University’s ACS student chapter receives national “Outstanding Award”

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Waynesburg University’s American Chemical Society (ACS) student chapter was recently selected to receive the “Outstanding Chapter Award” from the American Chemical Society for the fourth consecutive year. The award is a result of the chapter’s activities conducted during the 2012-13 academic year.

More than 367 student chapter annual activity reports were reviewed by the Society Committee on Education (SOCED). As a result of the reports, 263 awards were given, including 53 “Outstanding,” 85 “Commendable,” and 125 “Honorable Mention” awards. Waynesburg University was one of only 53 chapters selected to receive the “Outstanding Award.”

Under the direction of Dr. Robert LaCount, professor emeritus of chemistry at Waynesburg University, and Dr. Evonne Baldauff, assistant professor of chemistry and chair of the Department of Chemistry at Waynesburg University, the ACS student chapter was highly involved in campus and community outreach activities throughout the year.

Activities included monthly labs for homeschooled students, a Haunted Lab open to the campus and local community and the Food Chemistry and Green Chemistry programs offered to local Girl Scout members, among many others. Student chapter members also provide service to the department, work to foster community within the group through social events offered throughout the academic year, and participate in National Chemistry Week including volunteering at ChemFest at the Carnegie Science Center and hosting the Periodic Table of Cupcakes on campus.

According to Baldauff, this award is substantial because it represents the efforts of the Department of Chemistry.

“This award is emblematic of the service-oriented spirit of students at Waynesburg University,” Baldauff said. “Our ACS students put in countless hours in planning and organizing these outreach events simply because they want to educate and excite others about science. I could not be more proud of their accomplishment.”

The congratulatory letter from ACS President Dr. Miranda Li Wu read as follows: “Professors Evonne Baldauff and Robert LaCount, faculty advisors of the chapter, deserve special commendation. Few faculty members are willing to make the great commitment of time and energy that successful chapter requires. Professor Baldauff and Professor LaCount’s efforts certainly represent the best in undergraduate science education and mentoring around the country.”

For more information, contact Baldauff at 724-852-3617.

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