The U.S. Section, with approximately 2,000 members, represents the society in the United States, seeks to uphold its professional reputation, and promote cooperation with other scientific and professional bodies in the United States of America. The U.S. Section also provides professional guidance and assistance to members and is in close contact with the Local Sections manager in the UK.
The U.S. Section meets at least three times a year. In spring and summer our meetings usually involve a visit to a site of particular historical or chemistry related interest while our AGM is often held in conjunction with a visit to a Broadway show in New York. In alternate years the summer meeting frequently has been at the Connecticut home of Dr. Paul Stonehart, a past president, who graciously hosts a garden party, prepares and serves English "pub food", British beer and cider. Otherwise the summer meeting, like the Spring meeting, is a full weekend with dinner and lecture on the Saturday evening and related organized or informal tours throughout the weekend. There are also RSC receptions held at the American Chemistry Society’s National Meetings and RSC events scheduled at the ACS Middle Atlantic and Northeast Regional Meetings.
Active membership is currently concentrated on the east coast from Massachusetts to Virginia so meetings are arranged at various geographic locations for the convenience of our widely spread membership. Efforts are under way to encourage the formation of satellite branches in other areas of the USA.
The U.S. Section is open to all members of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) who reside in the United States. Its operations are directed by a committee of members consisting of the President, Secretary and Treasurer, Presidents Emeriti and at least one member at large.
Whether you are a RSC member working temporarily in the USA or making your home here, we welcome you and invite you to make contact and join us at our next event.