Chapter president: Stephanie
Number of chapter members: 16
Number of ACS student members:
composition: Large, public, urban,
minority-serving, 4-year institution
Chapter website: http://orgs.odu.
favorite — chemistry professor or
TA with a plate full of whipped
cream. Many of our faculty and
TAs participate — the organic
chemistry professor is always a
huge draw — and we have a ton
of fun. After all, who doesn’t want
to hit a chemistry professor in the
face with a pie?
Paula Mazzer, 5 years
who leave during the year or
don’t do their job, it can get difficult.
Q What has been the most
rewarding aspect of your
service as a faculty advisor?
A I enjoy seeing and being a part
of the innovative ideas/programs
these young chemists propose and
then helping them turn their ideas
into real events.
Q Why/how did you become a
and fun. When we have officers
A The previous advisor took the
position of graduate program
director and no longer had time to
sponsor the chapter. The students
asked me to replace him, and it’s
been a really fun ride.
Q What challenges have you
faced in your position?
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A The most challenging problem
is the different levels of activity
every year. When we have strong
officers, the chapter is dynamic
Q What advice can you offer
those new to the advisor
A Be helpful, offer advice, but don’t
try to steer. The chapter experiences ups and downs every year. For
example, last year our chapter’s
president left midway through the
year, which changed our whole
officer corps. The temptation to
jump in and run the projects for
them can often be strong, but the
real joy is watching them set the
bar high and then reach it on their
Q Does your chapter have any
A Our historian takes the lead in
documenting what we do and
also tracks down previous members to see where they are now.
Q How did you celebrate
National Chemistry Week?
A We hosted a poster session for
undergraduates from all six of
the local chemistry departments
at institutions in the Hampton
Roads area. Also, we have a
“Mole Hunt” in the chemistry
department for Mole Day, where
we make “moles” and hide them.
Whoever finds the most moles
between 6:02 a.m. and 6:02 p.m.
wins a Starbucks gift card, an
ACS student member T-shirt, and
departmental bragging rights.
activities required to obtain the
badges. We also add some of our
own favorites, such as the “color
changing solution” and “fire lab,”
to show them how much fun
chemistry can be. Check out our
favorite “whoosh bottle” demo
online at http://www.soulbabel.
Q Have you collaborated with
any local student chapters?
A We’ve worked with chapters at
Christopher Newport University
(CNU) and Norfolk State
University when organizing our
undergraduate poster session.
Also, last year we joined CNU and
Mary Washington College in their
Titration Tournament. We are planning on hosting our own tournament next spring.
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Q What is your most popular
or unique chapter activity?
A On Scout Day, we bring in local
scout troops and help them earn
their chemistry merit badges.
We assist them with all of the
Q Which of your fund-raisers
stands out the most?
A The most FUN fund-raiser that
we host is Pie-a-Professor! For
two dollars, any student can hit
their favorite — or their not-so-
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