Q: How do you ensure a smooth officer
transition from year to year?
A: Our chapter, The Society of Chemistry Students (SCS), maintains a set of standard
operating procedures and copies of all
documentation created each semester. This
allows for each new set of officers to access
past officer information, making year-to-year officer transitions much easier.
Q: Do you have any unique positions?
A: SCS recently created task force leader
positions. The positions allow for regular
members to participate as leaders of small
groups that work on specific projects or
goals (i.e., local chapter interactions). SCS
recognizes the importance of developing
skills such as leadership, management, and
communication, and these positions allow
for our members to strengthen those skills.
Q: Is your chapter active in efforts to
recruit prospective students to your
A: For at least the past three years during the
fall and spring open house events, SCS officers and members have attended to invite
students to join our chemistry department
and SCS. We also attend other smaller
social events to increase participation
within our organization.
Q: What is your most successful
A: Our chemistry demonstrations events are
very successful, with large attendance, so
we always make a point to talk a little bit
about the chapter and what we do. Normally the chemistry demonstrations spark
an interest in prospective members and
they attend more chapter events once they
see that the organization welcomes those
with a general interest in chemistry, as well
as chemistry majors and minors.
Q: What are some of the interesting ways
your chapter retains its members?
A: Thanks to funding from Aeon Clinical
Laboratories, SCS is able to provide member awards each semester. These awards
include ACS memberships, graduate school
application fee waivers, the Merck Index
for Organic Chemistry Student Award, and
others. Most of these awards are based on
attendance, so our members stay involved
with the organization so that they have a
chance of receiving these awards.
Q: Do you collaborate with other clubs on
campus on activities?
A: Our organization stays in touch with other
clubs such as Society of Physics Students,
Beta Beta Beta, and Mu Epsilon Delta.
Although we don’t always send out a direct
invitation, the officers of these clubs know
that there is always an open invitation to
join SCS during any of our events. These
clubs also extend the same invitation for
SCS to collaborate and join their events.
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Chapter president: Zachary Husk Chapter members: 47 ACS student members: 15
Website: www.facebook.com/groups/17795547856/?fref=ts Institution description: Small, public, suburban, 4-year
Ryan Meier, 1 year
Q: How did you become a faculty
Meier: The previous faculty advisor was
promoted to another position at a different university. I enjoyed being involved
with our chapter in my first year at the
university and thought this would be a
great way to stay involved with the chapter and our students.
Q: What challenges have you
faced in your position?
Meier: The biggest challenges I have
faced stemmed mainly from the fact
that I am only in my second year of
teaching here, and I have had to learn a
lot about our policies and managing the
Q: What has been the most
rewarding aspect of your service
as a faculty advisor?
Meier: Being able to get to know our
majors and chapter members on a more
personal level. I normally only teach
general chemistry and inorganic chem-
istry, so I only see students when they
first enter the program and when they
are finishing. This gives me an opportu-
nity to get to know our students better
throughout their time in our program.
It’s very rewarding to see the students
grow over the years. It has also been
great to see the passion the students
have for chemistry. Each semester, the University of North Georgia chapter provides awards to members, and
because most awards are based on attendance, members are highly involved in chapter activities.