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Waynesburg ACS chapter recognized as ‘Outstanding Chapter'

Earns distinction for the 13th time

Rachel Pellegrino Apr 22, 2021

The Waynesburg University American Chemical Society (ACS) Student Chapter recently received the “Outstanding Chapter Award” for their activities in the 2019-2020 academic year.

The award marks the Chapter’s 13th “Outstanding Chapter Award” received in the past 15 years.

“To receive the award in light of the pandemic was very meaningful,” said Dr. Evonne Baldauff, chairperson of the Department of Chemistry and Forensic Science. “Overall, this award means that we are able to effectively engage our chapter members, campus and community in meaningful ways. Our efforts embody the mission of the University in promoting faith, learning and service.”

Waynesburg’s ACS Chapter was evaluated and chosen on the quality of their activities in three areas: Outreach, Professional Development and Chapter Development. The Chapter was also asked to report on their goals, strengths, areas for growth, fundraising and maintenance of finances.

Many of the Chapter’s significant activities, including the ACS National Meeting, take place in the later part of the spring semester. Despite cancellation of these activities last year, the judges were complimentary of what Waynesburg’s ACS Chapter could accomplish despite the abrupt disruption.

“Goals for the chapter included effective communication with members and choosing activities that were worthwhile to both our students and our audience,” Baldauff said.

“We want students to be involved because we share the common goal of spreading the joy of chemistry to both our campus and community.”

The Chapter received national recognition for their award Friday, April 16, at the American Chemical Society 2021 Spring National Meeting.

For more information, contact Dr. Baldauff at or 724-852-7617.

Senior chemistry majors Paige Smith and Heather Allaman hosted a virtual chemistry demonstration involving adhesives for National Chemistry Week, showcasing how composite materials can be used to strengthen the properties of common objects. Participation in National Chemistry Week is one of the many activities of Waynesburg's ACS Student Chapter.

Senior chemistry majors Paige Smith and Heather Allaman.