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American Chemical Society Lauds College of Mount Saint Vincent’s Student Chapter for “Exemplary” Activities


Riverdale, N.Y. – The American Chemical Society (ACS) student chapter at the College of Mount Saint Vincent has received an honorable mention award for activities conducted during the 2013-2014 academic year. It is the sixth consecutive year that the student chapter has been commended by the ACS.

Among the activities that helped the CMSV chapter earn its award was its participation in a hands-on demonstration of scientific principles at the New York Hall of Science—a special event to mark National Chemistry Week, which takes place annually in October. Dr. Pamela Kerrigan, Associate Professor of Chemistry and faculty advisor of the chapter, said, “The National Chemistry Week event at the Hall of Science [is a key activity.] We are showing future generations how much fun chemistry can be and how important it is to their everyday lives.”

The student chapter at the College is made up of members of the Science Club, and is open to all students in any major. The currently active members whose activities helped garner the award are Dwaine Pryce ’15, Xavier Salce ’15, Michael Pena ’15, Chare Sanders ’15, Ria Grant-McBarnett ’15, and Eberh Garcia ’16. The award letter praised the students and Dr. Kerrigan for “being exemplary chemistry ambassadors!”

For 2014, the ACS issued 44 outstanding, 85 commendable, and 151 honorable mention awards. The College’s chapter, as well as other award-winning chapters, will be featured in Chemical & Engineering News and in the November/December issue of inChemistry, the student member newspaper. All award-winning chapters will be honored at the 249th ACS National Meeting in Denver, Colo., on Sunday, March 22, 2015.

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