Waynesburg University’s American Chemical Society (ACS) student chapter was recently awarded a $500 grant, and chapter advisor, Dr. Evonne Baldauff, has been accepted to publish in an upcoming Symposium Series eBook by ACS Publications.
The $500 grant from the ACS National Undergraduate Programs Office is to be used in developing a new outreach activity designed to engage with local high school chemistry students.
“Our chapter is well-versed in outreach,” said Baldauff, associate professor of chemistry and chair of the Department of Chemistry and Forensic Science. “Having that experience and being able to show how successful we have been in the past is something that the reviewers want to see.”
Kristen Wilson, senior chemistry (secondary education) major and president of Waynesburg’s ACS student chapter, prepared the grant application that consisted of a project justification, budget and timeline.
Wilson worked directly with Matt Brandstetter, chemistry teacher at Waynesburg Central High School (WCHS), to determine the type of program that would best meet the needs of his students.
The program, named “College-Chemistry Connection,” will allow Waynesburg University students to host monthly instrument sessions with the students in Brandstetter’s AP Chemistry class. The high school students will receive a lesson from University students on how to use a particular instrument followed by hands-on time.
Because of the overall success of Waynesburg’s ACS student chapter, Baldauff was invited to write a chapter for publishing by the ACS on best methods in working with ACS student chapters. Her chapter was recently accepted and will be published in a Symposium Series volume tentatively titled “Building and Maintaining Award-Winning ACS Student Members.”
“The chapter was written based on my experiences while serving as the chapter advisor by using student opinion and perspective to guide the content,” said Baldauff. “It is a great way to be recognized for the efforts we annually undertake and also serves as a way for us to assist other ACS student chapters.”
Baldauff’s chapter offers practical advice by encouraging other chapters to get more faculty involved, work to create community within the group and host quality, worthwhile events that will generate pride among the membership.
Earlier this year, Waynesburg’s ACS student chapter received the ACS’s “Outstanding Award” for the fifth consecutive year.
ACS is a congressionally independent membership organization which represents professionals at all degree level in all fields of chemistry and sciences that involve chemistry.
Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and is one of only 21 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.
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