children from the Make-a-Wish
Chapter president: Leah Giaccotto
Foundation to do exciting science
Number of chapter members: 45
Number of ACS Student
composition: Large, public,
rural, 4-year institution
Chapter website: http://www.
Q What are some of the inter-
esting ways your chapter
recruits its members?
A At the start of the fall semester,
Q Has your chapter presented
the chapter matches up new
chemistry students with chapter
members to introduce them to
the program, in hopes that they
will join the chapter. We also
have a booth at the recruitment
fairs held at the beginning of
each semester, and we display
our chapter poster at social and
outreach events for anyone who
is interested in joining.
at a national meeting?
A Last year, at the ACS national
participation, and try to provide
meeting in New Orleans, we
presented our chapter activities
at the Sci-Mix poster session, and
one of our members presented
research findings from a sum-
mer REU program. The spring
2009 meeting in Salt Lake City
will be attended by four chapter
members, who will present their
research and our chapter poster.
anything else they might need.
Q How did your chapter develop
its web page?
A Our chapter’s webpage was devel-
Q What challenges have you
oped by our previous webmaster.
Over the past two years, it was
heavily updated with the names
of the officers, pictures from many
of our events, an extensive list of
chemistry courses, useful chemis-
try-related resources, and chapter
faced in your position?
A I wish I had more time to spend
with the students, because they
are all wonderful.
Q What advice can you offer
those new to the advisor
A Listen to the students and be
Q What has been the most
patient. Encourage them to con-
tinue with everything that they do
because they are all capable of
rewarding aspect of your
service as a faculty advisor?
A The most rewarding aspect has
been watching the students succeed.
Q What is your most popular
A Every year, the chapter puts on a
Q What is your role as a
Halloween Show, usually around
the end of National Chemistry
Week, as our main outreach event
in the fall; this year’s show was
“Scooby Doo and the Case of
the Chemistry Crook.” Last year,
we included a Haunted Lab Tour
that goes through the basements
of three connected laboratories
that we decorate with lights, cot-
ton spider webs, and many other
props. We tell interesting stories
as we take the kids and their
parents through the tour, and at
the end, they get to watch several
professors do exciting demos.
A I facilitate the activities of the
Q What was your most memo-
chapter and advise the students.
I also assist the officers and
other members, give insight and
guidance in event planning and
rable experience while
attending an ACS national
A It was, by far, having the opportu-
nity to watch the students present
their posters and interact with
Q What is the most unique
activity your chapter
A This year, as part of the annual
Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance
Marathon [a student-run phil-
anthropic event whose website
claims is the largest event of
its kind in the country], we will
be making liquid nitrogen ice
cream for the kids, dancers, and
participating members. Over the
past three years, we have helped
We have developed a Facebook page,
complete with group and fan pages. Student Affiliates can
access this page to learn about happenings at ACS, view
pictures from meeting events, and network with other Student
Just look up Audley “SAPROGRAM” Burke in the search box
and send us a friend request.