Honors College Chemistry Students Among Those Who Receive National Award

Congratulations to Jonathan Henninger, Deanna Belsky, and Nadia Szymanski for their work in helping the IUP ACS student chapter win national recognition for club activities.

Chemistry Club Receives Third National Award

The American Chemical Society (ACS) student chapter in the Department of Chemistry received a Commendable Award from the National ACS Committee on Education for its 2009-2010 club activities.

For the 2009-2010 academic year, over 360 reports were submitted to
the committee. Of those, thirty-six clubs were given Outstanding Awards,
sixty-eight were given Commendable Awards, and 113 received an
Honorable Mention Award. Lists of winning chapters will be published in Chemical & Engineering News, the weekly ACS publication, and in inchemistry,
the monthly student member magazine. These chapters will also be
honored at the 241st ACS National Meeting in Anaheim, Calif., on March
21, 2011.

“I’m very proud of the work done by our club members and their
dedication to making this a nationally recognized chapter,” said Nathan
McElroy, the club faculty advisor. “Every semester, they offer free
chemistry tutoring four nights a week, and raise funds with weekly hot
dog sales and t-shirt sales. Each year, they donate $1,000 to a local
elementary or high school science program, visit local science fairs
with demonstrations, and take part in National Chemistry Week at the
Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh. It’s great to see their efforts
rewarded with national recognition.”

Club officers for the 2009-2010 year were: President Maura Barrett;
Vice President Jonathan Henninger; Treasurer Deanna Belsky; and
Secretary Nadia Szymanski.

This is the third recent national award for the club, which received
Honorable Mention awards for the 2006-2007 and 2008-2009 academic years.

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