Freshly awarded by American Chemical Society, a campus club prepares for National Chemistry Week

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Officers of the Chemistry Club, from left, include Matthew Zimmerman, treasurer; Asgad Ahmed, service officer; Elizabeth Barker, secretary; Dr. Brian Agee, faculty advisor; Ashley Pham, president; and Tochi Ezeokon, social media officer. Not pictured is Riley Alpuché, vice president.

The Augusta University Chemistry Club, a student chapter of the American Chemical Society, has been recognized as an Outstanding Student Chapter by the ACS. They were also awarded the Green Chemistry Award in recognition for completing sustainable chemistry activities throughout the year.

For the 2020-21 academic year, only 12.9% of student chapters received the Green Chemistry Award, and 23.3% of student chapters received outstanding status.

The group is advised by Dr. Brian Agee, lecturer in the Department of Chemistry and Physics in the College of Science and Mathematics.

“This is an astonishing accomplishment from our student chapter and I am overjoyed by their accomplishments,” said Agee.

“This is the second time we’ve won outstanding status, and back-to-back years nonetheless. This is also the third time we’ve been awarded the Green Chemistry Award for our efforts to increase the implementation of green chemistry into our activities and events.”

The group also regularly volunteers and has supported the local chapter of the Boys & Girls Clubs, RISE Augusta, Day One Fitness and Keep Augusta Beautiful. Several club members also assisted students with online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Chemistry Club’s recent recognition from the ACS comes just in time for National Chemistry Week, which the group will celebrate with several events:

  • Monday, Oct. 18: Recycling event and bake sale
  • Tuesday, Oct. 19: The Chemistry Club will participate in ChemClash, an online competition between ACS student chapters around the country.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 20: Button-making event
  • Friday, Oct. 22: Game night. The Chemistry Club will give out prizes related to Mole Day, which is recognized on Saturday, Oct. 23.

More information about Chemistry Week events will be available on JagLife shortly.

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