Welcome to the Central Massachusetts ACS website

Check back here for upcoming events!

November 12th Virtual Local Section Meeting

6:00 pm

"Networking during a Global Pandemic: Building better bonds through chemistry"

Thursday, November 12th, 2020

There will be a Zoom meeting with a networking theme, and presentation by Matthew Grandbois.

Go here to register for this Zoom meeting (registration is free) 

Abstract: Networking is a one of the most critical professional activities that a chemist can do throughout their career. The COVID-19 global health pandemic has created an environment that has taken networking away from the coffee pot stations and after-hours establishments and placed it square in your kitchen and onto your couch. Despite what it may seem, our work from home (WFH) culture has created numerous ways to network while simultaneously maintaining social distance. This presentation will discuss some of the fundamentals of networking, ways to utilize your WFH status to your advantage, and how to grow your network of relationships to help you achieve your career goals.

Matt Grandbois is a Lead Market Manager with DuPont Electronics & Imaging located in Marlborough, MA. In this role, he leads the product and project portfolio management process to deliver innovative chemistries and materials for the manufacturing of semiconductors, advanced displays, and integrated circuits. Matt received his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Minnesota and his B.A degrees in Chemistry (ACS Approved) and Music from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD. Matt is currently a Member-At-Large for Central Massachusetts Local Section of the American Chemical Society and holds multiple volunteer leader roles across the American Chemical Society. He is a recognized and invited speaker on the topic of professional development for chemists and has given numerous ACS webinars on topics ranging from communications to networking.

CMSACS Elections


The following individuals have been nominated for the open positions of the section's Executive Committee:

Chair-elect - Matthew Grandbois
Secretary - Jia Wei
Treasurer - Mark Turnbull
Member-at-large - Weichu Xu and Muyun Xu 

We thank the members of the Nominating Committee, Meghna Dilip, Dennis Awasabisah, and Mathangi Krishnamurthy for their work.


In the near future we will be communicating details of how the election will be conducted this year.

ACS Division of Analytical Chemistry seeking undergraduate applicants for the I.M. Kolthoff Enrichment Award

application deadline

January 11, 2021

The award, in the amount of up to $750, is normally used to cover travel, however, the award can be used to cover registration fees in case the conference is held virtually. 

The I.M. Kolthoff Award is given annually to deserving undergraduates who have done undergraduate research in the field of analytical chemistry, broadly defined, in celebration of the life and accomplishments of the late Professor Izaak Maurits Kolthoff, viewed by many as the father of modern analytical chemistry.

The deadline for submission of completed applications for the I.M. Kolthoff Award for consideration is the second Monday in January of each year. Please direct all questions to Michelle Kovarik.


The application deadline is January 11, 2021. 


Please follow this link for details and application.

October 13th Local Section Meeting

6:00PM: business

6:30PM: talk by Dr. Katherine Lee

Save the date!

Tuesday, October 13th, 2020

The section will hold another meeting to discuss section business, followed by a presentation by Dr. Katherine Lee, with title "Hindsight is 20/2020: A career in medicinal chemistry". This will be a talk of interest to students and will include some thoughts on alternate careers for chemists and some ACS career resources at the end. In addition to an illustrious career in the pharmaceutical industry (https://www.pfizer.com/people/medical-experts/science/katherine_lee), Dr. Lee has been the chair of the NESACS, the 2018 Chair of the ACS Division of Organic Chemistry, and is currently a member of the ACS Board of Directors as the District I Director.

Section business will especially include the section's new bylaws. Please try to attend as a quorum is required. The proposed bylaws have been approved by the executive committee and vetted by national's Committee on Constitution and Bylaws (C&B).  

They should be reviewed by the section members. 

Review them here.

To register for the October 13th CMSACS Zoom meeting please click here.

After registering (registration is free) you will receive an email with information about joining via Zoom.

Northeast Region Virtual Social Hour


5:00 pm

Fridays, recurring

Virtual Social Hour (hosted by New Haven and Connecticut Valley sections)

Time: 5:00 PM

Location: wherever you happen to be

Get to know your fellow ACS Northeast Region chemists!



To get Zoom connection info, register here: https://www.acsnewhaven.org/weeklysocial

Proposed bylaws for section review


The proposed bylaws have been approved by the executive committee and vetted by national's Committee on Constitution and Bylaws (C&B).  

They should be reviewed by the section members. 

Review them here.

© 2023 by the Central Massachusetts Section of the American Chemical Society. Proudly created with Wix.com