Chemistry on Campus
can Make an Impact hrough Department and campus Service 11
How Student chapters
By nicoLe di FaBio
What haS your Chapter done for your department or college lately? If you’re looking for ideas, there are plenty of ways to get started. as undergraduate students and chapter members, you have great potential for contributing in positive ways — and impacting both current and future
chemistry students, as well as your entire campus community.
department and campus service is one of the essential categories recorded in student chapter annual reports, thanks
to its huge potential for impact. By planning and executing
activities and events, you can help your chapter gain visibility
and increase awareness among students and faculty regarding
your approachability, accessibility, intensity, and commitment
to chemistry. this, in turn, could lead to an increase in chapter
membership — and more motivated people to help reach your
chapter goals. perhaps the impact on your department or campus will extend even further and have a positive effect for years
Compiled here are some suggestions for service ideas and
some examples of chapters that contributed service, in large and
small ways, to increase the vitality of their campuses.
Increasing visibility and engagement
last year, chapter members at the University of South
Alabama in Mobile made a big statement (literally) by painting
a periodic table wall mural in the chemistry building on campus.
the group dedicated an entire weekend to creating this piece so
that fellow students could see the finished product when they
returned to classes Monday morning.
the members of the Morgan State University chapter in
Baltimore, Md, increased their visibility and served their cam-
pus community by holding a “demo day.” the event enabled
students to experience and engage with chemistry in ways not
normally found in a general chemistry course.
the student chapter at Utica College in new york made quite
a few strides this past year — including increasing its chapter
membership. Simultaneously (and perhaps not coincidentally),
the number of students graduating with degrees in chemistry at
utica College doubled. to recognize all of these successes, chap-