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.


ACS Industry Career Day

Join ACS colleagues for a virtual ACS Industry Career Day on Saturday November 21 @11am ET. During this virtual event, an expert panel of young industry-based chemists will explore topics such as transitioning from academia to a career in industry, building non-technical skills and more. Following the panel discussion, stick around to join fellow participants in interactive small group networking sessions facilitated by ACS Career Consultants. Register now at:

Recent Events

2020 Undergraduate Research Conference

The Twelfth Annual IL-IA ACS Undergraduate Research Conference was held virtually over WebEx on Saturday, November 7th. Students presented 10 minute talks on their research. After the research presentations, Dr. Floyd Shumaker delivered the keynote address, "Encouraging Scientific Failure".

Experiences from the FUTURE

The FUTURE (Fostering Undergraduate Talent – Uniting Research Education) in Biomedicine Program hosted by the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine is a distinctive summer program that brings faculty and students from primarily undergraduate institutions to the University of Iowa campus to conduct funded research with Carver faculty. The program is multifaceted by generating inter-institutional faculty research collaboration, exposing undergraduates to a graduate-level research environment, educating faculty and students on graduate and clinical opportunities and resources, and creating a statewide network of scientist-educators. Loras chemistry faculty members Dr. Andrew Kehr (participated summer 2020) and Dr. Adam Moser (participated summer 2014) will detail their research and program experiences. Dr. Madeline Shea, founding Director of the FUTURE in Biomedicine program, will be joining the session.