The Minnesota Local Section (#513) of the American Chemical society serves chemists, chemical engineers, educators, and the general public in Minnesota and Western Wisconsin.

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The Chemistry Job and Recruiting Fair will be held from 4 – 6 P.M. on Wednesday, November 3rd, 2021 at Saint Catherine University in Saint Paul, MN, in the 3rd floor Ballroom of the Coeur de Catherine Building.

Past companies and organizations that have attended the career fair include*:

Aerotek, Aspen Research, Apex Life Sciences, Experis, H.B. Fuller, Kelly Scientific, Medtronic, Medtox Laboratories, Pace Analytical, Land O’Lakes, WuXi AppTec, Minnesota High Tech Forum, Nuclear Propulsion Officer Candidate Program, University of MN Department of Chemistry, University of MN Department of Medicinal Chemistry, University of MN Environmental Health Sciences, University of MN M.S. in Patent Law, Volt Technical Services and 3M.


4-6pm meet with recruiters

5pm beverages and light snacks will be served


This event is an opportunity to meet with technical recruiters from the Twin Cities area and is open to professionals and students from chemistry and related fields. Sophomore and junior chemistry majors are also encouraged to attend to inquire about internships. Please RSVP to James Wollack by October 27th so there will be an accurate head count for food. If traveling in a group include how many people will be coming from your group. Masks will be requiredindoors on campus.


* A list of confirmed companies will be available in late October, check back then!



Click on the "Activities" link for more information.


2021 MN ACS Awards

This year's award winners were Dr. Robert Kinney (2021 Janet Tarino Volunteer Award), Dr. Jane Wissinger (2021 Brasted Award Excellence in College Teaching), Dr. Ken Latham (2021 Lyle Hall Senior Chemist Award). Congratulations to them all! For more details on the recipients, click on the "MN Chemist" link and check out the latest issue.

Shaping the Future of Chemistry

The new Education Chair for MN ACS, Chuck Wheeler Handlon, would like to encourage all members to consider engaging with teachers and students to promote chemistry STEM careers and provide the expertise and knowledge of the applications of chemistry in many science and engineering fields. There is a free tool that can be used to facilitate this engagement called Future Forward (http://www.futureforward.org/). Please contact Chuck for more information.

Chemistry Shorts

Chemistry Shorts is a new series of brief films that spotlight innovative ways that chemists and chemical engineers are working to solve important problems and create new opportunities. Each film is accompanied by a lesson plan that offers suggestions on how to integrate it into the classroom. It is available at https://chemistryshorts.org, or on YouTube and Twitter at https://www.youtube.com/c/chemistryshorts and https://twitter.com/chemistryshorts.


To stay on top of recent developments on the coronavirus pandemic, check out the following websites provided by ACS National:

How ACS is adapting to the coronavirus pandemic  http://cen.acs.org/acs-news/comment/ACS-adapting-coronavirus-pandemic/98/i13

ACS efforts and resources on COVID-19  http://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/covid-19.html

Chemistry in coronavirus research: a free to read collection from the ACS  https://axial.acs.org/2020/02/03/coronavirus-research/