Q: Do you have any unique positions?
A: Two juniors serve as Juniors-at-Large.
Having this position ensures that the juniors
are part of the chapter governance and that
their voice is heard, especially as the officers
make budget decisions in late February and
early March before the new officers are
elected for the next year. Over the past few
years, we have found that our governing
body in the Denison Chemical Society (DCS)
has been composed mostly of senior chemistry and biochemistry students. While this
is typically not a problem throughout the
year, near the end of the year as the seniors
are finishing up their senior theses and
heading toward graduation, transitioning
responsibilities to the junior class can be
Q: Do you collaborate with other
clubs on campus on activities?
A: We have collaborated with other campus
organizations to hold science exploration
days on campus for area kids. This year for
Make a Difference Day, we are collaborating
with the Service Learning Center to put on a
program that brings Girl and Boy Scouts to
campus to get them excited about going to
college someday. DCS will be doing chemistry demonstrations to get the kids who
participate excited about science, especially
Q: What is your most successful
fundraiser to date?
A: Our most successful fundraiser is the
Q: Has your chapter recently had
annual Mole-a-thon, which takes place
around October 23 every year. Each Denison
participant pays $5 ($10 for non-Denison
students) to run 6.02 km in celebration of
Mole Day and to promote an active life-
style, with all proceeds going toward the
ACS Scholars Fund. On average, we have
30–40 participants, with interest growing
every year. Chemistry-related prizes are also
awarded for top-place finishers.
any fun social events?
A: One of our big events at the beginning of
the year is called Chem Bash, a big dinner
catered for the entire department by one of
the local restaurants. This event is meant
to help faculty and students build relationships outside of the classroom while they
enjoy delicious food. Leftovers at this event
are very rare!
Q: Have any members of your chapter
attended recent ACS regional, national,
or local section meetings?
A: Eight of our members who perform research
at Denison attended the 2012 ACS spring
national meeting and presented posters at
the undergraduate poster session. This was
an incredible experience! It was amazing to
see and meet so many other undergraduate
presenters from all over the country. It
was also very helpful to talk to graduate
students about their work and experiences,
as well as to attend talks by professors on
such a wide range of topics! Everyone who
went agreed that the ACS meeting was
Q: Describe a special project the chapter
recently did or is now doing.
A: We are currently working with a local
science museum — The Works, in Newark,
OH — to put on a chemistry show as part
of their STEM programming, “Science
Sunday.” We will have a full hour to do our
presentation, and our chapter is working on
the demonstrations and curriculum for this
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Chapter president: Annelise Thompson Number of chapter members: 30 Number of ACS student members: 6
Institution description: Small, private, rural, 4-year
Joseph Reczek, 4 years
Q: How did you become
a faculty advisor?
Reczek: I asked my department for
the opportunity. I believe in helping
to encourage and empower students
toward having a positive impact on the
community, and in sharing my passion
for chemistry as a force for good (and
fun!) in our society.
Q: What has been the most
rewarding aspect of your
service as a faculty advisor?
Reczek: By far the most rewarding
aspect has been watching students
respond to our increased outreach
efforts. Our enrollment has increased
as word of our outreach activities has
spread, and we regularly get over a
dozen volunteers for our events working
with local kids. It is extremely rewarding
to watch DCS students getting engaged
in these ways.
Q: What advice can you offer
those new to the advisor position?
Reczek: Challenge your students to find
ways to engage with their college and
local community. There are many low-
cost options for interacting with primary
school students, and the impact can be
truly substantial for all involved! Each year around October 23, DCS chapter members participate in and organize an annual
Mole-a-thon, and all proceeds are donated to the ACS Scholars Fund.