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WVSU chapter of American Chemical Society earns award

Apr. 13, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- The West Virginia State University student chapter of the The American Chemical Society has earned a Commendable Chapter Award and Green Chemistry award for the 2010-2011 academic year from the American Chemical Society.

These awards were presented to current Chapter President William Rollyson at the 243rd National ACS meeting on March 25, in San Diego, Calif.

The ACS Commendable Chapter Award is given to student chapters for their community service and outreach efforts, while the Green Chemistry award is given for WVSU's environmental and waste reducing practices in chemistry during the 2010-11 academic year, according to a press release. The ACS student chapter at WVSU served more than 1,500 K-12 students and community citizens during the year through community programming and volunteer outreach efforts.

The Green Chemistry Award was made for efforts in educating and promoting Green Chemistry. Green Chemistry is the intentional design of chemicals and chemical processes to minimize hazardous waste and by-products. These efforts included laboratory preparatory work at the university for younger students to experience green labs and public discussions on the benefits of green chemistry.

This marks the second year in a row that WVSU chemistry students have won national awards in American Chemical Society competitions. Drs. Tom Guetzloff and Micheal Fultz, both professors of chemistry at WVSU, are the faculty advisors to the winning student group.

Student members from last year include former president Rachael Workman (Charleston), Joshua Kim (Harpers Ferry), Lindsey Mundy (Ripley), Robert Morris (St. Albans), Brittany Ratcliff (Charleston), Nicholas Nogoda (Charleston), Luke Dooley (Hurricane), Andrew Nortman (Dunbar), Rita Goodall (Teays Valley), Erin Tye (Winfield), and William Rollyson (Charleston).