Chemistry and Biochemistry

Y Chem to Receive Honorable Mention

Posted: Oct 08, 2010

Y Chem, the student chapter of the Central Utah Section of the American Chemical Society at BYU, “has been selected to receive an honorable mention award for its activities conducted during the 2009-10 academic year,” a letter to Dr. Burton signed by Joseph Francisco, the president of the ACS, states.

“Lists of award-winning chapters will be published in Chemical & Engineering News and in In Chemistry, the student member magazine,” the letter went on to say. “Award-winning chapters will also be honored at the 241st ACS National Meeting in Anaheim, Calif. on Sunday, March 27, 2011.”

“The ACS national meeting is one of the big things we do. The university likes us to attend, ACS likes our participation, and the students have had a good experience going,” Dr. Daniel Austin, faculty advisor for Y Chem, said. “Last year we had a great group of students attend that represented the university really well.” Three full BYU vans (about 25 students) are expected to attend the national meeting in Anaheim next spring.

With intramural sports teams and “magic show” demonstrations and club-wide events typically occurring every month, Y Chem actively pursues their mission to “promote chemistry and chemistry education” and provide a social group for chemistry majors. “We do lots of outreach activities like putting on magic shows for elementary schools and anyone around here who wants one,” Dr. Austin said. “We also help with the major fair at the Wilkinson Center and organize some tutoring for chemistry majors. The student leadership is really good this year; they do a lot of the planning and executing.”

In addition to receiving an honorable mention, ACS’ In Chemistry magazine wants to feature some of the activities Y Chem put on last year in their February 2011 issue, Y Chem publicity officer Katie Andrus reported. The feature will include information about Y Chem’s “nerd dance” and intramural sports.

"The Deprotonators," Y Chem frisbee team

Top photo: Students pose with the periodic table at Y Chem's nerd dance

By Jessica Henrie

Photos courtesy of Y Chem