Q: How did you celebrate National
A: We celebrated NCW with our Science Saturday event for students between the ages of 13
and 18 from local schools and nearby cities.
Each student becomes a member of a research
team with chapter students to work on a
chemistry project related to the NCW theme.
Q: Do you collaborate with other
clubs on campus on activities?
A: Our chapter co-hosts Science Day, an annual
event where children from the community
do hands-on activities from a variety of scientific areas. We prepare several stations with
chemistry demonstrations, hands-on-method
activities, and forensic chemistry games.
Q: What is your most successful
fundraiser to date?
A: To help preserve the ecology of our area,
we organize several activities to raise funds
to donate to the Trans-California Pathway
Project. The organization uses these funds to
purchase and grow trees, shrubs, and bushes.
Q: Describe any fun social events
your chapter recently had.
A: The most successful social event for our
chapter is the Mad Scientist Ball fundraiser,
where students and faculty are able to enjoy
Q: What careers-related events
free food, music, and entertainment, and win
prizes by playing a variety of free games and
by participating in a costume competition. All
raised funds are donated to a local charity.
does your chapter do?
A: We have tours to visit graduate schools and
national labs, as well as companies such as
Ernest & Julio Gallo Winery, where we learned
more about how chemistry affects the color
and smell of wine. We also host speakers from
chemistry graduate schools, food chemistry
industry, meat research labs, and biofuel labs.
In these presentations, the students also learn
more about Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) and internship opportunities.
Q: If your chapter has recently attended an
ACS regional, national, or local section
meeting, how did members benefit?
A: Members from our chapter attended the
247th ACS National Meeting in Dallas, TX,
and the 26th Annual Northern California
Undergraduate Research Symposium in San
Francisco, CA. We presented posters, did oral
presentations, and learned about advancements in biochemistry, physical chemistry,
nanotechnology, and agricultural and food
California State University
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Chapter president: Monica Trejo Chapter members: 58 ACS student members: 16
Institution description: Small, public, suburban, minority-serving, 4-year
Elvin A. Alemán, 2 years
Q: Why did you become a
Alemán: As an undergraduate student, I was fortunate to have been
mentored by wonderful faculty advisors at the University of Puerto Rico
Humacao. It is my goal to follow in
their footsteps and become a good
mentor to my students. I believe that
by serving as a chapter faculty advisor and participating in their activities, I can get to know the students
Q: What challenges have
you faced in your position?
Alemán: I am in my third year at CSU
Stanislaus, and one challenge has
been finding time between teaching
and research to help students organize their activities.
Q: What has been the most
rewarding aspect of your
service as a faculty advisor?
Alemán: Getting to know our chemistry majors better and being able
to advise them to get ready for their
upper division chemistry classes. I
also enjoy watching them graduate
and continue their studies in chemistry or find successful positions in
industry or as science teachers.
Q: What advice can you
offer those new to the
Alemán: Get the new officers elected
in March/April and encourage them
to get involved in some of the activi-
ties for the Earth Day celebration
to get familiar with how to run the
chapter. 2013–2014 student chapter members at California State University Stanislaus.
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