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Chemistry club receives awards

October 4, 2012

The Saint Francis University chemistry club earned an Outstanding Chapter Award from the American Chemical Society (ACS) for its 2011-2012 activities. Each year, only 36 Outstanding Awards are given nationwide among more than 1000 eligible university chapters. This is the second consecutive year that the Saint Francis chemistry club won this award.

Activities that helped the Saint Francis chemistry club achieve the Outstanding Award are: the Rural Outreach Chemistry for Kids (ROCK) program, offering weekly tutoring sessions, hosting National Chemistry Week Scavenger Hunt, participating in the Earth Day Carnival, and attending ACS meetings and Pittcon.

In addition, the chemistry club was recognized as a Green Chemistry Student Chapter by ACS for successfully performing activities that highlight the value of green chemistry to humans and the environment. A highlight of the chapter’s green initiative is that the club offered radon test kits to the community.

The Saint Francis chemistry club will be recognized in the November/December issue of in Chemistry Magazine, and at the ACS Student Chapter Award Ceremony at the 245th ACS National Meeting in New Orleans, La.

Dr. Edward Zovinka, professor of chemistry, is the faculty advisor for the Saint Francis chemistry club.

For more information about the chemistry department at Saint Francis, visit francis.edu/chemistry.