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American Chemical Society Commends UT Chapter

Published: October 03, 2007
The University of Tampa student affiliates chapter of the American Chemical Society (ACS) has received a commendable award from the ACS for its activities in undergraduate science education and in preparing the next generation of chemical professionals.

More than 300 college and university applications were submitted, and the ACS Committee on Education granted only 51 commendable awards. Twenty-eight institutions received outstanding awards, and 96 received honorable mentions. The University of Tampa’s chapter will be honored at the 235th ACS National Meeting in New Orleans on April 6, 2008.

The UT ACS Student Affiliates chapter, led by UT senior Nicole Craig, has recently experienced an unprecedented increase in student participation. Last year the chapter participated in field trips, social events, regional conferences and National Chemistry Week and Earth Day celebrations. It also coordinated community outreach activities focusing on chemistry, including “magic shows” at Tampa’s Gorrie Elementary School to inspire science education in young students.

ACS President-Elect Catherine T. Hunt particularly commended UT Assistant Professor John Struss’s work in advising the student affiliates chapter.

“Few faculty members are willing to make the great commitment of time and energy that a successful chapter requires,” Hunt said. “Professor Struss’s efforts certainly represent the best in undergraduate science education and mentoring around the country.”

Struss teaches organic chemistry and specializes in developing new methods for organic synthesis. He is currently developing new “green” technologies in organic chemistry.

The UT Department of Chemistry and Physics offers students a solid foundation in the five major areas of chemistry: analytical chemistry, biochemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry and physical chemistry. The department also offers a new Bachelor of Science degree in forensic science, which prepares students for careers in forensic chemistry and forensic toxicology.