The Waynesburg University American Chemical Society chapter (ACS) was instrumental in planning undergraduate programming at the recent ACS Central Eastern Regional Meeting (CERM) held Wednesday, Oct. 29, through Saturday, Nov. 1, at the Doubletree Hotel in Greentree, Pa.
“Planning all of the undergraduate programming for CERM 2014 was a great opportunity for our ACS chapter,” said Evonne Baldauff, chairperson for the chemistry and forensic science department and associate professor of chemistry at Waynesburg University. “Our students were instrumental in designing, organizing and implementing all of the undergraduate events during this meeting.”
Prior to the event, the ACS chapter wrote a grant and was awarded $2,800 from the ACS undergraduate office. The monetary award was used to plan and fund the meeting.
Five sessions were offered for students during Friday’s event including an undergraduate research poster session, a networking and resume luncheon, a workshop on how to be a successful student chapter, a keynote speaker and a social event for the students.
“This proved to be a significant amount of work, yet the results were worth the effort,” Baldauff said. “The activities were successful and well-attended by undergraduates from a wide representation of colleges and universities in the region. We are very pleased with the overall experience.”
Waynesburg University students involved in planning CERM 2014:
•Andrew Heinle, a senior forensic science major from Brackenridge (Highlands High School)
•Cassie Gates, a junior chemistry major from Penn Hills (Penn Hills Senior High School)
•Chrissy Kaste, a senior forensic science major from Waynesburg (Phoenixville Area High School)
•Corey Rugh, a senior biology major from Smithfield (Albert Gallatin Area Senior High School)
•Dylan Matt, a junior forensic science major from Springfield, Ohio (Home schooled)
•Grant Strouse, a junior chemistry major from Millersburg, Ohio (West Holmes High School)
•Mackenzie Hammer, a junior chemistry major from McKees Rocks (Montour High School)
•Marlana Pratt, a junior biology major from Mapleville, R.I. (Burrillville High School)
•Nicolas Frazee, a senior mathematics major from New Kensington (Saint Joseph High School)
•Tara Faggioli, a senior chemistry major from Jefferson Hills (Thomas Jefferson High School)
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