ACS Milwaukee

Welcome to the Milwaukee section of the American Chemical Society!


photo of Milwaukee courtesy of Callia Johnson  


05/04/2017  Spring Poster Session


05/04/2017  Congratulations Olympiad Winners!

  • 1st year. 1st place. Martin Diges. Cedarburg High School. David Pollock teacher. 
  • 1st year. 2nd place. Ryan Wandsnider. Cedarburg High School David Pollock teacher. 
  • 2nd year. 1st place. Stephen Marcon. Homestead High School. Ashley Schon teacher. 
  • 2nd year. 2nd place. Emily Benson. Arrowhead High School. Cammy Ley teacher. 

1st year students are students that have only completed or are currently enrolled in a first year, non-AP/IB chemistry course. 2nd year students are students that have completed or are currently enrolled in a second year, AB/IB chemistry course. 


03/21/2017  Spring 2017 Travel Award 


Congratulations to the winners:

  • Margaret Guthrie (UWM)
  • Casey DeShambo (CUW)
  • Md Toufiqur Rahman (UWM)
  • Vincent M Wartenweiler (Carroll University)
  • Brittany Lyda (Carroll University)
  • Rachel Kutzner (Carroll University)
  • Nathan Biewer (Carroll University)
  • Allison Renee Tomczyk (Carroll University)
  • Karannagoda Iresha Perera (Marquette University)


 Casey DeShambo presenting his research at the National ACS meeting in San Francisco

03/21/2017  February Local section meeting 

02/13/2017  Volunteer of the Year!

Congratulations to 2016 Volunteer of the Year - Irma Quezada. She successfully organized and proctored National chemistry Week outreach as well as Girls & STEM event where more than 400 children participated.


Irma is in the center holding an ACS sign. 

 01/11/2017  Message from the New 2017 Chair

Dear fellow ACS members,

I look forward to serving as the 2017 Chairperson of our Milwaukee Section.  I was very impressed with Dina’s enthusiastic leadership, our board’s dedication, and the active participation of our members during 2016.  Our group truly demonstrated the ACS vision of “Improving people’s lives through the transforming power of chemistry”.

We will have many more opportunities to promote chemistry in 2017.  While an improving economy is usually a good thing, it has led to a reduction in college enrollment (less future chemists), not something companies want to hear with the nearing retirement of the baby boomers whose numbers represent a significant portion of the work force.  This is where organizations like ours can help.  We must educate the public on the benefits of chemistry and encourage others to pursue a career in chemistry.  I was introduced to chemistry as a career path by my friend Dr. Zack Shana, and I am always grateful for the many opportunities his advice gave me.  By volunteering with the ACS I hope to pass on my experiences to inspire future chemists.

Happy New Year!
Andy Zrinsky

12/16/2016  Message from the 2016 Chair 

Dear ACS Milwaukee members,

It is almost the end of my time being a Chair of the Milwaukee section of ACS. I am excited about what our local section is becoming once again: dynamic community of volunteers who are passionate of spreading our love for chemistry.

My goals for the year were to improve communication and participation and I hope you agree that we are moving in the right direction. This year we organized and sponsored Chemists Celebrate Earth Day, Chemistry Olympiad, National Chemistry Week, Girls and STEM event, poster sessions, student travel awards, dinner-meeting with excellent speakers, revived Instrument Donation program, and started monthly Science Cafe.

We are also working on building partnerships with Milwaukee Public Schools, Discovery World and other museums, so stay tuned for new volunteer opportunities next year under the leadership of 2017 Chair Andy Zrinsky. What we were not able to do is to present the Milwaukee Section and Teacher of the Year awards because we did not  have enough nominations . 

Thank you for giving me an opportunity to serve our community.

Best regards,

Dina Borysenko 


11/19/2016 Girls and STEM event

11/03/2016 November ACS Dinner - meeting

10/21/2016 National Chemistry Week at Discovery World

10/14/2016 Yesterday at the Science Cafe gathering:

Thank you, All, for coming! It was fun. Hope to see all of you next month at the Dinner-Meeting.


08/08/2016 One week left to apply for Student Travel Award: 

If you are a student and would like to apply for the student travel award to go to the National ACS meeting in Philadelphia (Aug 21-25), we are still accepting application this week. Apply NOW.


07/13/2016 Call for nominations the 2016 Richards Medal Award:

The ACS Northeastern Section (NESACS) is soliciting nominations for the 2016 Theodore William Richards Medal Award for conspicuous achievement in any area of chemistry - not limited to teaching. 
Nomination packages should be submitted electronically as a single PDF file to Anna Singer at, NESACS Administrative Secretary, by October 31, 2016.  The award will be presented on Thursday, March 23, 2017.

Also, we are still accepting nominations for the Milwaukee Section award.


06/09/2016 Science Cafe 


05/26/2016  Local Section Meeting


05/12/2016 First Science Café

Next Science cafe is on June 9!


05/03/2016   Introducing Science Café

Based on feedback from our membership, we would like to hold an informal “Science Café”. These regular meetings will be a chance to discuss a variety of topics with other ACS members, learn something new, or just vent about your week at work. Read more here

04/22/2016   2016 Milwaukee Section Award

Nominations are being solicited for the year 2016 Milwaukee Section Award. The award was established to honor a Milwaukee Section member for outstanding contributions or service to the industry, the profession, or the Section in the Milwaukee area.

Members of the Milwaukee Section, with the exception of those serving on the Milwaukee Section Award Committee, are eligible. For more information go to Awards section.


03/31/2016 March 2016 meeting at the Center of Graduate Studies of Carroll University

Yesterday at the ACS Milwaukee meeting. Interesting talk by Bill Carroll and great students' posters! Thank you All.Hope to see all of you at the next meeting in May.

Posted by ACS Milwaukee Section on Friday, April 1, 2016


03/19/2016   Councilor's Report from San Diego

We are pleased to present you with the Councilor Talking Points from the recent meetings of the ACS Board of Directors and Council held at the Society’s national meeting in San Diego, CA. 

We hope that you will find this document helpful. 


03/19/2016   Call for Nominations

ACS Milwaukee section is pleased to announce the call for nominations for the 2017 Board of Directors. We are seeking candidates for the positions of Chair-elect, Treasurer, Secretary and Councilor (you have to be a member of National ACS to be eligible).

Service on the Board of Directors is a chance to help improve communication, chemistry education, and professional development of local community of chemists and general public. It allows you to grow personally and professionally, to develop valuable skills in non-profit governance, program planning and strategic planning, to make your resume/CV stronger, to gain lasting connections with other chemists in the area and recognition from your employer, peers, and community.


03/17/2016   Past Chair 2015 of the Milwaukee section, Scott A Schlipp, at the National ACS 2016 meeting in San Diego

Past Chair of the Milwaukee section, Scott A Schlipp, at San Diego

Posted by ACS Milwaukee Section on Thursday, March 17, 2016


03/13/2016  Spring 2016 Milwaukee section Chemistry Olympiad winners:

Last weekend 105 high school chemistry students from 15 different schools participated in the local section of the Chemistry Olympiad at Muskego High School. The top 10 students will advance to the National Chemistry Olympiad at Carroll University in late April.

The top 10 students and their schools are:

PovinelliChristopherMarquette University
SunSophiaBrookfield Central
CarpenterSteve Muskego
MisplayJosiahWhitnall High School

Cristopher Povinelli and Joshua Bote were the top 2 scores from the 2nd year chemistry students and Kyle Langreck (Cedarburg HS) and Logan Stipe (Whitnall) were the top 2 scores from the 1st year chemistry students! 


03/02/2016  Spring 2016 Student travel award

Congratulations to the winners: 

John Toberman,  (Concordia University); Shamsul Arefin Ahmed (UWM); Rajwana Jahan (UWM)


02/26/2016  Instrument Donation program

The Milwaukee Section of the American Chemical Society has a program to facilitate the donation of equipment from industry and universities to small colleges and high schools in our southeast Wisconsin area. To learn more follow this link Instrument Donation Program 


02/25/2016  February 2016 meeting at the Global Water Center



Next Local Section meeting

Poster Session/ Career fair
May 4th at 5 pm at the Brown Deer Boathouse


Here is a list of instruments that are donated and also a wish list. If your school would like to obtain any of the items, please fill out this form and email Instrument Donation program coordinator, Peter Petersen, at

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