Message from the Chairman to the Members of the South Carolina Section

Posted on December 12, 2013 at 1:40 PM

In 1914 the American Chemical Society granted a charter to the South Carolina Section that encompassed the entire state of South Carolina. With the advent of World War I (1914 – 1917), the Section became inactive in 1915 and remained so until 1927. Initially, one of the principal missions of the Section was to promote chemical research within the state of South Carolina and to communicate the results of the research. Meetings, at which one or two papers were presented, were held sporadically at different locations when there was something “new” to report. Eventually, the lack of efficient transportation and the great distances between cities militated against very regular meetings. As a consequence, the American Chemical Society agreed to divide South Carolina into four distinct Sections: Carolina Piedmont (Charlotte), Savannah River (Aiken), South Carolina (Columbia) and Western Carolinas (Asheville).

From that time forward your South Carolina Section has established a distinguished past and present. In addition to providing an important venue for the exchange of research findings among academia and industry, your Section has a long and outstanding record of chemistry-related programs that include K-12 students, teachers, undergraduate students, graduate students and academic and industrial scientists.

For example, your South Carolina Section:

Created the first chemistry and art poster contest in which K-12 students competed for monetary prizes.

Has provided awards for best chemistry projects in regional science fairs and the SC Junior Academy of Science.

Offers Professional Development Grants to chemistry teachers who desire to improve their knowledge and pedagogy of chemistry.

Rewards senior undergraduate chemistry majors who have excelled in their respective college and university environments.

Seeks out, identifies and provides a monetary award for superior high school chemistry teachers.

Subsidizes the dinner of graduate and undergraduate students and provides free meals for chemistry teachers who attend Section meetings.

Annually recognizes an outstanding South Carolina Chemist.

Has an award for Distinguished Service to the Section.

Conducts a qualifying test and then administers a national test to identify high school students to compete for a spot on the United States National Chemistry Olympic Team.

Funds a summer research program (SEED) for economically disadvantaged students.

Has provided support for programs involving the chemical education of underrepresented groups such as minorities and women.

Has won national acclaim and awards for excellence in sponsoring many of these programs.

As a member of the South Carolina Section, you have much to be proud of. The officers and Executive Committee of your Section are committed to continuing the excellent record of achievement that has been established. We invite you to become a part of our continuing effort to help raise awareness of chemistry and to ensure that chemistry will always be considered the “central science.” We welcome any suggestions or concerns that you may have that could be beneficial to our members. To get involved in one or more of our programs or just to ask how you can help, you may contact any one of the members of the Executive Committee listed in the Section Newsletters and on the Section’s website (

We are looking forward to having a good and productive 2013 and with your support, we shall!

Daniel J. Antion, Ph.D.

Chairman 2013



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