Chemagination is a creative innovation and writing contest for high school science students conducted by the American Chemical Society (ACS) and written with the National Science Education Standards in mind.

The 2022 Chemagination Contest is being planned, this website will be updated in Spring 2022.

The New York Section of the American Chemical Society will host the Chemagination Competition in Spring 2022. Chemagination consist of a submitted article along with answers to questions. 

For this event, high school students are asked to imagine that they are living 25 years in the future and have been invited to write an article for ChemMatters, a magazine for high school students that focuses on the role of chemistry in everyday life.  Students are also asked to design the magazine cover. The subject of the article is: 

"Describe a recent breakthrough or innovation in chemistry (and/or its applications) that has improved the quality of people's lives today."

The article must be written to fit in one of four categories: Alternative Energy, Environment, Medicine/Health or New Materials. 

First place category winners from Local ACS Sections' Chemagination contests will be eligible to participate in the regional Chemagination contest at the 2023 Middle Atlantic Regional Meeting. 

For further information, please contact the NY ACS Chemagination Coordinatrors, Dr. Aaron Muth and Dr. Carlos Chavez 

Contest Rules
Refer to the Chemagination Contest Description & Rules for more details. For examples of questions that might be asked by judges during the competition click Sample Questions

Important Information:

  • DEADLINE for submission of the 'Intent to Participate Form' is February 8, 2022. 
  • DEADLINE for submission of the 'Article Submission Form' along with the article and cover page is February 22, 2022
  • DEADLINE for a $40.00 Submission Fee for each project entry is February 22, 2022. Please make the check to NYACS.
  • This year's New York section contest will be virtual with winners notified by March 5, 2022
  • Download a sample entry here
  • Download the student guide here