STEP 3. BE CREATIVE
Creative events call for creative designs. Do you sponsor an
annual holiday party for your chemistry department? If so, you
could create an engaging, winter-themed poster by drawing
hydrogen bonding in the shape of a snowflake. Scan the draw-
ing to Microsoft Word, add the title of the event, date, time, and
place, and there you have it: a chemistry-themed holiday flyer!
Perhaps you’re sponsoring a potluck dinner around Thanksgiv-
ing. What better way to observe Thanksgiving than by celebrating
food chemistry? Indeed, you could create an amusing flyer that
depicts chemicals you would expect to see at the potluck, such
as beta-carotene (found in carrots), sucrose (in desserts), and
tryptophan (in turkey). Feel free to top off the flyer with a border
of carbohydrates (found in stuffing). Most of these molecules are
available on Google Images.
Does your organization hold game nights every now and
again? Why not call them Probability Parties instead? (After all,
technically they are.) Add some “quantum chemistry humor” to
your advertising by inserting a large Ψ2 into your flyer.
Recruitment pizza parties are enjoyable in themselves, but providing each party with a unique theme makes them even more
special. For example, last fall The College of New Jersey (TCNJ’s)
ACS student chapter hosted a “Cu Te” recruitment pizza party,
where ACS student members handed out paper “Cu Te” coupons
(which spelled out the word “Cu Te” with the symbols for copper
and tellurium) to the college community at a club fair. Students
then turned in their coupons at ACS student chapter meetings
to get free wallet-sized periodic tables and slices of pizza. Chapter members also sponsored a “Colors of Chemistry” pizza party
recruitment event, at which chemistry crayons and pizza were
distributed. Recruitment parties like these are a great way to get
the name of your ACS student chapter out there, spread chemistry awareness, and meet new members!
STEP 4. ADVERTISE, ADVERTISE, ADVERTISE!
You’ve designed your flyer… and now it’s time to distribute it.
Some colleges or universities require you to clear all of your
flyers with a student activities board before distribution. After
approval, print your flyer! Most universities have heavy-duty
printers located in the library and possibly in the chemistry
department. If you’re limited to black-and-white copies, consider printing on colored paper. Print enough copies to cover the
chemistry building, and perhaps other areas at your university
that have a lot of student traffic. Because hanging up posters
can be a time-consuming and exhausting task, it’s a good idea
to divide up the posters among your student members for posting and handing out.
But why stop at paper flyers when there are many virtual venues in which to advertise your event as well? Create a screenshot
or PDF of your flyer and upload it to your ACS student chapter’s
Facebook page and website. If your organization has a Twitter
account, you can even send the flyer as a tweet to your followers.
The ideas are endless! Just be creative and have fun with it!
Marisa Sanders is a senior at The College of New Jersey
(Ewing). She is an associate member of the Younger
Chemists Committee and previously served as the
president of The College of New Jersey’s ACS student
SCA’s 2 Annual
When: Wed, Sept 12
Time: 12:30 PM
(Chemistry Building Basement)
FREE Chemistry Crayons!
Sponsored by TCNJ’s Student Chemists Association.
Free Pizza, cool scenery!
Sponsored by TCNJ’s Student Chemists Association (SCA)
inChemistry • www.acs.org/undergrad
Monday, November 19
Sign-ups to bring a dish are in the Chemistry office
Hosted by TCNJ’s Student Chemists Association.
Like SCA on Facebook! http://www.facebook.com/tcnjsca
Bring this coupon to SCA’s PIZZA PART Y on Wednesday, September 14th at 12:30 PM in P319
to receive a
FREE WALLET-SIZED PERIODIC TABLE OF ELEMENTS.
Want more? “Like” TCNJ’s Students Chemists Association on Facebook!