look at the responsibilities that different types of chemists have. The inquiry isn’t unidirectional, though. Site visits also give local companies a chance to meet the newest class of chemists and promote their companies, internships, and job positions. At CSU East Bay, student members visited Bayer, enabling them to build connections with valuable resources for future internships or job positions. After the
Carroll University (Waukesha, WI) chapter tour of Aldrich Chemi-
cal, many members quickly applied to their undergraduate pro-
grams, and at least one member was able to parlay this experience
and the contacts made into a job following graduation.
The spirited trip
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Maybe just as important as networking, though, is the opportunity
for chapter members to spend time together as a group away from
campus. Field trips to breweries, wineries, and— in the case of the
University of Puerto Rico-Humacao— the Bacardi rum distillery
give students who are nearing the end of their undergraduate
careers a chance to relax and enjoy their colleagues— and chemis-
try at work in the “real world.”
The student members of Indiana University-Purdue Univer-
sity Indianapolis (IUPUI) toured the Fountain Square Brewery.
“I reached out to a few local breweries and found Fountain Square
to be a great fit, as the owner had a background in microbiology
and chemistry,” says Tomas Meijome, chapter president. The
student members got a private tour in which they observed the
brewery’s microbiological techniques that ensure optimal chemi-
cal conditions in their microbrews, and also got a peek
at the brewing laboratory on site.
The student members at Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge) also toured a local brewery and
prepared for the trip by watching the ACS webinar
“Tapping into the Chemistry of Beer and Brewing”
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A bit of history
Local historic sites and graveyards might not be the
most obvious choices for a field trip, but they often
have a wealth of interesting knowledge to share. At
Mercer University (Macon,
GA), students joined a
local historian on a tour
of a local graveyard. The
historian regaled the students with stories about
the role of chemistry in
Macon 150 years ago,
highlighting how doctors,
builders, and entrepreneurs all used chemistry.
When the chapter members at Messiah College
travelled to the Joseph
Priestley House in Northumberland, PA, they
learned a great deal, not
only about his pioneering
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LEFT: UTM chapter president Gilbert J. Forgays under the
influence of the Van de Graaf electrostatic generator at
the AMSE in Energy in Oak Ridge, TN.
TOP: UTM students exploring exhibits at the AMSE.
CENTER: IUPUI students receiving a private our of the
Fountain Square Brewery (Indianapolis, IN) , including the
on-site brewing laboratory.
BOTTOM: Group photo of the UTM participants in the
Oak Ridge tour of the Y- 12 History Center and the AMSE.
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OF TENNESSEE AT MARTIN
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