Q: How do you ensure a smooth officer
transition from year to year?
A: We train younger members as executive
board apprentices. The semester prior to
their official nomination, they sit in on
executive board meetings and help make
decisions for the chapter. This allows
the apprentices to learn from the executive board and become more involved in
Q: How did you celebrate National
Chemistry Week (NCW)?
A: For NCW, our chapter volunteers at the
Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh and
demonstrates various experiments to
elementary through high school students,
such as hydrogen rockets, ferrofluids, and
properties of micelles. To spread awareness
of NCW on campus, we sell hot dogs, drinks,
and cupcakes decorated as the periodic
table to other students as a fundraiser and
play “Human Whack-A-Mole” where both
students and professors act as the “moles”
in a real-life game. This year, we raised
approximately $300 through this event.
Q: In what ways does your chapter give
back to the community?
A: Outreach is one of our chapter’s highest
Q: What is your most popular chapter
priorities; we realize that it is just as impor-
tant to give back to the community and
teach younger kids about science as it is to
earn a worthwhile education for ourselves.
In addition to volunteering at the Carnegie
Science Center, we visit a local elementary
school to teach a science lesson to 3rd
grade students, and we sponsor a local ACS
High School ChemClub.
A: Pi Day is one of our chapter’s favorite events.
In addition to selling a complete periodic
table of cupcakes, we hold a Pie Your Professor contest. Professors from the department
of chemistry and biochemistry volunteer to
be pied, and then students vote on which
professors will be pied. The three professors
with the most votes get pied by a student on
Academic Walk at exactly 3: 14 p.m.
Q: What local ACS student chapters have
you collaborated with?
A: Thanks to a Student Inter-Chapter Relations
Grant from the ACS, Duquesne sponsored
PuRSUE (Pittsburgh Regional Seminar for
Undergraduate Excellence). This seminar
series was held monthly and featured
undergraduate students from local universities who presented their scientific
research to peers, graduate students, and
faculty. Not only did this event give undergrads the opportunity to practice presenting their research, but PuRSUE also acted as
a foundation for furthering collaboration
among local universities.
Q: What is your most successful
fundraiser to date?
A: At the beginning of each new school year,
we sell modeling kits, lab coats, goggles,
and lab notebooks to incoming freshmen.
Not only is this a valuable fundraiser for our
chapter, but the items are sold at a reduced
price compared with the campus bookstore
to assist students. This fundraiser helps us
to sponsor other outreach events and chapter activities throughout the year. This year’s
sales raised approximately $1000.
COMPILED BY ROBIN LINDSEY
Chapter presidents: Sarah Kochanek and Sarah Richards Chapter members: 89 ACS student members: 87
Website: www.duq.edu/acs Institution description: Small, private, urban, 4-year
Jeffrey D. Evanseck, 6 years
Ellen S. Gawalt, 1 year
Paul G. Johnson, 25 years
Q: What challenges have you
faced as faculty advisors?
Evanseck: There is definitely a learning
curve on how to harness the creativity
and energy of the students. It takes significant effort to build an effective core
of motivated and directed students;
however, once it is formed, then the
process is easy.
Q: What has been the most
rewarding aspect of your service
as a faculty advisor?
Evanseck: Beyond any doubt, the
success of the students is the most
rewarding aspect of being ACS faculty
Q: What advice can you offer
those new to the advisor
Evanseck: If your institution values
undergraduate education and professional preparation, then definitely get
involved and make the effort to create
an active ACS chapter. It will initially
take effort, but is well worth it in the
Recent Duquesne University community outreach events include performing chemical demon-
strations at the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh, teaching a science lesson to 3rd grade
students, and sponsoring an ACS High School ChemClub.