Activities of the Virginia Section

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Activities of the Virginia Section

The Virginia Section is very active in our region. We have educational grants that provide seed money for K – 12 teachers to do science in their classroom, we support regional and state wide meetings such as SERMACS and Virginia Academy of Science; we annually participate in National Chemistry week, Chemist Celebrate Earth Day and the Chemistry Olympiad. If you are interested in any of these activities or want more information, contact the chair of the committee or an executive officer. The contact information is under the “Contact Us” tab.

Excellence in Teaching Awards

The Virginia Section of the American Chemical Society supports K – 12 science education in our region by awarding three Excellence in Teaching awards each year.

  • The Franklin D. Kiser Distinguished High School Chemistry Teacher Award is given to a teacher deserving recognition for excellence in teaching chemistry.
  • The Distinguished Middle School Science Teacher Award is presented to an outstanding middle school teacher who teaches the equivalent of 8th grade physical science with some chemistry.
  • The Distinguished Elementary School Science Teacher Award is given to an elementary teacher who deserves recognition for excellent science instruction.

The teaching awards are traditionally presented at our local meeting in early December.

The Virginia Section continues to accept nominations for these teaching awards. A candidate may be nominated by their principal, science specialist, or other individual who is qualified to describe the teaching effectiveness of the candidate.

The nomination forms are fillable PDF, you can save your completed application and send it to the above contact.