Student Affiliate American Chemical Society (ACS Club) members visited a Purchase Line High School chemistry class on Thursday, April 29, 2010, to present some “chemical magic” demonstrations, talk to students about careers in chemistry and life at IUP, and donate $1,000 toward chemistry supplies.
Ms. Maura Barrett (president), Ms. Jennifer Beveridge (treasurer), and Mr. James Shellhammer, accompanied by club advisor Dr. Nathan McElroy, visited the last-period chemistry class taught by Ms. Melanie Cicon. The students researched and set up three separate “chemical magic” demonstrations to show the students, followed by a question and answer period. Several Purchase Line students plan to attend IUP in the fall, and they asked many questions about college life and studying chemistry.
To conclude, Ms. Beveridge presented a check for $1,000 to the school to purchase chemistry supplies and equipment.
The ACS Club at IUP, which was formed in the 1970s, is comprised predominantly of students in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biology, and pre-professional majors. Members provide free chemistry tutoring four days a week during the semester, raise money via fundraising activities that is donated to local school science programs ($1,000 each year), and hold or participate in community outreach activities such as National Chemistry Week in Pittsburgh, Mole Day, and local science festivals.
The club was recently awarded two Honorable Mention Awards by the National Office of the ACS for their achievements and activities during the 2008–2009 and 2006–2007 academic years.