Q: How do you ensure a smooth officer
transition from year to year?
A: We hold elections each spring, and our
new officers shadow officers finishing their
term for the remaining four weeks of the
Q: In what ways does your chapter give
back to the community?
A: We provide tutoring for students in the
chemistry department, lead tours of the
chemistry department, do chemical demonstrations for high school students, and
serve as judges at the Southern Connecticut
Regional Science and Engineering Fair.
Q: What methods are used to attract
students to your activities?
A: Our chapter hosts an annual seminar
speaker. This event is free to the public, and
we provide light refreshments. Last year we
hosted a seminar on global warming, led by
a local meteorologist.
Q: What methods do you use to retain
members from year to year?
A: Our student chapter pays ACS membership
dues for our members. We provide pizza and
drinks at every other
meeting, and design
T-shirts with a chemistry theme for members every year. Other
activities that have
kept members interested include bowling
against the other science clubs and visiting
a local brewery.
Q: What is your
fundraiser to date?
A: Goggle and notebook
Q: Describe any fun social events your
sales have been very
for several years. We
visit chemistry lectures
and labs during the
first two weeks of the
semester to make sales. We buy these items
in bulk and sell them for half the price that
the university bookstore charges, while still
making a decent profit.
chapter recently had.
A: We went bowling with other SCSU science
clubs. We are also planning basketball and
softball games against the chemistry faculty
and a visit to the University of Connecticut
chapter. Every year our chapter participates
in the department’s repast, a social dinner where we reserve a portion of a local
restaurant. During this event, chemistry
faculty give awards such as the top student
in organic, analytical, inorganic, and physical chemistry, as well as the top graduating
senior, top graduate student, and the student with the most positive outlook on life.
Q: Describe a challenge your chapter
recently faced and how members
overcame the challenge.
A: Recently our university raised requirements
Q: Describe a special project the chapter
for obtaining semester funding. We divided
the extra work among chapter officers. Our
vice president, treasurer, and secretary did a
great job in contacting the university repre-
sentatives to ensure the new requirements
recently did or is now doing.
A: Members are especially excited to play
pickup basketball against the chemistry
Q: If your chapter has recently attended
an ACS regional, national, or local
section meeting, how did members
A: Many members visited NERM 2013, which
was held right here in New Haven. We
enjoyed seeing the many different research
projects that occur across the nation’s universities, as well as how many chemists are
involved in the ACS. It opened our members’
eyes to how much the ACS has to offer for
New Haven, CT
COMPILED BY ROBIN LINDSEY
Chapter president: Evan Turek Chapter members: 15–20 ACS student members: 8
Institution description: Small, public, suburban, 4-year
Adiel Coca, 4 years
Q: Why did you become a faculty
Coca: I enjoy interacting with students
and there is no better way than this
Q: What has been the most
rewarding aspect of your service
as a faculty advisor?
Coca: I particularly enjoy getting to
know students better by attending
chapter social events.
Q: What advice can you offer
those new to the advisor position?
Coca: Make sure the chapter has a
smooth transition from year to year.
Encourage new officers to learn
from outgoing officers before they
The SCSU chapter uses a variety of methods to increase atten-
dance at chapter meetings, including providing free food, paying
ACS membership dues, and designing and providing member
T-shirts each year.