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Miami Shores, FL
Chapter president: Jake Stefancin
Number of chapter members: 30
Number of ACS student members:
A A beginning-of-semester pizza
luncheon is our best means of
recruitment. We introduce the
officers, and the faculty
advisor tells students
about what’s going
on in the student
chapter. We use
word of mouth
and an e-mail
distribution list for
events and activities.
Q What challenges have you
faced in your position?
A One challenge that always seems
to arise is fostering involvement
among the members who are not
officers and encouraging the officers to delegate responsibility.
Q How do you ensure a smooth officer transition from year to year?
A We elect new officers at the end
of the spring semester from students who have been active in the
chapter during the year. Before
the beginning of the fall semester,
the faculty advisor and new officers meet to plan activities, and
they present the list of activities
to chapter members at the semester kick-off lunch the first week of
Q What has been the most
rewarding aspect of your
service as a faculty advisor?
A It’s exciting to help foster that
sense of community among young
chemists and encourage them
to become leaders in their community. It’s rewarding to see shy
freshmen develop into confident
seniors who are eager to serve the
Q How have you “Put a Human
Face on Chemistry”?
A We adopted a school located
next to our campus and visit two
5th-grade classes 3-4 times per
semester to do Kids & Chemistry
hands-on activities. Since we
have been going to this elementary school, the 5th graders have
improved from 14% to 46% at or
above the median on the Florida
Comprehensive Assessment Test.
We also present chemistry magic
shows/demos to about 1000
3rd graders at 8-10 elementary
schools during the academic year.
Q What advice can you offer
those new to the advisor
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A You need lots of patience, perseverance, and good interpersonal
skills when working with chapter
officers. Be a good mentor and
leader but not a dictator; let
students take ownership of the
demos and Kids & Chemistry
activities in conjunction with the
South Florida ACS Section’s NCW
celebration at a local science
museum or mall.
George Fisher, 17 years
Q Is your chapter active in the
recruiting efforts of prospec-
tive students to your univer-
Q Why/how did you become a
A I volunteered because of my
desire to give students more
opportunities to become involved
in ACS, and to promote chemistry
among students in the Barry
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Q How did you celebrate
National Chemistry Week?
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A Every year for NCW our chapter
hosts a chemistry info/display
table 3-4 hours each day in the
Q What is your most successful
Q What is your role as a
A My role is to serve as a mentor
and to give direction and suggestions to officers and members but
let them take charge.