Erie Local Section

Local Section Meetings

Our section meets regularly and hosts guest speakers representing a variety of careers and specialties.  We also host an annual summer networking picnic.  Check our homepage for a current schedule of upcoming meetings.

Annual Awards Banquet

Each year, the Erie Local Section honors outstanding local high school students and their teachers, top college freshmen, and local section members at our annual Awards Dinner. The evening includes dinner and an awards ceremony followed by a guest speaker or friendly chemistry trivia contest. Chemistry Olympiad participants and their teachers are also recognized. Congratulations to all of this year's winners!

Check out the Photo Gallery for snapshots from recent events!

Chemistry Olympiad

The Erie Local Section will be participating in this year's U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad (USNCO).  The primary goals of this program are to stimulate interest and achievement in chemistry among high school students throughout the United States and to provide recognition of outstanding young chemistry students, teachers, and schools. 

Students competing in the USNCO are eligible to be selected as members of the United States team for the International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO).  For the past twenty seven years, the United States has sent a team of four students to compete with nations around the world at the IChO.  The students participate in both theoretical and laboratory examinations over several days.  Gold, silver, and bronze medals are awarded to the best performers, and the IChO provides students the opportunity to interact with their peers from other countries.

The identification of the four-member U.S. team begins at the local school system level.  It is the responsibility of the Erie Local Section to nominate students from this area to take the USNCO national examination.  In order to identify these students, we have decided to conduct a preliminary screening of students through the administering of Preliminary Chemistry Olympiad Exam.  This consists of a 90 minute, 60 question multiple choice exam.  All students who participate will be recognized and presented with a certificate; some students receive recognition for outstanding performance.  We hope this recognition will serve to stimulate interest in chemistry and to promote a positive attitude toward chemistry.

Contact:  Please contact Dr. Christine Saber ( for more information about the Erie Local Section Chemistry Olympiad. 

National Chemistry Week (NCW)

National Chemistry Week takes place each year in October.
Chemists celebrate Mole Day on October 23. Each year, the Erie Local Section hosts a demonstration show at the Millcreek Mall to engage young scientists in our community!


Contact:  Please contact Dr. Matthew Heerbooth (heerbooth001[at] or Dr. Jason Bennett (jab95[at] for more information about this Erie Local Section Outreach Program, including how to participate or volunteer. 

Chemists Celebrate Earth Day (CCED)

In celebration of the International Year of Chemistry and Chemists Celebrate Earth Day, the Erie Local Section sponsors an illustrated poem contest for students in grades K-12.  Each 1st place winner receives a $50 gift card and each 2nd place winner received a $25 gift card from the Erie Local Section.  Congratulations to all of our winners and their teachers for a job well done!


Contact:  Please contact Dr. Betty Jo Chitester (chiteste001[at] for more information about this Erie Local Section Outreach Program, including how to participate or volunteer.

Northwest PA Collegiate Academy Chemistry Day

The Northwest Pennsylvania Collegiate Academy is sponsored by the ACS to hold its annual Chemistry Day competition for Erie middle schools each May. Middle schools from Erie take to the labs to participate in hands-on chemistry demonstrations and exciting lab competitions.  Check out the Photo Gallery for more pictures from past events. A great job was done by Shawn Feiock, who organized the event, and by all of our participants!

The heat was on during hands-on chemistry demonstrations