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 2014-15 academic year.

The chapter, which is an organization for undergraduate chemical science majors, holds events on campus throughout the year, including events to promote National Chemistry Week and Green Week.

To show how important science is in our daily lives, the group held workshops on making ice cream and tie dying and explained the chemical processes necessary for each. They also held a car tune-up challenge last year, during which members tested volunteers’ car exhaust, then explained how to improve emissions.

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.

The club is also active with volunteering, and has helped with the campus Easter Egg Hunt, Christmas Tree Auction, Fun Day, Math and Science Day, Relay for Life, and the Activities Fair.

Assistant Professor of Chemistry Dr. Scott Brothers, who advises the club along with Associate Professor of Chemistry Dr. Lisa Reilly, said the club enjoys finding new ways to promote science. STEM education continues to gain importance, he said, and the American Chemical Society has promoted its importance on campus.

“Professors Scott Brothers and Lisa Reilly, faculty advisors of the chapter, deserve special commendation,” said Diane Grob Schmidt, President of the American Chemical Society. “Few faculty members are willing to make the great commitment of time and energy that a successful chapter requires. We extend our warmest congratulations to the students and Professors Brothers and Reilly 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 55 Outstanding, 99 Commendable and 160 Honorable Mention awards to student chapters around the country.

Bethany College is a small college of national distinction located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.