to This Year’s Winners!
Student Chapter Awards
It is a great honor for me to help celebrate the accomplishments of ACS student
members. These are accomplishments that are making a difference in your lives
and careers as well as in communities across the country and in the chemistry
community as a whole. In fact, meeting and talking with ACS student members
has been one of the best parts of my year as ACS president.
Your activities are clearly shaping the future of the chemical enterprise! They are
also shaping your own future, giving you the experiences and skills you will need
to be competitive and successful in a global job marketplace. Some activities are
transforming in obvious ways — such as attending an ACS national meeting or
conducting undergraduate research. Other activities may also be making a difference, but in more subtle or unanticipated ways.
Life is a series of opportunities that develop an individual’s character and life
decisions. As a teenager, I never envisioned I would become a scientist, much less
an ACS president! Many more opportunities await me — and even more await all
of you! Individually and collectively, each of us has the power to make a difference in our own lives and the lives of others. Together, we are shaping and preparing for the future landscape.
Thank you for all you have done. Your allegiance, dedication, and camaraderie
have made this year remarkable! ACS simply would not be the same without you.
Here’s wishing you all the very best for a safe, happy, and healthy holiday season.
Looking forward to seeing you in 2011!
Joseph S. Francisco
President, American Chemical Society