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Chemistry Club Honored by
American Chemical Society

Posted October 30, 2000

HOLLAND -- The Hope College Chemistry Club has received "Honorable Mention" recognition from the American Chemical Society (ACS) for activities during the 1999-2000 academic year.

The ACS presented "Outstanding," "Commendable" or "Honorable Mention" recognition to 160 of its Student Affiliates chapters nationwide based on annual reports submitted by the chapters. Hope's chapter was one of 69 to receive "Honorable Mention," the second year in the row that the group has received the honor.

The award-winning chapters will be recognized during the 221st ACS National Meeting in San Diego, Calif., on Sunday, April 21, 2001. The chapters will also be named in a forthcoming issue of "Chemical & Engineering News," the society's official news magazine, and in "Chemistry," the Student Affiliates magazine.

The Hope chapter organizes social and professional activities for the college's chemistry majors, and engages in outreach activities geared primarily toward area children. Events for Hope students have ranged from a picnic at the beginning of the year to panels featuring alumni with careers in chemistry. Outreach activities include serving as mentors during the "Little Chemistry Club" program, through which elementary-age students engage in laboratory exercises on campus during the school year. Earlier this semester, the club also sponsored demonstrations at Westshore Mall during "National Chemistry Week."

The chapter has been advised for the past three years by Dr. Matthew Elrod, who is an assistant professor of chemistry and a Towsley Research Scholar at Hope. The group's activities are planned primarily by the organization's officers, with as many as 50 students attending some events.

The student co-presidents during the 1999-2000 school year were Melissa Feenstra, a 2000 graduate currently attending graduate school in chemistry at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and Katie Horsman, a 2000 graduate currently attending graduate school in chemistry at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

The ACS has 161,000 members in industry and education. The society's activities include promoting public understanding of chemistry through outreach programs, fostering communication between chemists and related organizations, and assisting in the professional and career development of chemists.

The society's interests include the preprofessional development of students in the chemical sciences. Its Student Affiliates program has more than 8,000 students enrolled, many affiliated with more than 900 chapters at colleges and universities in the United States and Puerto Rico.

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