Rubber Division of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the highly regarded international association of chemists, engineers, technicians, scientists, plant managers, sales and marketing professionals and others in the rubber, polymer or related fields within industry, academia and government, is undertaking a new initiative.
As part of their remit to expand the elastomeric profession and individual development through educational, technical and interactive activities, the Rubber Division of the ACS has announced that it is expanding its international educational outreach program for students. The Rubber Division, ACS’s outreach will be spearheaded through their European Representative, UK-based Rubber Heart Ltd, in collaboration with its Membership & Outreach Director, Heather Maimone. Rubber Heart is the recently launched, European-based B2B PR, marketing and events company, whose highly-connected and well established founding partners have a long history in the rubber industry.
The driving purpose of the initiative is to bring more young scientists to the Rubber Division, ACS community from all backgrounds, at both undergraduate and graduate level, studying any aspect of elastomer chemistry, technology and engineering, by increasing student membership and participation in its Student Chapter program.
The Rubber Division, ACS already offers the world’s most comprehensive training and educational program for the rubber industry and has quickly pivoted to the coronavirus-related challenges of moving all courses and webinars onto a digital platform, opening up participation to a whole new audience outside the US. To date, more than 1000 participants have taken advantage of this ambitious program in 2020, according to the association.
In an effort to support students during these challenging times, Rubber Division, ACS Student Members have particularly benefitted with access to all training courses and webinars for no fee. Participation is included with the annual membership fee of $25. The organisation plans to make this a membership benefit for Undergraduate Student Members.
With the recent announcement that the Rubber Division, ACS International Elastomer Conference 2020 (IEC, 19th – 23rd October) is to be a virtual event (registration is now open at www.rubberiec.org), see: https://irjournal.com/singleblog/1287/international-elastomer-conference-to-be-virtual, student members who would have never had the opportunity to attend this key global rubber industry conference in person are now being offered free registration to the whole experience and can hear about topics relevant to the industry. This includes the Technical Program, Educational Symposium and Student Colloquium, where presentations and courses will be offered as a Live and On Demand combination. All registrants will have access to the virtual platform until January 20, 2021.
The Rubber Division, ACS Student Chapter program is another way in which students can benefit from the learning and networking opportunities, but with added significant financial support and scholarship opportunities. The program is open to all universities and colleges throughout the world, with the opportunity for smaller faculties to partner together for country or larger regional Student Chapters.
The association explains that in order to get established, each Student Chapter needs a faculty advisor and a minimum of six student members. Benefits include complimentary Student Membership, registration to the technical meetings at the Rubber Division, ACS Spring Meeting and IEC and opportunities for networking and career development.
The association notes that there is a very visible proven track record to indicate that the skills students develop from taking advantage of early engagement with Rubber Division, ACS during their studies can be particularly beneficial for their future careers in the industry, opening up some valuable opportunities in global companies.