Q: How do you ensure a smooth officer
transition from year to year?
A: To ensure that new officers are prepared for
their duties and the members are adjusted
to new leadership, we practice a members-at-large program. These individuals shadow
current officers and help them with the
tasks that come with running the chapter
(organizing community service events, hosting fundraisers, hosting meetings with faculty, etc.). By doing so, our future officers are
better prepared for their positions.
Q: Do you have any unique positions?
A: Our organization’s senator attends university student senate meetings in order to be
well informed on the university’s policies
and procedures regarding hosting campus
events. The senator is also responsible for
sharing that information during chapter
Q: How did you celebrate National
A: Last year for NCW, we hosted an illustrated
Q: In what ways does your chapter give
poem contest for the grade-school children
in our area to coincide with the theme
“Chemistry Colors Our World.” We also per-
formed a “Colors of Chemistry” workshop
at a local school to motivate students about
science. In addition, we hosted a “Pie-a-
Professor” fundraiser on the campus quad,
where students paid a fee to throw a colorful
pie at their “favorite” chemistry professor.
back to the community?
A: Every year for Halloween, our chapter hosts
the “Mad Scientist” program at one of our
local schools. In this program, we perform
interactive and stimulating science demonstrations for third- and fourth-grade students to foster an early interest in chemistry.
Q: Is your chapter active in recruiting
prospective students to your
A: Our department usually hosts a mixer at
the beginning of the semester in order to
introduce any new faculty, inform first-year
students about our chapter, and talk about
any new research performed. The chapter
president also gives a presentation about
our chapter during this mixer.
Q: What types of activities
do you sponsor?
A: Our ACS chapter is really into educational
Q: What careers-related events does your
initiatives. Since our university is located in a
predominantly African-American rural com-
munity, we plan events where we can inter-
act with grade-school children and motivate
them to pursue careers in science.
chapter host or participate in?
A: Our chapter usually has many former
students and members who have graduated
come back and give presentations on
graduate school experiences, admissions,
research, and even unique career
opportunities. Many of our former members
are pursuing medical degrees and doctoral
degrees, as well as careers at major
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Chapter president: Taryn N. Dooms Chapter members: 14 ACS student members: 10
Institution description: Small, private, rural, minority-serving, 4-year
Michael Curry, 14 years
Q: How did you become
a faculty advisor?
Curry: I became a faculty advisor so
that I could impress upon students the
importance of sharing with the local and
global community how science impacts
their lives on a daily basis.
Q: What challenges have
you faced in your position?
Curry: The most challenging part of my
position has been the transitioning and
training of new student officers to take
charge of their organization. The organization is only as successful as each
year’s student leadership.
Q: What advice can you offer
those new to the advisor position?
Curry: After being a mentor of student organizations for 14 years, I have
learned that the successes of the organization will depend directly on the leadership team selected to govern. Thus, as
a mentor it is your duty to inspire and
guide the leadership team in a manner
that allows them to unite and stand as
The Tuskegee University chapter centers its volunteer efforts on outreach activities with grade-
school children to encourage them to become more interested in science and ultimately pursue
careers in science.