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October 2009

Release Date: Oct. 15, 2009ASU Logo

ASU Student Chemistry Group Receives National Award

Angelo State University’s student affiliates chapter of the American Chemical Society (ACS) has received a Commendable Award from the national ACS for chapter activities during the 2008-09 academic year.

This is the fourth consecutive year for the ASU chapter to receive the “Commendable” designation. The chapter was recognized for its participation in chemistry outreach activities, attendance at national meetings, and fundraising and social events.

Of the more than 360 ACS chapter reports submitted to the society’s Committee on Education, only 103 received a commendable or higher award. The award-winning chapters will be honored at the 239th ACS National Meeting next March in San Francisco.

The Angelo State chapter annually participates in ASU Science Days, Mole Day, Earth Day and National Chemistry Week activities and hosts an annual Spring “Green” Chemistry Symposium on the ASU campus. It also conducts a campus speaker program, has regular burrito sales for fundraising and regularly includes local and area high school students in its activities.

Angelo State ACS members also regularly make research presentations at ACS national meetings and other organizational meetings, including the Texas Academy of Science. The ASU chapter boasts about 35 members and is advised by Kevin Boudreaux, senior chemistry instructor, and Dr. Edith Osborne, assistant professor of chemistry.

In a letter to the ASU chapter, ACS President Thomas H. Lane wrote, “We extend our warmest congratulations to the students and Professor Boudreaux for setting such a fine example for other chapters and being exemplary chemistry ambassadors.”

ACS is the world’s largest scientific society. It is a nonprofit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress and a global leader in providing access to chemistry-related research through its multiple databases, peer-reviewed journals and scientific conferences. Its main offices are in Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio.

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