Message from the Chair

Welcome to the Susquehanna Valley Local Section of the American Chemical Society! Located in northeastern Pennsylvania, our section includes such schools as Bloomsburg University, Bucknell University, King's College, Lycoming College, Marywood University, Misericordia University, Penn State Wilkes-Barre, Penn State Hazelton, University of Scranton, Wilkes University, and Susquehanna University. Through our Website, you can access information about our officers, members, and monthly section meetings. Also, there are links to the ACS Website and to the homepage of almost every institution in our section.

ACS Susquehanna Valley Section Award Banquet

The annual award banquet will be Wednesday, May 1 at the Pine Barn Inn in Danville, PA starting at 5:30PM. At the banquet we will recognize many local residents for their dedication to the field of chemistry including:
The Joseph Priestley Service Award
50+ Year ACS member anniversaries
Ron Blatchley High School Chemistry Teacher of the Year Award
National Chemistry Week Awards
David H. Frederick Memorial Awards in High School Chemistry
Chemistry Olympiad Competitors
Outstanding Graduating College Chemistry Majors

The evening will conclude with a presentation by a local chemist. This year’s speaker is Dr. Jeremy Ramsey from Lycoming College. The title of his talk will be Using Analytical Chemistry to Support Rural Coffee Farmers in Dominican Republic.

The cost is $20 for attendance. Dinners of award winners will be compliments of the local section.

MARM 2019

May 30-June 1, 2019

The 47th Mid Atlantic Regional Meeting (MARM) will be held May 30-June 1, 2019. The meeting is hosted by the Maryland Local Section of the American Chemical Society. Check the website for detailed information.

Some Programing Details:

Major Symposia

  • Combating the Opioid Crisis with Chemistry
  • Atmospheric and Environmental Chemistry
  • Nanotechnology
  • Spectroscopy and Homeland Security
  • Photonic Materials
  • Optimization Methods in Chemistry
  • Food Chemistry
  • Outstanding Young Investigators in Organic Chemistry

Undergraduate and Employment Programming

  • Combating the Opioid Crisis with Chemistry
  • Career Pathways and Resume Review
  • Panel Discussions:
    • Recent Chemistry Grads Share Their Experiences
    • Chemistry Jobs - Employers’ Perspectives
  • Challenges for International Chemistry Students and Professionals
  • A Special Undergraduate Luncheon with Chemistry Trivia and Prizes

Special Women Chemist Committee Programming

  • Leadership Workshop: Collaborating Across Boundaries
  • Panel Discussion: Science Policy & Government - A Bridge Between Research and the Public, and a Path for Non-Traditional Chemists


  • a competition for High School Students

Programming for Post-Secondary Educators

  • Technology in the Undergraduate Classroom
  • Humanizing Science: The Key Roles of Mentoring and Building Community

Session for Primary and Middle School Teachers

  • Bringing Forensic Science Back to Your Classroom

The Joseph Priestley House is located in the Susquehanna Valley Local Section in Northumberland. To commemorate Priestley's many scientific achievements, the American Chemical Society named its highest honour the Priestley Medal in 1922*. The visitor center is open from 1 - 4 PM and will feature costumed guides and live chemistry shows. For more information call the house at 570-473-9474 or see the website.

This season's activities include:

CERM 2019

June 4 - 8, 2019

See the website or print out the flyer for more information.

Electronic Monthly Newsletter

The Susquehanna Valley Local Section requests that you consider receiving our monthly newsletter by email. You will receive your newsletter at least a few days prior to the normal arrival rate for the hard-copy version. Also, if you are willing to forego the hardcopy altogether you will save our secretary time and our Local Section will save the expenses of photocopying and postage.

Please send an email to our Local Section secretary, Ron Supkowski (at, to request your monthly newsletter via email. Please also let Ron know if you are willing to stop receiving the hard-copy of the newsletter. Thanks!

Our Academic Partners

Bloomsburg University Bucknell University King's College Lycoming College Marywood University Misericordia University Penn State Hazleton Penn State Wilkes-Barre Susquehanna University University of Scranton Wilkes University


The Susquehanna Valley Section of the American Chemical Society began in 1958 and serves eight counties in PA:

The section provides services for the chemistry professionals, undergraduate chemistry students, and high school students of the area.


If you need more information or would like to submit information, E-mail our Local Section Webmaster at or the National ACS Webmaster.

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