COMPILED BY CHRIS ZEIGLER
Chapter president: Christine Dunne Number of chapter members: 60 Number of ACS student members: 35
Institution description: Large, private, urban, 4-year
Q: Do you have any unique positions?
members also volunteer to be mentors to
the incoming students, which helps engage
the students while providing them with an
upperclassman who can assist them with
their transition to the university lifestyle.
A: A position that we added last year is that
of historian. This position was a beneficial
addition to our executive board, because it
resulted in better organization of our digital
Q: What are your most popular
or unique chapter activities?
Q: What is your most successful
A: Our chapter enjoys site tours of labs or pharmaceutical companies in the greater Boston
area, which is home to multiple chemistry
R&D sites. Some of our past site tours
include the facilities of the MI T Nuclear
Reactor Laboratory, Amgen, and Warner
A: The mentor program is our most successful
recruiting method. That said, our liquid
nitrogen ice cream social (held at the beginning of the year) helps engage the students,
Q: What are some interesting ways your
chapter recruits/retains members?
Q: Do you collaborate with other
clubs on campus on activities?
A: We participate in student welcome nights
that incorporate majors from both the
science and engineering departments. Our
on-campus activities (specifically our liquid
nitrogen ice cream social and Earth Day
flower planting) are open to all students
from a variety of clubs. In the future, we
are hoping to advertise speakers and activities with other organizations more widely
throughout the university.
A: We engage the students by holding monthly
events, which include apple picking, sports
events, snow tubing, and amusement park
trips. Attendance at these events is optional,
but provides good bonding experiences for
students who participate.
Q: In what ways does your chapter give
back to the community?
Q: Is your chapter active
A: We volunteer at a soup kitchen in downtown Boston, an activity held once a week
at a local church. A more unusual activity
involved compiling “molecular Lego” sets for
public schools in the Boston area. We also
participated as judges in a local science fair.
A: Our chapter
Members of our
chapter attend all
of the Welcome
Monthly social events offered by the Northeastern University chapter
provide excellent opportunities for members to bond.
PHOTO COURTESY OF NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY
Q: What is your most effective
communication tool for
promoting chapter activities?
A: E-mail is our go-to communication tool;
we send one out each week to members,
highlighting upcoming activities and
Kathleen Cameron, 1 year
Q: What challenges have you
faced in your position?
Cameron: My challenges are unique. I
have a number of roles in the department: co-op coordinator, academic
advisor, persistence officer, coordinator
of the peer tutor program, and faculty
evaluator. As a result, I find it difficult to
dedicate the time I would like to participating in our weekly meetings.
Q: What has been the most
rewarding aspect of your service
as a faculty advisor?
Cameron: Getting to know the students
on the executive board and in the group.
The executive board is made up of a
group of exceptional students who plan
innovative meetings, bring in dynamic
speakers, and plan events all over the
state. They are hardworking and friendly,
and it has been a pleasure to work with
them and get to know them. I also enjoy
spending time with the students at
events (apple picking, snow tubing, etc.)
outside of the academic environment.
Q: What advice can you offer
those new to the advisor position?
Cameron: Attend as much as possible!
The students are planning terrific events
that can be beneficial to faculty and staff
too! It’s also wonderful to get to know
the students you work with in a relaxed