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UNI Student Chapter of American Chemical Society receives Outstanding Chapter Award

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Janelle Darst, marketing director, Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, 319-273-3676, janelle.darst@uni.edu

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728, lindsay.cunningham@uni.edu

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The American Chemical Society's (ACS) Committee on Education presented the Outstanding Chapter Award for 2011-2012 activities to the University of Northern Iowa's student chapter. The 2011-2012 award-winning chapter will be recognized in the November/December issue of inChemistry magazine and at the ACS Student Chapter Award Ceremony to be held at the 245th ACS National Meeting in New Orleans from Sunday, Apr. 7 through Thursday, Apr. 11, 2013.

ACS is a national organization of professional chemists and is the main group for science majors and minors interested in chemistry and biochemistry. Members participate in a wide range of programs and activities that enhance their college experience and prepare them for successful careers.

To receive this award, chapters must either meet or exceed all of their goals. The UNI chapter co-hosted blood drives, presented chemistry magic shows to 200 family members of UNI students during a weekend in September, and worked alongside the department chief safety officer to ensure that all events exceeded safety expectations. The student chapter was also commended for their outreach to area schools. Last fall about 45 student members and faculty hosted a Halloween open house where they performed a series of shows involving chemistry demos for 1,000 elementary and high school students.

Along with volunteering and community outreach, the student group also demonstrated excellent chapter development by attending a variety of department seminars, hosting a series of social events and activities, and conducting chapter meetings.

"It is evident that the University of Northern Iowa student chapter of the American Chemical Society is a well deserving chapter for the Outstanding Chapter Award," said Dawn Del Carlo, UNI associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry. "With continuous student and community support, this chapter will maintain its successful status and receive many more recognitions."