ter members designed a chemistry stole (including buckyballs
and a nuclear decay cartoon!) that was presented as a gift to
all chemistry graduates as a way to recognize their outstanding
achievements during their short time together.
istry students to see each step of a calculation,
develop problem-solving skills, and, so the hope
goes, struggle less with homework and do better
on chemistry exams.
yes, it’s possible to achieve all three simultaneously!
Becoming an aCS student chapter member should be fun
and engaging, so why not plan service activities that also function as social events? the California State University Fresno
(CSu) chapter hosted a “Meet your professor Series” to enhance
the relationship between students and faculty. the series allowed
students to participate in chemistry activities and discussions
outside the typical classroom environment. the chapter achieved
its goal of breaking down formal classroom barriers by hosting
a night to watch the tV show “CSI” with an analytical/forensics
professor. the chemistry department chair also participated in
the “Meet your professor Series” by hosting a “Chemistry of
Cooking” barbecue in his home. Since this service experience
was successful, the chapter hopes to expand upon the concept
and encourage other departments to take advantage of the
“Meet your professor Series” idea for their own students.
mal meetings to ensure that chapter members enjoy their
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Many aCS student chapters try to conduct more infor-
Chemistry isn’t an easy discipline; some students need more
study time, while others may prefer to have a few chemistry
lessons outside of the classroom to stay on top of their course
material. to meet these needs, many aCS chapters offer chemistry tutoring as a service to both the students and their department. a tutoring service is one of the fundamental (and less
costly) ways for chapters to provide department service.
RPI chapter members created instructional videos for the general chemistry
the student chapter at the University of Southern Indiana
(uSI) in evansville took the concept a step further by piloting a
mentoring program called CheMentors. the program began by
asking students interested in becoming mentors to apply. once
approved, each student mentor was paired with a freshman
interested in majoring in chemistry. after mentors and mentees
were introduced at an initial meeting, they stayed in contact
with each other individually, as needed. Mentors provided
information about classes offered by the chemistry department,
and also suggested studying tips and strategies for approaching
professors for advice.
In addition, the uSI chapter compiled a guidebook that oriented new chemistry majors to their department and invited
them to the first aCS chapter meeting of the year. their
“Beginner’s Survival Guide for Chemistry Classes” offered tips
and guidelines for succeeding as a chemistry major at uSI as
well as department information, biographies and photos of faculty members, contact information, and a list of the benefits of
becoming a student member of aCS.
Chapter members at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (rpI) in
troy, ny, are creating a series of instructional supplements for
the Chemistry I courses offered on their campus. the group has
created powerpoint presentations and videos that map out conceptual frameworks and applications — specifically for students
in the introductory class. these resources will enable rpI chem-
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Above: This wall mural in the chemistry department was created by members of
the University of South Alabama chapter.
Below: The Utica College chapter designed a chemistry stole for graduating