ACS Local Section


The Philadelphia Section of the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE) to offer undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to apply for a scholarship for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Applications are open to any sophomores or above pursuing a Bachelors or Graduate degree in the Physical Sciences, Engineering, Tribology, Mathematics or similar studies with a GPA of 3.0 or above. The Section awarded eleven scholarships totaling $14,000 to local students in 2018 for the 2018-2109 Academic Year and has given $46,000 to 29 deserving students over the past four years. Profiles of recent scholarship awardees can be found at The application deadline is May 31 and the awards will be made shortly thereafter.

For information, please contact -
Bill Tuszynski
Philadelphia STLE Scholarship Committee
email -

Philadelphia Area Girls Enjoying Science™ (PAGES™) mini-conferences for sixth-grade girls are offered each fall and spring at Chestnut Hill College.

Announcing a Younger Chemists Committee (YCC) Council

The Philadelphia Local Section Younger Chemists Committee (YCC) is starting a council for the 2013-2014 academic year. We are looking for 12 younger chemists (under the age of 35) to participate as members of the council. Each member would be responsible for spreading information about YCC events to colleagues, coworkers, and friends.

In addition council members would pair up to host one event a year for the YCC community at large. There would be events in October, November, January, February, March, and April. Events include the annual poster session, the webinar in a box program in October and February, and social events. Other ideas for events are welcome! The council members organizing the event would be responsible for organizing a room/location to hold the event, making a poster that the other council members can distribute, writing a blurb for the Catalyst (the Philly Local Section newsletter), and arranging for the particular requirements of the event. For example, the poster session requires easels for the posters, food, judges, and a way to distribute the prizes in addition to the other aspects of organizing an event.

Besides organizing one event a year, each council member would be encouraged to attend the other events organized by fellow council members and monthly council meetings. Those unable to attend the monthly council meetings in person can call in by teleconference. This is designed to be a two year position. Members for the 2013-2014 academic year will serve as mentors for the council members during the 2014-2015 academic year.

The Philly YCC is also looking for someone to manage the YCC listserve and to be our webmaster. These people can either be on the YCC council or can participate in addition to the council members.

If you are interested in joining the YCC council for the 2013-2014 academic year, please send Christie an email at The YCC council will have its first meeting in June.

Chemists Celebrate Earth Day Illustrated Poem Contest 2015

Great News!  The Philadelphia Section has a national winner in the grades 9 – 12 category.  She is Emma Jiang, a 10th grader at Conestoga High School, Berwyn, PA.  Her teacher is Jean Mihelcic.  Congratulations to both!  Her poem is below:

remembering a time
when the air was full of life
and the trees danced a waltz
casting shadows that stretched the streets

now is the time
to conserve, recycle, preserve
rescue, revise, re-establish
the foundations for our home

Local Winners of the 2013 National Chemistry Week Poetry Contest

Congratulations to our local winners of the 2013 National Chemistry Week Poetry Contest!!

6th – 8th Grade Category – Rachel Huang – 6th grader from Bridge Valley Elementary School in Furlong, PA.  Her teacher is Ms. Coombs.

9th – 12th Grade Category – Keeley Bashwinger – 11th grader from Bristol High School in Bristol, PA.  Her teacher is Dr. Bill Smith.

This year we did not have any entries in the K-2nd grade and 3rd-5th grade categories this year.

Both students received $100 gift cards and certificates of participation for their winning artistic efforts from the Philadelphia Local Section and their work is going to be shared on the Section webpage as well as in the Catalyst.

Thank you to all the students and teachers who submitted entries to our local contest – please continue to share your talents with us in the 2014 contests!!  

The link to view the winners of the 2013 National NCW Contest is:


2013 Local CCED Illustrated Poetry Contest Winners

3rd-5th:  Rachel Huang, 5th grader at Bridge Valley Elementary School in Furlong, PA.  Teacher is Miss Teeter
6th-8th : Taniyah King-Pulliam, 8th grader at LEAP Academy University Charter School in Camden, NJ.  Teacher is Ms. Ashley Holmes
9th -12th:  Emily Levine, 10th grader at Conestoga High School in Berwyn, PA.  Teach is Dr. Jean Mihelcic.
Students are receiving $50 gift cards & teachers are receiving  “Periodic Table of the Elephants” posters. 

Congratulations go to our local NCW illustrated poetry contest winner in the Grade 9-12 Category: Anh Thu Le!  Ms. Le is a 10th grade student at Merion Mercy Academy in Merion Station, PA.  Her teacher, Mrs. Aimee Quinn has encouraged her students to participate for several years.

The Section presented Ms. Le with a $100 VISA gift card and Mrs. Quinn received a "Periodic Table of the Elephants" poster for her classroom.
The theme of this year's National Chemistry Week was: "Nanotechnology - the Smallest BIG idea in Science!". This year's NCW was extra special since it was the 25th anniversary of the national observance!
View Ms. Le's illustrated poem and a close up of the poem text.



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