American Chemical Society
The American Chemistry Society, ACS, Duquesne Student Chapter consists of individuals who are "dynamic and visionary, committed to 'improving people's lives through the transforming power of chemistry.'" The ACS advances the "broader chemistry enterprise and its practitioners for the benefit of Earth and its people." The ACS looks to connect with other chemists and chemical engineers in their geographic area, participate in programs near their homes that can enhance their professional development, contribute to the public's understanding of chemistry in their communities. ACS regional meetings are hosted by local sections in various geographic regions across the United States.
"Through the ACS Student Members, we use our chemistry backgrounds to increase the understanding and enthusiasm that students have towards science in an effort to diversify the scientific community of the future". The organization provides members to grow as chemists and as members of society. The ACS focuses on community outreach, particularly focusing on young students to gain an interest in chemistry, as well as promote awareness on campus and in the community.
Various outreaches consist of- scientific education and promotion on Duquesne's campus among non-science majors with Mole Day, Pi Day, Autumn Fest. The promotion of STEM education in the Pittsburgh area through National Chemistry Week, SciTech, Carnegie Science Center. ACS student members develop and promote scientific achievement through participation in scientific research and research conferences such as PittCon, ACS National Conference, Undergraduate Research and professional development programming.
"When I was deciding which community agency to serve this semester through this class, Duquesne's student chapter of the American Chemical Society seemed like the perfect fit. As a chemistry major, research is a big part of our academic curriculum at Duquesne, however, I have always enjoyed working with people. I love meeting new people, hearing their stories, and interacting with the community I am a part of. As a result, I have a strong passion for the promotion of STEM education in America, and I feel that this is where I will take the knowledge I have gained at Duquesne in the next part of my life. That is why I have loved participating in service with ACS. Through participating in events like National Chemistry Week and SciTech this semester, I have been able to take my knowledge of Chemistry out into the Pittsburgh community and hopefully inspire young children with a passion for math and science.
It was great to be able to bring my love of science and math to children in the Pittsburgh community. I hope that I have made an impact on the people I have served though Science at the Service of Society , and I am so grateful I had the chance to be able to do this."
- Kathleen Kelly, Chemistry, Graduate of 2014