Q: How did you celebrate National
Chemistry Week (NCW)?
A: For NCW, we ran a wide variety of events.
This year we chalked sidewalks, painted the
university’s large “Spirit Rocks,” and helped
run an event at a local science museum.
We also held a bake sale where we gave
away pom-pom moles (for Mole Day!), held
a general meeting with a speaker on nanotechnology, and had a BBQ social.
Q: What is your most successful
A: During the summer, when the university
has its freshman orientation sessions,
we set up a booth and drum up interest
for our chapter by performing demos and
handing out informative leaflets.
Q: What are your most popular or unique
A: We invite chemists to give career-centered
presentations. We also invite professors
to play the ice sport “broomball” with our
members. Broomball is an annual event
that occurs before students have their
finals and is a fun way for students to bond
Q: Do you collaborate on activities
with other clubs on campus?
A: We often collaborate with other service
organizations such as
Alpha Phi Omega (APO)
and other fraternities
during Scholars’ Day,
which is the university’s
open house for prospective students. We help
run APO’s annual Math
and Science Camp, where
we teach four classes of
elementary and middle
school students. The
classes usually consist of
a short chemistry lesson
followed by a demonstration. Also, as part of a
simple lesson on polymer
cross-linkers, we let the
students make their own
slime to take home.
Q: What local ACS student chapters
have you collaborated with?
A: Our most recent collaboration with other
ACS chapters occurred during NCW. We
worked with other universities to host an
event for children and teens at the Fort
Worth Science Museum. The event’s theme
was nanotechnology; we held demonstrations and created hands-on activities for
kids that showcased the importance of
nanotechnology in the real world.
Q: What is your most successful
fundraiser to date?
A: Each year we sell lab supplies to students to
raise money. Our most successful sale was
this year, when we sold over 900 pairs of
safety goggles! We also experimented with
selling combination locks and composition
notebooks (both required for labs) for the
first time; our trial inventory quickly sold
out, and we intend to carry full inventories
of both items next semester.
Q: Describe a challenge your chapter
recently overcame and how
members overcame it.
A: While running our fall fundraiser, there was
a shortage of safety glasses to sell while
we waited for more to arrive in the mail.
To keep up with demand, we decided to
Q: What careers-related events
drive to local stores and buy all the safety
glasses we could find. Although our profit
margins were slim on these purchases,
the extra effort allowed us to keep making
sales and providing students with vital lab
does your chapter do?
A: We often invite industry experts to speak to
our membership. Last year we had general
meetings with a representative from the
university’s Career Center and the Society
of Cosmetic Chemists. We also held a “Get
a Job” meeting, where representatives from
Kaplan Test Prep, a local tutoring service,
and an on-campus tutor employer talked
about the employment opportunities their
companies offered. This semester we held
a general meeting with the chief scientific
officer of Mary Kay.
Q: Is there anything else you want
the readers of inChemistry to
know about your chapter?
A: We are always excited to take on new projects; please contact us if you’re interested
in working with our organization!
University of Texas
at Dallas Richardson, TX
COMPILED BY ROBIN LINDSEY
Chapter president: Michael Kraft Number of chapter members: 77 Number of ACS student members: 12
Website: www.facebook.com/csaatutd Institution description: Large, public, suburban, 4-year
Kenneth J. Balkus, Jr., 1 year
Q: Why/how did you become
a faculty advisor?
Balkus: I have been working with undergraduates for 25 years, including a few
years as undergraduate advisor. When
the position became available, I volunteered.
Q: What has been the most
rewarding aspect of your service
as a faculty advisor?
Balkus: The chapter’s success is my
reward. It was fun to see the students
accept their Outstanding Chapter award
at the 245th ACS National Meeting in
UTD chapter members pose with their Outstanding Student
Chapter award at the 245th ACS National Meeting in New
September/October 2013 www.acs.org/undergrad • inChemistry