General Information for Symposia Proposals
The Executive Committee of the Division seeks symposia proposals for ACS National Meetings that span the interests, and fully reflect the diversity of the membership in the Division of Organic Chemistry. Therefore, wherever possible selection of speakers should be balanced with respect to gender, groups historically underrepresented in the profession, research area, employment sector, and career stage.
The Symposium Programming Committee (SPC) will evaluate symposia proposals based on their ability to attract and engage a large audience, timeliness, and appropriateness for the Division of Organic Chemistry.
A list of recently supported symposia can be found here (PDF).
Funding Levels for Symposia
Type of SymposiumPotential Divisional SupportAward Symposium:$4000 maximumDOC – initiated topic:$4000 maximum*Organizer – initiated topic:$4000 maximum** – For each half-day session
- Proposals are due ONE YEAR prior to the meeting where the session is requested on the following dates: February 15 and July 15. For example, for a symposium in Fall 2021, the due date is July 15, 2020. For a symposium in Spring 2021, the due date is February 15, 2020.
- Proposals must fully reflect the diversity of the membership in the Division of Organic Chemistry. Therefore, wherever possible selection of speakers should be balanced with respect to gender, groups historically underrepresented in the profession, research area, employment sector, and career stage.
- Proposals will usually be considered for a half-day session only.
- If the organizer is requesting a full day session, a separate ONE-paragraph justification should be included (not part of the ONE page limit) for why this topic requires more time and should be given consideration as a full day symposium.
- The DOC does not accept symposia with names of living persons in the title. Members interested in submitting an honorary symposium proposal are directed to focus the title and presentations on the chemistry rather than an individual.
- Proposals should be a maximum of ONE page (12 point font, 0.5 inch margins).
- The proposal must utilize ( the Template (MS-Word)) with the following information provided:
- A symposium title.
- A paragraph stating the idea behind the proposal, why it is timely, how this symposium will differ from those recently given at ACS, and why the Division of Organic Chemistry is the most appropriate forum for this symposium.
- The proposed meeting (Spring or Fall ACS) for the symposium to occur. Please note that due to the large number of Award Symposia held during the spring meeting, limited slots are available. A larger number of slots are available during the fall meeting. Also indicate your willingness to organize this symposium at a different (later) time than originally proposed.
- Select if you are interested in organizing an ACS Symposium eBook as part of this symposium
- A list of potential speakers, preferably with tentative titles (4-6 speakers is a typical number submitted).
- The names of several alternative speakers for the session should be included.
- The speaker’s status should be listed as outlined in the template.
- Describe how your speaker selection fulfills the diversity criteria.
- E-mail national meeting symposia proposals to Steven Silverman
Details on how to reimburse symposium speakers can be found on the reimbursements guidelines page.
Fundraising for Symposia
If an organizer is successful in raising outside money, checks from the donor should be made out to Division of Organic Chemistry – ACS and sent to:
Division of Organic Chemistry (DOC),
248 Salem End Road,
Framingham, MA 01702
Note that the Division’s tax ID is #52-6056409. It is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.
Please e-mail Ashis Saha (firstname.lastname@example.org) if a donor wishes wish to transfer funds electronically, or you need to discuss the financial arrangements or are seeking PRF funding. If you have foreign speakers, you may want to apply for a ACS-PRF Type SE grant for the symposium.