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National Honors for Chemistry Student Organization

March 27, 2018

Angelo State University’s student chapter of the American Chemical Society (ACS) has received a Commendable Award from the national ACS Committee on Education for the chapter’s activities during the 2016-17 academic year.

This marks the 13th straight year the ASU chapter has received a year-end award from the national ACS, including one Outstanding Award, 10 Commendable Awards and two Honorable Mention Awards. Only 166 of the more than 450 student chapters in the U.S. received a Commendable Award or higher for 2016-17. 

ACS Green Chemistry Institute LogoAdditionally, for the seventh straight year, the ASU chapter has received a Green Chemistry Award for outreach activities from the national ACS Green Chemistry Institute. Only 56 chapters received a Green Chemistry Award for 2016-17. 

The ASU chapter and other award-winning chapters were honored at the 253rd ACS National Meeting and Exposition held March 18-22 in New Orleans, La. A list of the award-winning chapters has been published in Chemical & Engineering News and the inChemistry student magazine. 

For its Commendable Award, the ASU chapter was recognized for its participation in chemistry outreach activities, attendance at national meetings, and fundraising and social events. Chapter members annually take part in Mole Day, Earth Day and National Chemistry Week activities. They also conduct a campus speaker program, have regular fundraising events, and frequently include local and area high school students in their activities. Members also present their research at various organizational meetings, including the national ACS and Texas Academy of Science. 

For its Green Chemistry Award, the ASU chapter was recognized for its participation in at least three green chemistry activities during the 2016-17 academic year. “Green Chemistry” is a movement that encourages the design of processes that reduce the usage of hazardous or environmentally unfriendly substances, advancing the idea of sustainability in the chemical industry and in research. 

The student president of the ASU chapter is Samantha Mabika of Harare, Zimbabwe, and the faculty sponsors are Dr. Edith Osborne, associate professor of chemistry, and Kevin Boudreaux, senior instructor of chemistry. 

ACS is the world’s largest scientific society. It is a nonprofit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress, and is a global leader in providing access to chemistry-related research through its multiple databases, peer-reviewed journals and scientific conferences. Its main offices are in Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio. More information is available online at www.acs.org.