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Congratulations to the Olivet College American Chemical Society (ACS) student chapter for being honored at the national level for its efforts as an undergraduate chapter. Dr. Susanne Lewis, associate professor of chemistry, and 12 students were recognized during the 253rd American Chemical Society National Meeting in San Francisco, which they are attending through April 6. Chapters are honored for level of activity of the chapter, the number of students who participate in activities, and the type of activities.

While at the national meeting, students have had the opportunity to meet with graduate school recruiters and attend professional talks by graduate students, research professors, and chemistry professionals on cutting edge research.

The ACS student chapter is just one of 60 clubs and organizations available to OC students. Any student interested in chemistry is welcome to join the OC student chapter of ACS. Students participate in Chemistry Day, part of the annual National Chemistry Week, host webinars sponsored by ACS, present demonstrations for Science Night, go on field trips, host OC alumni to speak about their post college experiences in graduate school and beyond, and host social events. The chapter also undertakes a fundraising event during the holidays to raise money to send students to the spring ACS National Meeting.

Twelve students attended the national meeting: Kamron Nault, senior chemistry; Emma Cole, junior chemistry/writing; Julianna Carter, junior chemistry/pre-med; Jennifer Elliston, junior biology/chemistry; Angelique Korbecki, junior biomedical; Amanda Gruszka, junior chemistry; Nicholas Guerra, sophomore chemistry; Jackson Kiess, sophomore chemistry; Brooke Sturgeon, sophomore chemistry; Isaac York, sophomore biology/pre-med; Katerina Asselin, freshman chemistry; and Hailey Hoover, freshman biology. In addition to San Francisco, in past years, students have attended national meetings held in Boston, Anaheim, San Diego, New Orleans, Dallas and Denver.

Olivet College offers 32 majors and 24 minors, including biochemistry, chemistry, and chemistry with forensic science. Coupled with an outstanding liberal arts education and the boundless clubs and organizations that help to build on and expand a students’ interests, OC graduates leave set up for career success! Learn more about the OC chemistry program.

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