Q: How do you ensure a smooth officer
transition from year to year?
A: After the new board has been elected, we
have a transition meeting with the old and
new board members. The new board members also shadow the old board members so
that they can see exactly what their position
entails and what kind of responsibilities they
Q: In what ways does your chapter
give back to the community?
A: Our chapter participated in our school’s first
Hunger Week. We also hosted a discussion
about genetically modified organisms and
their practicality and effectiveness in ending
world hunger. Members also collected donations for our school’s food drive, and judged
science fair presentations at local middle
Q: What is your most successful
A: We are co-affiliated as an ACS chapter and as
Q: What is your most popular
a Society of Physics Students club, so we can
target students who are interested in either
field. Our members are not required to be
either a chemistry or physics major to join,
but must simply have a passion for science!
We visit our chemistry and physics classes
during the first few weeks of school to talk
about our chapter’s activities. Members also
do fun science demos and recruit new mem-
bers at our school’s annual Quad Day.
or unique chapter activity?
A: Our members’ favorite event this year was
“Who’s Got the Chemistry?” Members
paired up with friends or significant others
and participated in a game show similar
to The Newlywed Game. Our members had
a lot of fun playing, and we even offered a
prize to the couple who earned the most
Q: What types of activities do
A: We hosted several speakers this year,
including speakers from Argonne
National Laboratory and Northwestern
University. One of our main goals is to
prepare our students professionally, so
we host résumé help sessions and mock
interviews. We also have an annual
Periodic Table of Cupcakes fundraiser,
sponsor a Marshmallow Challenge, and
make ice cream with rock salt!
COMPILED BY ROBIN LINDSEY
Chapter president: Sree Bodepudi Chapter members: 27 ACS student members: 16
Website: www.benuscience.org/physics/acs-sps-club.php Institution description: Small, private, suburban, 4-year
Kari Stone, 4 years
Andrew Wig serves as the
physics faculty advisor.
Q: Why/how did you
become a faculty advisor?
Stone: We typically rotate the task of
serving as faculty advisor for the chapter within the chemistry department.
I have been serving in this capacity for
almost my whole time at Benedictine
University, and have been very proud of
the work and accomplishments of our
students. I simply sit back and let them
Q: What challenges have
you faced in your position?
Stone: Because students are so busy
with other things in their lives, sometimes there are breakdowns of communication between students and faculty
Q: What has been the most
rewarding aspect of your
service as a faculty advisor?
Stone: The students have given the
chapter a life of its own. I serve to mentor and advise, but the chapter really
belongs to them. They decide which
activities to do and when to meet, and
also hold their own elections.
Q: What advice can you offer
those new to the advisor position?
Stone: Relax and let the students take
ownership. The students will do great
things when they feel as though they
are moving the ship. The Benedictine University chapter offers its members résumé help sessions and mock inter-
views to help them prepare for the professional world that awaits them after graduation.