Trenton ACS Local Section

2018 Events & Opportunities

Trenton Local Section Awards Dinner 2018

We invite you to help us honor the amazing chemistry talent in the Trenton Local Section: the Chemistry Olympiad students, high school scholarship award winners, college award winners, outstanding high school teachers, and 50+ year members of the ACS. Please join us for dinner and the awards ceremony. After dinner, we welcome guests to tour the chemistry facilities of TCNJ.

Place:  The College of New Jersey, in the 1855 Room (inside of Eickhoff Hall), 2000 Pennington Road, Ewing, NJ

Parking:  Parking Lot 12 (a.k.a. Packer Lot)

Date:  May 1, 2018

Time:  6:00 pm for buffet dinner; approximately 6:30 pm the ceremony begins

Cost:  $25/person (bring cash or check to the dinner)

RSVP:  April 24, 2018 by 12:00 pm,

Menu for Tuscan Garden Buffet

Herb Grilled Chicken

Penne Vodka (no meat)

Caesar Salad

Rolls and Butter

Antipasto platter

Mini Italian pastries

Iced Tea, Coffee, Tea, Water, Lemonade

If you or your guest(s) need a separate children’s meal (reduced rate) or have special dietary needs (vegan, Kosher, non dairy, gluten free, etc.), please indicate your needs in your RSVP.


Meet the Trenton Local Section ACS Executive Board Networking Session

Seasons 52, bar area

Thursday, February 22, 2018, 5-7 pm

We want your ideas!  Come chat with us in this informal session!  Dutch Treat, Happy Hour Pricing


Opioids:  Fighting Addiction with Chemistry

The TCNJ Student Chemists Association hosts the next ACS Program-in-a-Box

Join us for a live interactive webcast hosted by the ACS on this timely subject, prizes to be given out

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 7:00 pm. 

TCNJ Campus, Science Complex, Physics-128.  Parking can be found in the commuter lots 5 and 6 after 5 pm.

Questions?  email Benny Chan at


Chemistry Safety Video Contest

Trenton ACS members, be on the lookout for an upcoming event which will give you a chance to express your creativity, network with your peers, share and enhance your knowledge of Chemical Safety, and win great prizes!

In 2018, the Trenton local section is planning to hold a Chemical Safety Video Contest. There will be a call for submissions, the opportunity to interact with top chemical safety experts from the ACS, and chances to win awards! Outstanding videos will be recognized at an awards ceremony in multiple categories including "best picture".

Look out for more information on this event later this Spring!


Food Chemistry Careers Event

Are you getting your degree in chemistry and want to know more about your career options? Are you interested in food chemistry and the possibility of exploring a career in the food industry?

If you answered yes to either of these questions, then an event planned for the Fall of 2018 is right up your alley! The Trenton ACS is planning a Food Chemistry Careers Event, in which experts from the food industry will speak about their careers, what they do day-to-day, and how they got to their current positions, sharing tips for success they learned along the way. Event attendees will have the opportunity to network with area food scientists, interact with the food chemistry career panel, and of course enjoy tasty treats throughout the event!

Look out for more information on this event as the year progresses! 



Outreach Volunteer of the Year

The Trenton local section congratulates Helen Tanzini as local outreach volunteer of the year! For more information see:


Successful Outcomes from Project SEED 2017

Jamie Ludwig, Alternate Councilor 

In the summer of 2017, Rider University hosted three high school students through the American Chemical Society’s Project SEED. These students were supported jointly by the national ACS and our local section, Trenton ACS. Ameka Yawson is a current senior at Trenton High School. She spent her summer working with Dr. Jamie Ludwig on developing a series of videos and posters that help Organic Chemistry Lab students to prepare for and complete their experiments. Those tools were implemented in the fall semester and Ameka has surveyed the students to understand if her tools were successful for helping the undergraduates gain confidence in the lab. Geordelle Maxwell is also a senior at Trenton High School and she spent her summer working with Dr. Daniel Druckenbrod. Geordelle’s project focused on understanding the cause of gum spots on black cherry trees from a forest in Fernow, West Virginia. Geordelle used tree rings to date the cherry trees and analyzed the historical climate of the region to see if she could make correlations to climate and disease. Geordelle’s project was part of a larger analysis of the Fernow Forest, which is supported by the National Science Foundation. Finally, Gbaweah Sandy is also a senior at Trenton High School and he worked with Dr. Danielle Jacobs last summer. Gbaweah worked on improving a synthesis of pyridine sulfonamides. These important molecules show potential as pharmaceutical compounds, and the Jacobs’ lab has been working to develop an efficient coupling reaction. Gbaweah’s work on this synthesis involved synthesizing a pyridine N-oxide for use in this coupling reaction to improve the yield and flexibility of this synthesis.

Ameka Yawson and Geordelle Maxwell have decided to carry their projects forward and prepare them for the Mercer County Science Fair. They will prepare their presentations and compete for scholarships this March. 


Trenton ACS Election Results

Your votes have been counted and your 2018 elected officials for the Trenton ACS board have been determined. See the Elections page for results and the Officers page for the 2018 board of the Trenton ACS.


 Trenton ACS Councilors to Attend National ACS Meeting in New Orleans

Your Councilors will represent the Trenton local section at the District III Caucus, Council meeting, and Committee events. Please feel free to reach out to your Councilors prior to the meeting.