ACS 2024 U.S. Chemistry Olympiad

We are pleased to announce that the San Gorgonio Local Section of the American Chemical Society will be participating in the 2024 U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad (USNCO). The primary goals of this program are to stimulate interest and achievement among high school chemistry students and to provide recognition of outstanding students, teachers, and schools in our Section. Students in AP or IB chemistry are encouraged to participate.  

We have the privilege of nominating ten students to represent the San Gorgonio Local Section in the National Chemistry Olympiad exam.  The Local Section exam will be used to identify these students.  The results of this exam will also be used to select students who will receive San Gorgonio Section scholarships of up to $1,200 that can be used for college expenses. 

The twenty students nationwide with the highest scores on the National exam will be invited to attend a two-week study camp in June.  At the end of camp, four students will be selected based on a combination of objective and subjective evaluations as the United States team to participate at the International Chemistry Olympiad. 

Students from our Section who are nominated to participate in the U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad and as San Gorgonio Section scholarship winners will be honored in May, along with their teachers.  The student from each participating school who attains the highest score on the Local Section exam together with his or her teacher will also be honored. 

Click on this link for student registration, which must be completed by December 15, 2023. For information about the San Gorgonio local exam, email Eileen DiMauro ( or Dennis Pederson ( 

ACS WCC/Merck Rearch Award

The ACS Women Chemists Committee is pleased to announce that the online application process for the Merck Research Award is now open. Awardees will be given an opportunity to present their research at a WCC/Merck Research Award symposium during the ACS Fall 2024 Meeting. The award symposium serves to highlight the accomplishments of the award winners by providing a venue to inform researchers and other professionals of current work being done across the chemistry enterprise.


Individuals* in their third and fourth year of graduate school with a research focus in one or more of the following - Organic, Medicinal, Analytical, Chemical Biology, Computational or Structural Chemistry, and related disciplines are eligible to apply. The deadline for submitting an application is December 1, 2023, no later than 11:00 p.m. ET.

ACS Travel Grants

ACS has several travel grants available for individuals attending conferences/meetings. For more infromation or to apply for a grant, click on the following links below:

YCC/Ciba Young Scientist Travel Award - Deadline November 15, 2023 

Ciba Travel Awards in Green Chemistry  - Deadline November 17, 2023 

Nina McClelland Memorial Award - Deadline November 17, 2023 

Women Chemists Committee/Eli Lilly Travel Award - Deadline June 1, 2024 

Volunteer of the Year 2023

Please join us in congratulating the ACS San Gorgonio Section 2023 Outreach Volunteer of the Year, Dr. Michael Nalbandian! 

As chair of the San Gorgonio Section's Environmental Improvement Committee, Dr. Michael J. Nalbandian planned the Chemists Celebrate Earth Week community outreach event for the Local Section. Through the efforts of Dr. Nalbandian and that committee, over 190 people enjoyed various bug-themed demos and activities and guided tours of a local botanical garden. In addition to this successful event, Dr. Nalbandian is a consistent outreach volunteer for the section, and he is also a primary contributor to NCW and Olympiad outreach events. He has been a section volunteer since 2019. We appreciate the outreach work he has done for the section over the years! 

Volunteer of the Year 2022

Please join us in congratulating the ACS San Gorgonio Section 2022 Outreach Volunteer of the Year, Dr. Ana Bahamonde! 

Dr. Ana Bahamonde is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at UCR. She attended our College & University Professor Mixer in the fall of 2021 and immediately got involved with Section activities. She was instrumental in recruiting over 20 UCR grad students to host several demo tables during our 2021 National Chemistry Week Celebration. Her efforts helped to make the outreach event a massive success, where we were able to show 250 K-8 students, teachers, and parents how fun chemistry can be. Dr. Bahamonde is on the executive board as Alternate Councilor and is the chair of the Women Chemists' Committee for the Section. Thank you, Dr. Bahamonde! We appreciate all you have done for the Section in such a short time, and we look forward to working with you for many years to come! 


News on upcoming events is also published on SCALACS, a joint monthly newsletter co-published by the Southern California and San Gorgonio sections. Click here to see the latest issues of SCALACS.