East Los Angeles
Chapter;president: Joseph Giacinto III
composition: Large, public,
urban, minority serving, 2-year
A Our chapter hosted an NCW seminar that featured a chemist and a
magic show for our college community. For Chemists Celebrate
Earth Day, we participated in
a large-scale event on campus
that attracted approximately 800
middle and high school students,
and many more ELAC students.
With the support of our ACS local
section, we did hands-on demonstrations on water conservation
and educated the community
about how chemistry is used in
A The chapter sponsors a speaker
series that draws large crowds.
The talks not only involve dynamic
discussions of science, but also
speakers who talk about their
own educational pathways and
the opportunities available to
our students in their institutions,
such as research and scholarships.
We also set up field trips to local
colleges and universities, and to
local venues or companies that
have ongoing research. We try to
show students all the possibilities available to them, and all the
exciting ways chemistry is being
used in companies and organizations, such as Miller Brewing
Company, Amgen, and The Getty
Veronica Jaramillo and
A Our chapter is very active in
recruiting members. At the
Associated Union Club Day, our
members set up a table and
perform exciting chemistry demonstrations to grab everyone’s
attention, and we also hand out
an informational pamphlet. We
also try to have students perform
and explain a chemistry demonstration at every chapter meeting.
Students enjoy this part of the
A Our chapter works closely with
the Mathematics, Engineering,
and Science Achievement (MESA)
program at ELAC. MESA connects
all the science clubs on campus.
We work most closely with the
Physics Club and the Society for
Hispanic Professional Engineers
in organizing and attending field
trips together and volunteering
at different on- and off-campus
A We became co-advisors at the
inception of our chapter. We
believed that the ACS student
chapter offered a great vehicle to
help our students learn about the
different opportunities for science
majors. We also felt it was important to build a network for our
science majors and other students
with similar interests and class
loads. Furthermore, we understand
that the ACS student chapter is a
necessary tool to develop the
science leaders of the near future.
A Watching our students blossom
into leaders. Our students really
have gained confidence running
the chapter, meeting with visiting faculty, and speaking about
science. In general, it has been
a great reward in that we have
made science more accessible to
our students — most of whom
represent the first generation in
their families to attend college.
A We widely use e-mail interaction
with our members, and texting
has shown to be a great tool of
communication with our students.
A Time is always an issue, but having a co-advisor allows for some
leeway and gives the students
another person to depend on.
We suggest having a co-advisor
and allowing your students’
interest to guide the chapter’s
programmatic aspect. iC
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