The 2021 Conference will be virtual using WebEx. Students will give 10 minute presentations followed by 5 minutes for Q&A. All are welcome to participate in or attend the conference, regardless of ACS membership. Additional details and an updated Program will be posted closer to the conference date.

Time: Tentatively starting at 9 am on Saturday, November 19th

Location: Virtually on WebEx

Registration: contact Dr. Kelly Giddens (

Deadlines: Abstract submissions are due by November 3rd and participation will be confirmed by November 5th. General registration is open until November 10th.

The IL-IA ACS Local Section provided $5,000 to support the incorporation of chemistry and materials science into the Flying High, Academy of Wizardry, She's the First, and Science of Superheroes summer camps at the Putnam Museum and Science Center. The Local Section was recognized at the camp and in social media postings by the Putnam Museum.

IL-IA ACS Sponsorship of Quad Cities Botanical Center

The IL-IA ACS Local Section provided $2,500 to support scholarships for local schools to get involved in the QCBC Plant & Soil Science program and to support the introduction of a new program at the QCBC, "Mission to Mars." Pictured to the left is our Treasurer, Rich Craddick, installing the ACS plaque at the Botanical Center.

OMg!: Elements of Surprise at the Putnam Museum

The Putnam Museum & Science Center in Davenport has a new exhibit showcasing the periodic table! The section is providing a pass so that members can visit the Museum. Please contact Jennifer Schmidt-McCormack for details.

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