Q: How do you ensure a smooth officer
transition from year to year?
A: The ACS-UPRAg members have the opportunity to present their interests and ideas
that would impact the community in the
next academic year. The members make
a short oral presentation at an organized
chapter assembly at which they are elected
by the members depending on their proposals.
Q: Do you have any unique positions?
If so, what kinds of specialty positions
A: Our chapter integrated as part of our
executive board a Green Chemistry Division.
These include director, assistant director,
and public relations positions. The division
has the mission of educating the community about the Green Chemistry Principles.
These unique positions are elected by our
student chapter members.
Q: In what ways does your chapter give
back to the community?
A: We have been actively working with the
American Cancer Society, Puerto Rico
Chapter. ACS-UPRAg has developed a fundraising sale of T-shirts that would support
the treatment of cancer patients and participated in the March for a Cause: Breast
Cancer in honor of the victims of this type
of cancer. Our group is focused on educating our community about this reality.
Q: How did you celebrate
Celebrate Earth Day?
A: During National Chemistry Week (NCW), we participated in the Festival
de Química at the Paseo
de la Princesa, Old San
Juan, which is open to
the general community.
Here, we communicate
Q: What is your most successful
and educate the commu-
nity about the chemistry
of life, making hands-
on experiments for all
ages. A diverse group of
student chapters and high school Chem-
Clubs from the entire island participated
in this event. Furthermore, our members
participate in community service, dynamic
assemblies, and departmental decoration
for the NCW and Earth Week celebration.
On Earth Day, the members celebrate with
a birthday cake and a Green Chemistry
A: The freshman welcoming activity organized
by the department of natural science is one
of the most successful recruiting events.
An oral presentation is made in which we
present the benefits of being part of our
Q: What is your most successful
fundraiser to date?
A: Our most successful fundraising activity
was the lunch sale. The effective way to
raise funds was by holding a pre-sale for
students, university administrators, and
the faculty of each department from our
Q: Is there anything else you want
the readers of inChemistry to know
about your chapter?
A: This year, 2012–2013, our chapter is cel-
University of Puerto Rico
ebrating its 10th anniversary. Our chapter
has always been distinguished because in
our university there is no chemistry depart-
ment, only a natural science department,
which means that all of us are in the biol-
ogy or environmental technology area. This
makes the perfect combination, making the
chemistry of life. We have always been very
energetic, dynamic, and very distinguished
as an excellent chapter, which leads to
at Aguadilla Aguadilla, PR
Chapter president: Eva I. Gordián-Rivera Number of chapter members: 126 Number of ACS student members: 126
Brenda J. Ramos-Santos, 6 years
www.facebook.com/acs.uprag Institution description: Large, public, rural, 4-year institution
Q: Why/how did you become a
Ramos-Santos: I developed a real passion
for the mission and vision of the ACS
ever since my undergraduate years. As a
faculty member, when I started to work
at the Aguadilla campus, I was involved
immediately with the student chapter
and their advisor. I became a faculty advisor of the student chapter as soon as
their advisor at that time started a sabbatical period.
Q: What challenges have you faced
in your position?
Ramos-Santos: One of the biggest challenges is managing my time between
teaching diverse courses and following
through with my advisor responsibilities. As an advisor, I am more than just a
professor. The students see me as a counselor. It is really challenging to try to help
them in a wise way, listening to them
and figuring out how best to guide them.
Q: What has been the most
rewarding aspect of your service as
a faculty advisor?
Ramos-Santos: The most rewarding is
receiving love, friendship, and care from
my students. Developing great professional and extraordinary human beings
with the capacity to lead and serve others. When a student tells you how important your motivation and guidance is, it is
an extraordinary feeling.
Last year, the UPR Aguadilla chapter celebrated its 10th anniversary. Unlike most ACS student chapters, its membership is
comprised of biology and environmental technology majors.