The student chapter of the American Chemical Society (ACS) at Morehead State University (MSU) has been recognized with awards from the ACS almost every year since 1995. The focus of the club changes from year to year depending on the areas the officers would like to emphasize. While tradition is essential to the long-term health of the club, variation and creativity are highly valued. The organization has been involved with a myriad of activities in the areas of outreach, service, fundraising, professional development, philanthropy, and fun (i.e., social activities). Activities over the years have included giving the president of the university a pie in the face to raise money and awareness for the American Cancer Society, cleaning local hiking areas, tutoring students in chemistry, conducting demonstrations for area elementary, middle, and high school students, holding raffles to raise money for national meeting trips, hosting speakers and alumni to talk about career paths, running 5K races to support Alzheimer’s research, taking trips to area industries and seminars, and, of course, selling periodic table cupcakes during National Chemistry Week. This chapter, like all others, has its challenges but has managed to “stay the course” by promoting chemistry and doing its best to excite, inform, and engage those individuals interested in science.
In Building and Maintaining Award-Winning ACS Student Members, Chapter 2, Volume III. ACS Publications.
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