Bethany American Chemical Society Honored with National Award

BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany College’s American Chemical Society student chapter was recently recognized with a Commendable Award by the Society Committee on Education for its activities held during the 2013-14 academic year.

The chapter, which is an organization for undergraduate chemical science majors, hosts annual events during two major weeks related to science: National Chemistry Week and Green Week. To celebrate National Chemistry Week this year, the group sold a periodic table of cupcakes, performed lab experiments with a freshman seminar, tie-dyed T-shirts and socks, and volunteered for Chemistry Day at the Carnegie Science Center.

During Green Week, the group hosted energy demonstrations and several fundraisers and held Green Week trivia with a Consumer Chemistry class.  The club is also active with volunteering, occasionally with other clubs, including the campus Easter Egg Hunt, Christmas Tree Auction, Fun Day, Math and Science Day, Relay for Life, and the Activities Fair.

Over the last few years, the club has also been active in professional development activities, including trips to national conferences in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Dallas, Texas, as well as educational trips to Washington, D.C., and the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh.

Chemistry major Sam Duvall of Shadyside, Ohio, serves as president of the club. “This award is important to our chapter and to the College in realizing our goals of spreading science with an emphasis on service to diverse groups, including children, college students and the general population alike,” he said.

Assistant Professor of Chemistry Dr. Scott Brothers, who advises the club along with Associate Professor of Chemistry Dr. Lisa Reilly, said he is inspired not only by the work his students have done, but by the impact they’ve had on different groups on and off campus.

“In today's society, STEM education is increasingly important, and the tireless effort of the motivated and enthusiastic chapter members has ignited this passion for science at Bethany College," Dr. Brothers said.

 “Dr. Brother’s and Dr. Reilly’s efforts certainly represent the best in undergraduate science education and mentoring around the country,” said Dr. T.J. Barton, President of the American Chemical Society. “We extend our warmest congratulations for setting such a fine example for other chapters and being exemplary chemistry ambassadors.”

More than 400 chapters applied for the distinction, and the Society Committee on Education presented 44 Outstanding, 85 Commendable and 151 Honorable Mention awards to student chapters around the country.

Bethany, a small college of national distinction, is located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus. Bethany, the oldest degree granting institution in West Virginia, was founded in 1840 and traces its origins to the founding of Buffalo Seminary in 1818 at what was then Bethany, Virginia.