Thanks to a little chemistry ingenuity and community support, the
American Chemical Society-Student Affiliate has won national
The ACS-SA received word at its annual picnic Saturday that the
group will travel to San Diego on March 13 to receive an award for
outstanding programming and fundraising events last year.
The specific event that garnered the award was a “Mole Day” can
drive. During “Mole Week,” members set a goal of collection for the
drive as a play on the numerical value of a mole, 6.022 x 10 to the
The goal was to drop the 6.022 and collect 1,023 cans, which the
group did, with a little help from raffles and small incentives to
those who donated cans.
“The national recognition is a big accomplishment for us,” said
Sharyl Majorski-Briggs, chemistry lab coordinator and faculty adviser
for the ACS-SA.
“There are only 26 outstanding awards given out in the nation, and
we are the only school in Michigan to get one,” she said.
The recognition is the first in CMU’s ACS-SA history. Saginaw Valley
State University’s chapter received an honorable mention.
“This is really significant,” said Meghann Vanslager, Beverly Hills
senior and group president. “We have worked really hard on getting this
Vanslager said ACS-SA consisted of six members in 2002 but now has
about 30 regular members.
“That’s a big improvement and makes a big difference,” she added.
The ACS-SA is a Registered Student Organization with mostly
chemistry and biology majors as members. The group puts on social
programs, fund-raisers and sponsor service projects; ACS-SA won the
award because of the high number of projects. A 100-page report was
submitted during the summer detailing the group’s accomplishments.
“In the years past, we only had a 10-page report, so 100 is a
positive change for us,” said Jennifer Ryan, Sandusky senior and group
Other annual events include teaching chemistry to local elementary
children, selling safety goggles to CMU chemistry classes and attending
chemistry conferences like PittConn, an analytical chemistry conference
in Chicago. Group members also put on a magic show for incoming
freshmen and set up a table at CMU & You day.
“This is a great group and I’m glad I joined,” said Tom Randall,
Midland sophomore. “I got to see New York, do a lot of cool programs
and I am looking forward to going to San Diego.”