to This Year’s Winners!
2008-2009 Student Chapter Awards
You are awesome! Thank you for all of your incredible work on behalf of our discipline,
our communities, and our Society!
You, the members of the ACS student chapters, are the lifeblood of the American
Chemical Society. The Society belongs to you, and I am so proud that you are helping to
shape the Society through your exemplary work. By reaching out to the communities in
which we live and work, you help put a human face on chemistry. Working with the youth
of our communities allows you to reinforce my belief that education is the great equalizer —
allowing the disadvantaged of our society, as well as the privileged, to become anything that
they choose to be. This will help to ensure that we have a rich pipeline of scientists, engi-
neers, inventors, and explorers who will provide solutions to this planet’s greatest challenges:
clean water, food, health care, and a plentiful supply of renewable energy for everyone.
My friends, I am proud to be a chemist because I improve people’s lives through the
transforming power of chemistry. I hope that you, too, are proud of being a part of the
greatest discipline on the planet. Share your pride with everyone you meet. Together, let’s
discover and provide the solutions to the global challenges we face. Thank you again for
being a chemistry ambassador.
I wish you a safe, happy, and healthy holiday season!
Thomas H. Lane, Ph.D.
American Chemical Society