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Chemistry Student Group Earns National Honors

April 08, 2019

Angelo State University’s student chapter of the American Chemical Society (ACS) has received an Outstanding Award from the national ACS Committee on Education for the chapter’s activities during the 2017-18 academic year.

Angelo State ACS reps at national meeting: (L to R) Baxter Krug, Clancy Collom, Heather Hillert, ...Angelo State ACS reps at national meeting: (L to R) Baxter Krug, Clancy Collom, Heather Hillert, Dr. Edith Osborne, Christopher Garcia, Kevin BoudreauxThis marks the 14th straight year the ASU chapter has received a year-end award from the national ACS, including one previous Outstanding Award, 11 Commendable Awards and two Honorable Mention Awards. Only 69 of the more than 450 student chapters in the U.S. received an Outstanding Award for 2017-18.

Additionally, for the eighth straight year, the ASU chapter has received a Green Chemistry Award for outreach activities from the national ACS Green Chemistry Institute. Only 72 chapters received a Green Chemistry Award for 2017-18.

The ASU chapter and other award-winning chapters were honored at the 254th ACS National Meeting and Exposition held March 30 – April 2 in Orlando, Fla. A list of the award-winning chapters will be published in Chemical & Engineering News and the inChemistry student magazine.

ASU students Heather Hillert of Menard, Clancy Collom of Earth and Christopher Garcia of San Angelo also presented their research projects at the ACS national meeting. Hillert and Baxter Krug of De Leon presented ASU’s successful chapter and green chemistry posters.

For its Outstanding 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 outstanding commitment to incorporating green chemistry into its annual activities. “Green Chemistry” is a movement that encourages the design of processes that reduce the usage of hazardous or environmentally unfriendly substances, as well as advancing the idea of sustainability in the chemical industry and in research.

Hillert is the student president of the ASU chapter, and the faculty sponsors are Dr. Edith Osborne, associate professor of chemistry, and Kevin Boudreaux, senior instructor of chemistry.

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