stories - through Feb 2016
Chem Club News
The SCU Chem Club had a very successful year in 2014. This year the club was proud to receive yet another Chapter Award from the ACS! This makes 22 consecutive Chapter awards for the club!
Club members participated in a community service event each term. In Winter we participated in the first annual SCCAP Science Night. This event brought high school students from schools in the area to SCU to learn about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Our club designed a two-part experiment exploring acid/base properties of household products. We also served as judges for Professor Brunauer’s Honors General Chemistry poster session. In Spring we trekked to the Martin Luther King Library in San Jose to work with members of the local section of the ACS to present more hands-on demonstrations as part of the library’s Summer Reading Kick-Off. This Fall we continued a long standing tradition of doing even MORE demos at the MLK Library, partnering with the local ACS section and students from SJSU to celebrate National Chemistry Week. Yes, we did lots and lots and LOTS of demos this year...
As usual, we were able to find time to host a variety of socials, inviting students, staff and faculty to socialize. We held ice cream socials, Pi Day socials, Pizza with the Professors, soup and sandwich socials, TRP for Turkey sandwich party, a Valentines Day social (complete with a Valentine’s Day themed chemistry crossword puzzle contest) and a “Sweetest Day Social”. Food is definitely the glue that keeps our club running!
In addition to eating and doing chemistry demonstrations, our Club members also immersed themselves in research. We held a research panel in the Spring to allow seasoned veteran upper division students an opportunity to give advice to lower division majors about their experiences in finding a research lab and in conducting research. This has become an annual event and was well attended. In the Spring we also sent a large contingent of students to the annual Northern California Undergraduate Research Symposium, held this year at USF. Our students presented numerous posters and talks and had a chance to interact with peers from all around Northern California. We also presented a poster highlighting our activities as part of the “Successful Chapter” poster session at the Fall meeting of the ACS in San Francisco.