In 2015, the Virginia Section of The American Chemical Society celebrated its centennial anniversary. The Section received its charter on April 9, 1915. The Virginia Charter was signed by President Charles H. Herty and Secretary Charles L. Parsons. At present, the Virginia Section represents over 1400 chemists from industry, academia and government. The service region is diverse from the northwestern corner of the state to the eastern North Carolina border with most of the meetings occurring in or around the Richmond metropolitan area. We strive, however, to reach all chemists within our region and welcome suggestions for how to better serve our members. The Virginia Section History from 1907 to 1990 is available as an Adobe file. The History of the section from 1990 has been published randomly in the Section News of the The Bulletin over the last few years. A collection of these articles and other items of interested are on our History page. We are compiling yearly histories into a document that will be published on this site at a later date.

The list of colleges and universities within the Virginia section provides contact information for the Chemistry department chairs.


The Bylaws for the Virginia Section were updated in 2016. The Executive Officers and Committee Chairs meet twice a year. For information about the next executive meeting click on the “Meeting” menu item.

Job Manual

The job manual lists many of the duties required of the officers and committee chairs. The Executive Cabinet, Committee Chairs, and Members-at-Large contact information is available under the “Contact Us” menu item.

The Virginia Section supports the teachers and students in our region with Educational Grants for equipment or supplies to help teach science and chemistry in the classroom. For more information, contact the Chair of the Chemical Education Committee.

The section also awards several Outstanding Teaching awards each year at our September meeting. The solicitation and forms are due generally toward the end of the school year.

The Section Logo

Students at Longwood University designed the Virginia Section logo in 2015 for our 100th Anniversary. The Style Guide for the logo contains the proper size and colors for the logo and should be used when the logo is published.

The Word document that contains our letterhead.

About the American Chemical Society

The American Chemical Society (ACS) is the world’s largest scientific society and one of the world’s leading sources of authoritative scientific information. A nonprofit organization, chartered by Congress, ACS is at the forefront of the evolving worldwide chemical enterprise and the premier professional home for chemists, chemical engineers and related professions around the globe.