North Jersey Section
American Chemical Society

Committee on Minority Affairs

Welcome to the Minority Affairs Page of NJACS

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What can the Minority Affairs group do?

  • Promote the recognition of the professional accomplishments of minorities
  • Attract minority students to the profession
  • Identifies minority-friendly educational institutions and businesses
  • Works for the increased participation of minority chemical professionals in the Society at all levels
  • Provides mentoring to minority students
  • Network among ourselves.

Minority Affairs Groupsite

A Groupsite for North Jersey American Chemical Society Minority Affairs Group has been set up, powered by CollectiveX and combining the best features of forums, calendars, email lists, and social networks. This site is a meeting place that provides members of North Jersey American Chemical Society Minority Affairs Group with a shared calendar, discussion forums, photo gallery, files and member profiles.

To join, please sign up at
Or, if that doesn’t work, please drop us a note at

Leadership Team

  • Tomeka Thompson, Chair    [ ]
  • Jeannette Brown, Advisor    [ ]


(Past Events)

Feb 14, 2018 – Two NJ Students Win Project SEED Scholarships

Project Seed2017-18 Project SEED Scholars

[Excerpt from an article by Linda Wang in the C&EN News. The full article is here.]

The ACS Committee on Project SEED has announced the winners of its 2017–18 college scholarships. The recipients, who were selected from participants in ACS’s Project SEED research program, received one-year nonrenewable scholarships of up to $5,000 to help cover tuition and fees during their first year of college. The 27 scholarships for the 2017–18 academic year, which have a total value of $135,000, were funded by private corporations and individual donors. Additionally, three Project SEED alumni in their sophomore year received the three-year renewable Ciba Specialty Chemicals scholarship, which provides $5,000 per year.

Project SEED is ACS’s summer research program that enables economically disadvantaged high school students to conduct hands-on research. For more information, visit

Alfred & Isabel Bader

Alfred Bader is one of the founders of Aldrich Chemical, now Sigma-Aldrich. The Baders have supported Project SEED for many years and contributed to the initiation of the Summer II SEED program.

National SEED Scholars from New Jersey

Camila Sierra Gutierrez graduated from Union City High School in New Jersey. Under the mentorship of Roman Voronov and Long Pham at New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark, she conducted research titled “Simulation of Artificial Bone Tissue: Chemotaxis of Stem Cells in Microfluidic Devices.” She is majoring in chemical engineering at Hudson County Community College in Jersey City, N.J.

Nicole Taylor graduated from East Orange STEM Academy in New Jersey. She conducted research titled “Electrochemical Reduction of CO2 with Microwave-Enabled One-Pot Metal/Carbon Catalysts” under the mentorship of Huixin He at Rutgers University in Newark. She is majoring in chemical physics and physics at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y.


(Past Events)

Jun 8, 2016 – Team Trivia Night

Team Trivia Night at the Fox & Hound

Come out and join the North Jersey ACS Minority Affairs Group as we participate in Fox & Hound’s Team Trivia night. Team Trivia is a live, hosted trivia event. The game (approximately 2 hours) consists of 2 halves; 3 rounds and 10 questions each half, which include a halftime question and a final question. Categories include pop culture, movies, music TV, sports, and more.

This is your chance to meet your chemistry peers, show off your trivia skills and HAVE FUN!

When: Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Time: 8:00 PM
Where:   Fox & Hound
250 Menlo Park Drive
Edison, NJ 08837
Cost: Free

Please RSVP by June 1st to

For additional details about these event and upcoming North Jersey ACS Minority Affairs Group activities, visit our Facebook page:

Tomeka Saxon, North Jersey ACS Minority Affairs Group Chair

Jeannette Brown, North Jersey ACS Minority Affairs Group Advisor




(Past Events)

Jun 4, 2016 – Girls S.T.E.A.M. Conference

Girls S.T.E.A.M. conference at Kean University

The conference will introduce middle school and high school girls to non-traditional career paths in science, technology, engineering and media. Students will participate in interactive workshops, hear from professionals and learn new skills in the STEAM fields. Volunteers are needed for day of activities (i.e. registration, directing students/parents to assigned sessions, etc)



(Past Events)

May 18, 2016 – Committee on Minority Affairs at LSC

Community Night at LSC

The Liberty Science Center (LSC) hosts students from various school districts. NJ-ACS Volunteers are needed to participate in hands-on demos.

Please contact if you can help out.

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