The Northern West Virginia section was chartered in 1922 and is the oldest of the three ACS local sections in West Virginia. Our section's territory includes Barbour, Gilmer, Harrison, Lewis, Marion, Monongalia, Preston, Randolph, Taylor, Tucker and Upshur counties - covering almost 4800 square miles. Six universities/colleges are situated in our territory. These educational institutions, along with two US government institutions and a half-dozen corporations employ the majority of our membership. We currently have 219 local members. Our membership is 78% male, 22% female. Nine percent of our members are in their twenties and roughtly the same percentage of our members are over 75 years in age.
Our local section has had many dedicated volunteers over the years who have participated in outreach activities to our schools and community, met together for professional meetings, social networking, and the exchange of ideas, an made themselves available to answer chemistry questions for the community at large.
Each year the Northern West Virginia Section of the American Chemical Society awards a junior chemistry major from each participating college or university. This has been an ongoing effort since 1967. Students are chosen by a committee from each participating institution and is based on grades, lab successes, and personal accomplishment.
The NWV Section also offers students grants that encourage professional development activities, including grant writing. Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, and Chemistry Education majors get priority funding. Grants range from $50.00 to $200.00, with larger amounts considered. These grants are issued by the student grants committee.
Each year a Spring Banquet is held to honor recipients of the grants and awards.