The American Chemical Society (ACS) student chapter in the Department of Chemistry received a Commendable Award from the National ACS Committee on Education for its 2009–2010 club activities.
For the 2009–2010 academic year, over 360 reports were submitted to the committee. Of those, thirty-six clubs were given Outstanding Awards, sixty-eight were given Commendable Awards, and 113 received an Honorable Mention Award. Lists of winning chapters will be published in Chemical & Engineering News, the weekly ACS publication, and in inchemistry, the monthly student member magazine. These chapters will also be honored at the 241st ACS National Meeting in Anaheim, Calif., on March 21, 2011.
“I’m very proud of the work done by our club members and their dedication to making this a nationally recognized chapter,” said Nathan McElroy, the club faculty advisor. “Every semester, they offer free chemistry tutoring four nights a week, and raise funds with weekly hot dog sales and t-shirt sales. Each year, they donate $1,000 to a local elementary or high school science program, visit local science fairs with demonstrations, and take part in National Chemistry Week at the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh. It’s great to see their efforts rewarded with national recognition.”
Club officers for the 2009–2010 year were: President Maura Barrett; Vice President Jonathan Henninger; Treasurer Deanna Belsky; and Secretary Nadia Szymanski.
This is the third recent national award for the club, which received Honorable Mention awards for the 2006–2007 and 2008–2009 academic years.