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.

Due to the COVID-19 precautionary measures taken by local academic institutions and the encouraged practice of “social distancing” to be followed during the current outbreak, all Susquehanna Valley Section activities scheduled for the 2020-2021 academic year have been cancelled. These include monthly meetings, the high school chemistry exam, the Chemistry Olympiad, and the awards banquet.

Local Section Officer Elections for 2021

THE SVS IS USING A NEW ONLINE BALLOT THIS YEAR. You will receive your ballot from Please make sure your email account does not place this email into your junk folder. All active Susquehanna Valley Section ACS members should receive a ballot on Tuesday, January 26 to elect calendar year 2021 Susquehanna Valley Section officers. All ballots received by Friday February 8th at 5:00 PM will be counted. If you did not recieve a ballot please contact the section secretary, Ron Supkowski, at or call 570.208.5900x5733.

The local regions of the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Sciences (PJAS) will be holding their annual high-school science competitions virtually this year. PJAS is always looking for local science professionals to volunteer to judge the STEM projects of the area’s 7th through 12th grade students. Region 5’s competition (the western half of the SVS section) and Region 2’s competition (the eastern half of the SVS section) will both be on Saturday, March 6. For more information visit the Region 5 or Region 2 website.

Pennsylvania Academy of Science

The 2021 annual Pennsylvania Accademy of Science meeting will be held virtually on April 10-11. There will be oral and poster sessions broadly encompassing all fields of science, as well as student presentation awards, graduate school and career panels. See their website to register and for additional details.

MARM 2021

June 9-12, 2021

Virtually from the University of Delaware

The 49th Mid Atlantic Regional Meeting (MARM) will be held June 9-12, 2021. The meeting is hosted by the Deleware Local Section of the American Chemical Society. Check the website for detailed information.

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.

NERM 2021

October 8 - 11, 2019

The 2021 ACS Northeast Regional Meeting (NERM 2021) organized by the Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society will be at Northeastern University in Boston, MA This event is planned to be an in-person conference (public health conditions permitting). The theme of NERM2021 is Chemistry at the Hub. The deadline for symposia proposal submission is April 7, 2021. See the website 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.


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