WVSU Student Group Named Outstanding Chapter by American Chemical Society

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Dec. 13, 2018
WVSU Student Group Named Outstanding Chapter by American Chemical Society
INSTITUTE, W.Va. – The student chapter of the American Chemical Society (ACS) at West Virginia State University (WVSU) is receiving an Outstanding Chapter Award for its 2017-2018 activities.  The group is also receiving a Green Chemistry Award for the ninth consecutive year.  
The group of more than 20 students is one of the most active student organizations on campus, and has been praised for its outreach and educational efforts promoting chemistry to area youths. Student participants regularly visit schools in the Kanawha Valley to teach science to students in elementary and middle schools. They also work to help host numerous STEM-related activities on the WVSU campus.
                   “The ACS students are successfully continuing their mission to bring science education to young people,” said Dr. Micheal Fultz, a WVSU chemistry professor and faculty advisor for the ACS student chapter. “We are taking science into schools on a regular basis to enhance science education at all grade levels.”
                  ACS also commended Fultz and Hannah Payne, director of WVSU’s Center for the Advancement of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics and co-advisor for the ACS student group.
                  “Few faculty members are willing to make the great commitment of time and energy that a successful chapter requires,” Dr. Peter K. Dorhout, president of ACS, said in a statement. “Their efforts certainly represent the best in undergraduate science education and mentoring around the country.”
                  For the 2017-2018 academic year, over 400 chapter activity reports were submitted to ACS. WVSU was one of 69 chapters to receive an Outstanding Chapter award.
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West Virginia State University is a public, land grant, historically black university, which has evolved into a fully accessible, racially integrated, and multigenerational institution, located in Institute, W.Va. As a “living laboratory of human relations,” the university is a community of students, staff, and faculty committed to academic growth, service and preservation of the racial and cultural diversity of the institution. Its mission is to meet the higher education and economic development needs of the state and region through innovative teaching and applied research.
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