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campus, it advertises the chapter
and helps bring in new members.
get freshmen and sophomores
interested in research.
Chapter president: Ethan Nichols
Number of chapter members: 35
Number of ACS student members: 5
composition: Small, public, suburban, 4-year institution
Q How do you retain members
from year to year?
A We try to engage the members
of the chapter in regular and
frequent activities, such as fund-raisers, demonstrations for NCW,
and meetings with guest speakers.
Q What innovative methods of
communication are used?
A We have recently started a
Facebook page for the chapter and
we are using it to keep members
and other students informed about
upcoming events and activities.
When the new officers aren’t sure
what to do, I try to remind them
of what has worked in previous
Q How do you ensure a smooth
officer transition from year
A We elect our officers each
February, and they serve as
“officers elect” until the current
officers step down a few months
later in May. By shadowing the
outgoing officers before they take
office, the new officers learn their
responsibilities and how to be
effective in their positions.
Q What has been the most
rewarding aspect of your
service as a faculty advisor?
A I have enjoyed helping the students get interested in chemistry
and science, and share their interest with the community.
Q How have you “Put a Human
Face on Chemistry”?
A Each year during National
Chemistry Week (NCW) we perform simple and entertaining
chemistry demonstrations for
elementary school students at the
local natural science museum,
including some interactive
hands-on activities. Our goal is to
promote an interest in chemistry
and science in our community,
especially among young students.
Q What advice can you offer
those new to the advisor
courtesy of Winthrop university
A I try to let the students run the
show as much as possible. I only
get involved with the business
side of things if there is a problem, or they need a liaison with
other parts of the university.
Q What are your most popular
or unique chapter activities?
A In the spring, we make and sell
liquid nitrogen ice cream at a busy
area of campus as a fund-raiser
and to promote awareness of the
organization. Students also really
enjoy interacting with the elementary school students during our
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Q What are some of the inter-
esting ways your chapter
recruits its members?
A We send e-mails to all chemistry
majors inviting them to our first
meeting each semester, where we
usually serve pizza and soft drinks.
In addition, we post flyers in the
chemistry building to advertise the
chapter and upcoming events and
meetings. In recent years, we have
also created chemistry-themed
T-shirts that we sell as fund-raisers; as an added benefit, when
students wear the T-shirts around
Q Why/how did you become a
A When I first came to the university, I started attending the chapter
meetings. My involvement at the
meetings led to my volunteering
to become the advisor.
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Q What professional development
activities do you sponsor?
A At the beginning of each fall, we
organize a poster session where
students who have completed
summer research can share their
experiences and results, show off
what they have learned, and help
Q What challenges have you
faced in your position?
A The biggest challenges have probably been keeping the chapter
active and organized from year to
year. Each year brings new officers
with different levels of interest,
energy, and leadership ability.