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UW-Eau Claire ACS Student Chapter
Receives Commendable Award
MAILED: Oct. 29, 2002
EAU CLAIRE — The American Chemical Society recently awarded the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire ACS Student Affiliates Chapter a Commendable award for chapter activities conducted during the 2001-02 academic year.
With 950 ACS student chapters at colleges and universities in the United States and Puerto Rico, and only 31 outstanding, 55 commendable and 71 honorable mentions awarded for the 2001-02 academic year, co-presidents Katie Bushnell, Maplewood, Minn., and Melissa Field, Eau Claire, are proud of the group’s accomplishment.
“We had a core group of members who were at every function, and we could not have asked for better members,” the students wrote in their annual report to the ACS.
The report details the activities that won the chapter the award, which recognizes their role in the professional development of students in chemistry as well as contributions to the community.
Professional development activities included socials and fundraisers for the chapter, a poster contest, participation in UW-Eau Claire’s Majors Fair and Student Research Day, design of an ACS student affiliate Web site, tutoring offered to all chemistry students, attendance at professional conferences, and various activities to promote and publicize National Chemistry Week.
According to the annual report, requests for tutors were so numerous that the 20-member group had to double the tutoring shifts and increase the number of tutors to accommodate all the requests. Although they have focused primarily on tutoring for general chemistry classes, they also now offer tutors for organic, inorganic and biochemistry.
The chapter’s contributions to the community included extension of one-on-one tutoring services to several high school students and one technical college student, and an active chemistry education program that presented chemistry demonstrations at UW-Eau Claire and 14 area schools to more than 675 students in grades 4 through 8, more than double the number from the previous year. The demonstrations are designed to spark an interest in chemistry and the sciences among younger students. Another demonstration at a local mall was held during National Chemistry Week.
The award carries with it a note of accomplishment for UW-Eau Claire and the ACS student chapter in Chemical and Engineering News, the society’s official national news magazine, and In Chemistry, the student affiliates magazine. Award winning chapters will be honored at the 225th ACS National Meeting in New Orleans, March 23, 2003.
The ACS also commended the group’s faculty advisers, assistant professors of chemistry Dr. Marcia Miller and Dr. Michael Carney, for their commitment of time and energy.
“Professors Miller and Carney’s efforts certainly represent the best in undergraduate science education and mentoring around the country,” wrote Eli Pearce, ACS president.
Carney, however, credits the student leaders of the ACS chapter. Their efforts led to the recognition, he said.
Bushnell, a senior biochemistry/molecular biology major whose future plans include medical school and pediatric medicine, particularly credits Field with improving the group’s documentation so that future members will have an easier time taking over and continuing the chapter’s successful activities. Field, a senior majoring in chemistry with a business emphasis, is considering pursing a master’s degree in business administration and thinks she might enjoy a sales or marketing job with a pharmaceutical company.
Other officers of the ACS Student Affiliates Chapter during the 2001-2002 academic year were secretaries Sara Hayward, a May 2002 graduate from Bloomington, Minn., and junior Emily Gilles, a biochemistry/molecular biology major from Plum City; and treasurer Glen Gullickson, a senior chemistry major from Chippewa Falls.
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: October 29, 2002