The University of
Texas at Dallas
Chapter president: Martin K. Huynh
Number of chapter members: 52
Number of ACS student members:
Institution environment/composi-tion: Large, public, suburban,
Q How do you ensure a smooth
officer transition from year
A We have our elections soon after
the spring semester begins, usually around February. Outgoing
seniors can focus on final projects
and graduate school affairs while
new officers can get accustomed
to their positions with the guidance and support of the outgoing
courtesy of university of texas at dallas
Q Do you collaborate with
other campus clubs on
A We work with pre-health organizations by sharing speakers from
medical schools who talk about
research, the choice between M.D.
and Ph.D. programs, admissions,
etc. We also help the service fra-ternities with their annual math
and science camps for elementary
students by leading all of the
Q What is your most successful
fund-raiser to date?
A Our goggle sale happens at the
beginning of each semester. We
also sell shirts, pens, organic reaction tables, and other necessities
for students at cheaper prices
than the campus bookstores.
Q Do you have any unique or
A We have a social chair that is
responsible for fall and spring
barbecues, the homecoming competition, the spring banquet, and
broomball games with faculty and
graduate students. Our university
also has a Student Organization
Forum (SOF), and we have two
representatives who attend SOF
meetings, help register the organization each semester, and keep
us updated on university rules
regarding student organizations.
John W. Sibert, IV, 7 years
Q How do you retain members
from year to year?
A We have meetings that cater to
the diverse career paths of our
members: professors who talk
about undergraduate research and
graduate school, medical school
officials who talk about admissions and research, and campus
supplemental instruction officials
who talk about peer-led tutoring or other on-campus teaching
opportunities. We also involve
the membership in planning and
implementing a wide range of
Q What types of activities do
A Our signature service event is
Kids in Chemistry Day, where we
invite 100 local fifth graders to
the UTD labs to do experiments,
view demos, have lunch, and then
dump slime all over our faculty
advisor or an unlucky officer! Each
semester we also play broomball
games that pit undergraduate
students against faculty and their
Q What challenges have you
faced in your position?
A Involving the full membership in
as many activities as possible and
maintaining relevance/engage-ment by continuing to evolve
activities and develop new ones
(i.e., not resting on our laurels).
Q In what ways does your
chapter give back to the
A We have a strong tradition of
performing demos and teaching
experiments (slime, paper chromatography, etc.) to elementary
and middle school children, Boy
Scouts, and other youth groups.
We have created portable kits
that contain all of the materials,
equipment, and procedures for
hands-on experiments that can be
delivered to elementary schools.
We have also been involved in
off-campus science events at the
Dallas Museum of Science and
Nature, local libraries, and Texas
Instruments. Last but not least,
we judge local science fairs in
conjunction with local politicians,
engineers, and scientists.
Q What has been the most
rewarding aspect of your
service as a faculty advisor?
A Watching the development of the
members as people and students.
In addition, I enjoy seeing the
genuine happiness of the younger
“scientists” that we engage in our
community activities; we validate
their natural curiosity in the world
We have developed a Facebook page,
complete with group and fan pages.
Student members can access this page
to learn about happenings at acS,
view pictures from meeting events,
and network with other student mem-
bers nationwide. Just look up audley
“UNDeRGRaDPRoGRaMS” burke in the
search box and send us a friend request.
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Q What advice can you offer
those new to the advisor
A Create an environment of possibilities for the members such that
creative proposals for a range of
activities are supported. The next
step is to ADVISE by helping make
the proposed activities happen,
but NOT directing the activities.
Saying “Yes, you can” to the students instead of “No, you can’t”
means more work — but also
more rewards! iC