Chemical Society of Washington

2017 ACS Fellows for Local Sections

2017 CSW Travel Award

The Chemical Society of Washington is pleased to announce a student travel award to defray travel and/or registration costs to the ACS Fall National Meeting in Washington, DC. The meeting will be held August 20-24, 2017. Eligible expenses include meeting registration and travel expenses.

The award is open to students who are graduate and undergraduate students in the jurisdiction of the Chemical Society of Washington. The award is not intended for post-doctoral fellows. There will be a maximum of eight awards available for the 2017 Fall National Meeting.

2017 Travel Award (PDF file, 200Kb)

Support UMd Students attend the ACS Meeting in DC

Help Support UMd Students attend the ACS National Meeting In Washington DC

This August, the American Chemical Society National Meeting will be hosted in Washington, D.C., and many undergraduate students at the University of Maryland, College Park are excited at the opportunity to attend their first major scientific conference. For the past several years, the ACS student chapter at the University of Maryland has been fortunate enough to financially support members of our chapter who would like to attend the National Meeting by paying for their conference registration. To continue this tradition of supporting our members, our student chapter is conducting a crowd funding campaign until April 28th on the University of Maryland’s platform Launch UMD. We are seeking donations from family & friends, and from the vibrant scientific community in D.C. area. We hope that you will consider supporting our campaign, and support undergraduate involvement in the scientific community. If you would like more information on our campaign, or would like to donate, please visit our page at https://www.launch.umd.edu/project/5763. If you have any further questions, please feel free to send an email to scohen10@terpmail.umd.edu. Any support you can spare is greatly appreciated!

Chemists Celebrate Earth Day 2017

 

Chemists Celebrate Earth Day
a program of the American Chemical Society (ACS)

Theme: "Chemistry Helps Feed the World"

Earth Day was first officially recognized on April 22, 1970 as a way to demonstrate support for a healthy environment, raise awareness about environmental issues, and remind people that we all need to contribute to a sustainable planet.   For years, chemists have been promoting a better world through recyclable plastics, cleaner-burning fuels, phosphate-free detergents, environmental monitoring, and green chemistry initiatives. The American Chemical Society joined the Earth Day celebration on April 22, 2003.

The Chemical Society of Washington (CSW) will once again participate in Chemists Celebrate Earth Day (CCED) activities.  Chemistry is all around us and is vital to our planet’s sustainability.  Whether it’s used in recyclable and biodegradable materials or through the reduction of waste, chemistry is involved in ensuring that we can be eco-friendly and kind to our environment.  CCED seeks to bring international focus to environmental causes, such as clean air, water, and energy.  ACS offers events, contests, and educational resources for members, chemical educators, and chemistry enthusiasts to illustrate the positive role that chemistry plays in preserving the Earth.  The CCED 2017 theme is "Chemistry Helps Feed the World." This year’s theme looks at the impact of chemistry on soil and plants that are used to produce food, including the preservation of food which is a critical element to provide an adequate amount of food.  The worlds populations is growing and the need to produce more food to feed the population places additional strain on the environment.  Chemistry can assist with the need to produce more food. The electronic version of the Celebrating Chemistry newsletter for CCED as well as additional information about this year’s CCED celebration is available from the ACS website (www.acs.org/earthday).

CSW, in conjunction with the Chemistry Department at Montgomery College, Rockville Campus will participate in Rockville Science Day on Sunday, April 23, 2017.  Rockville Science Day is open to the general public and CSW encourages you to attend.  Rockville Science Day is intended to provide a friendly environment for students and their parents to participate in some hands on demonstrations and to learn more about how science and engineering are important to our society.  There will be more than 70 exhibitors with hands on activities.  Additional information about Rockville Science Day can be found on their website (http://rockvillesciencecenter.org/rockville-science-day/).

This event will be co-sponsored by the CSW Outreach Committee and the CSW Environmental/Sustainability Committee.  Volunteers from CSW will be providing hands on activities for children who attend the event as a part of CSW’s participation in CCED.  Volunteers will also hand out copies of the Celebrating Chemistry publication for CCED, and various CCED themed products.  If you would like to volunteer for this event, please contact the CSW CCED coordinator, Kim Morehouse (Kim.Morehouse@fda.hhs.gov).

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Rockville Science Day

The 28th annual Rockville Science Day will take place on Sunday, April 23, 2017.  Held annually on the Montgomery College campus, Rockville Science Day features a variety of science and technology-related exhibits, activities, games and demos. Activities and exhibits over the 27 years of the program have included rocket-building (and firing), telescope viewing, a travelling planetarium, all kinds of robots, backyard wildlife, ship models, microscopes, snakes, oyster farming, botball, stream science, a pigeon release, Civil War medical practice, coding challenges, math puzzles, chemistry in action (flames, explosions & other reactions), electric vehicle demos, quadcopters, archaeology mini-digs, 3D printing, and brain games.

Rockville Science Day is intended to provide a friendly environment for students and their parents to participate in some hands on demonstrations and to learn more about how science and engineering are important to our society.  There will be more than 70 exhibitors with hands on activities.  Additional information about Rockville Science Day can be found on their website (http://rockvillesciencecenter.org/rockville-science-day/). 

As part of the celebration of Chemists Celebrate Earth Day, the Chemical Society of Washington, in conjunction with the Chemistry Department at Montgomery College, Rockville Campus will participate in Rockville Science Day on Sunday, April 23, 2017.  Rockville Science Day is open to the general public and CSW encourages you to attend. 

This event will be co-sponsored by the CSW Outreach Committee and the CSW Environmental/Sustainability Committee.  Volunteers from CSW will be providing hands on activities for children who attend the event as a part of CSW’s participation in CCED.  Volunteers will also hand out copies of the Celebrating Chemistry publication for CCED, and various CCED themed products.  If you would like to volunteer for this event, please contact the CSW CCED coordinator, Kim Morehouse (Kim.Morehouse@fda.hhs.gov).

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Illustrated Poem Contest

As part of the Chemists Celebrate Earth Day activities, the American Chemical Society is sponsoring an illustrated poem contest for students in Kindergarten through 12 grades.  Students are asked to write and illustrate a poem using the Chemists Celebrate Earth Day 2017 theme, "Chemistry Helps Feed the World." This year’s theme looks at the impact of chemistry on soil and plants that are used to produce food. The worlds populations is growing and the need to produce more food to feed the population places additional strain on the environment.  Chemistry can assist with the need to produce more food. The illustrated poems should relate to how chemistry can impact soil and plants and their relationship to food.  Detailed rules and guidelines are available on the Chemists Celebrate Earth Day website; www.acs.org/earthday.  All Entries must provide the information that the ACS request via the entry form which is available via the ACS or CSW websites.  Teachers at schools in the Chemical Society of Washington area are encourage to have a contest at their school and then submit the winning entries from the school to:

Chemist Celebrate Earth Day Coordinator
Chemical Society of Washington
1155 16th Street, NW, Stop O-218
Washington, DC 20036

Electronic submissions should be sent to: Kim.Morehouse@FDA.HHS.GOV

All entries must be received by Monday, April 24, 2016 so winners at the local section level can be submitted to the ACS by Friday April 28, 2017.

Chemathon 2017 at the University of Maryland

 

Chemists Celebrate Earth Day

a program of the American Chemical Society (ACS)

Theme:  "The Great Indoors –Your Home’s Ecosystem!"

 

 The Thirty-third Annual Chemathon will take place on Saturday, April 29, 2017.  The Chemathon is an annual chemistry competition for high school chemistry students in Maryland, Northern Virginia, and the District of Columbia.  The Chemathon competition is organized by a committee of area high school chemistry teachers and chemists, and is hosted by the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Maryland at College Park.  The Chemathon is open to all area high schools who would like to participate.  There ae two competitive tracks; Level I: for students who have not taken and are not currently taking AP Chemistry or IB Chemistry and have not previously participated in Chemathon, and Level II: aimed at students at the AP and/or IB level as well as previous contestants.  The theme for the posters this year is “The Chemistry of Global Infectious Diseases and Their Treatments and Cures.”  There is no entry or registration fee.  If you are a high school chemistry teacher and would like your students to participate in this event, please see the Chemathon website for information on how to register your school (http://www2.chem.umd.edu/chemathon/). 

The Chemical Society of Washington will once again be a sponsor of this event.  Volunteers are needed to help judge the poster contest as well as to assist with some of the activities that the students will be competing in.  If you would like to volunteer for this event, please contact Kim Morehouse via e-mail at kim.morehouse@fda.hhs.gov

2017 CSW Student Travel Award

The Chemical Society of Washington is pleased to announce a student travel award to defray travel and/or registration costs to the ACS Spring National Meeting in San Francisco. The meeting will be held April 2-6, 2017. Eligible expenses include meeting registration, travel expenses, airfare and lodging.

The award is open to students who are graduate and undergraduate students in the jurisdiction of the Chemical Society of Washington. The award is not intended for post-doctoral fellows. There will be a maximum of four awards available for the 2017 Spring National Meeting.

Each award will be for up to $500 of eligible expenses based on the review of the following materials - applicants should submit the following by January 22, 2017, at 11:59 p.m., to CSW (email: CSW@acs.org):

  • A cover letter stating how and why attending this ACS meeting will promote the applicant’s career
  • The applicant’s CV
  •  A letter of recommendation from the student's mentor explaining why the student deserves the award and how this will help the applicant’s professional development
  • An accepted abstract with proof of acceptance
  • A cover letter stating how and why attending this ACS meeting will promote the applicant’s career

NOTE: To be eligible, you must be a member of CSW, and your complete application must be received before the deadline.

Within three weeks of returning from the ACS meeting, the awardees should submit receipts to the Treasurer for any or all of the eligible expenses described above, after which the Treasurer of the Chemical Society of Washington will issue a check to each of the awardees.

After returning from the conference, awardees will be asked to present their posters at one of the upcoming CSW dinner meetings.

The award is not intended for post‐doctoral fellows. There will be a maximum of four awards available for the Spring National Meeting.  Each award will be for $500 and award of this stipend will be based on the review of the above materials. This award is open to undergraduate and graduate students who are members and in the jurisdiction of the Chemical Society of Washington.

Our mailing address is:

Chemical Society of Washington
1155 Sixteenth St. NW
O-218
Washington, DC 20036

Celebrate National Chemistry Week: October 16-22, 2016

Celebrate National Chemistry Week October 16-22, 2016

Theme: "Solving Mysteries through Chemistry!"

The NCW 2016 theme is “Solving Mysteries through Chemistry”, focusing on the chemistry of the science behind the use of chemistry in forensics.  The electronic version of the Celebrating Chemistry Newsletter is available from the ACS website (www.acs.org/ncw). 

Each year the American Chemical Society’s (ACS) NCW campaign reaches millions of people with positive messages about the contributions of chemistry to their daily lives.  NCW is a community-based annual event that unites ACS local sections, businesses, schools, and individuals in communicating the importance of chemistry to our quality of life.  It is the one time during the year that chemists, regardless of background, unite with the common goal of spreading the word that chemistry is good for our economy, our health and our well-being. 

The Chemical Society of Washington (CSW), along with the ACS Office of Community Activities, is planning several NCW events.  Volunteers are needed for these outreach activities.  We are in the early stages of planning the events, so watch for additional information in the October Capital Chemist, or on the Capital Chemist and CSW webpages. 

You can contribute to the NCW campaign by performing chemical demonstrations at a neighborhood school (consider having an illustrated poem contest); conducting hands-on activities with children at museums, malls, or libraries; or writing articles or letters to the editor of your local paper.  If you would like to lead an activity at your local school or library, CSW will provide you with some grade specific materials to hand out to the students, as well as some simple demonstrations that you can use. 

More information about local activities will be posted on the CSW (www.csw-acs.org) or the Capital Chemist (www.capitalchemist.org) web sites as they become available.  For further information, or to volunteer, contact the CSW NCW coordinator, Kim M. Morehouse via e-mail at Kim.Morehouse@FDA.HHS.GOV, or by phone at 240-402-1889 (day) or 301-384-7311 (evening). 

CSW participation in National Chemistry Week at Crystal City Family Festival

As part of National Chemistry Week on Sunday, October 30, 2016, CSW will once again participate in the Family Festival event in Crystal City, Arlington, VA in conjunction with the Marine Corp Marathon, from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM. CSW Volunteers will performed hands-on activities for the children who attended and distribute copies of the 'Celebrating Chemistry' newsletter and Chemistry themed items. 

To volunteer, please contact the CSW NCW Coordinator, Kim M. Morehouse via e-mail at kim.morehouse@fda.hhs.gov

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NCW 2016 Illustrated Poem Contest

Each year as part of National Chemistry Week (NCW) activities, the American Chemical Society (ACS) sponsors an illustrated poem contest for students in Kindergarten – 12th grades.   Schools are encouraged to have a contest within the school as part of their classroom studies and submit one entry per grade category.  CSW will be sponsoring a local NCW Illustrated Poem contest.  The National illustrated poem contest is focused on "Where’s the Chemistry?"  Participants are encouraged to explore topics related to the chemistry associated with forensics science.  Write and illustrate a poem using the National Chemistry Week theme, "Solving Mysteries through Chemistry."  Your poem can be in any style as long as it is no more than 40 words.  All entries must be received by the local NCW coordinator no later than Friday, November 4, 2016.  Entries should be mailed to the NCW Coordinator at the CSW office.  Winning entries from each grade category will be forwarded to the ACS for the national competition and will receive a local section award as well.  Additional information on the contest, as well as NCW, is available on the ACS web site (www.acs.org/ncw).

NCW 2016 Illustrated Poem Contest Winners

  • Arthur Jones, Fingerprints, National Christian Academy, Ft. Washington, MD, K-2nd grade category.  (PDF, 380kb)
  • Sydney Sweeney, Invisible Ink, Our Lady of Good Counsel High School, Olney, MD, 9th-12th grade category. (PDF, 184kb)

2016 CSW High School Chemistry Olympiad

Wonderful news for the 2016 CSW High School Chemistry Olympiad! 

For the second sequential year one of our local students not only attended the Study Camp but was a member of the U.S. team that participated in the International Chemistry Olympiad in Tbilisi, Georgia.  Also, four students earned High Honors by placing among the top 52 scores on the National Olympiad Examination.  Read on; details later.

The U.S. High School Chemistry Olympiad is an annual program for high school students that has been organized by the American Chemical Society (ACS) since 1984.  The CSW is proud that it has participated in this Olympiad each year.  The CSW conducts its Chemistry Olympiad at two levels; the first level is the Local Section examination in March and the second level is the U.S. National examination in the latter half of April.  For the National exam ACS allotted the CSW twenty student places with the rule that a maximum of two students can be from one school.  The Local Section examination purchased from ACS was used to select these 20 students, and we work with the high school chemistry teachers for this purpose.  E-mail letters were sent to teachers asking for the nomination of up to twenty students to take the Local Section exam, which is a multiple choice of 60 questions.  Teachers from thirteen high schools nominated a total of 133 students.  Seven of the high schools are in Maryland, five are in Virginia, and one, a new charter school, is in Washington, D.C.  The teachers administered the Local Section Exam to their students and returned the answer sheets to the CSW Coordinator Regina Cody for grading with the answer key from ACS.  From the results of this exam the 20 students were selected to take the National Exam for the CSW.  All the students who took the Local Section Exam received Certificates of Participation as did their teachers.  Those students who scored 40 or above received Certificates of Honors (40-49) or High Honors (50-60).

The National Exam was given on April 22nd in the Bioscience Education Center at the Germantown Campus of the Montgomery College.  This exam consisted of three separate parts, one written multiple choice, one written essay response, and one laboratory practical and was given in the same time period, April 19-25, across the U.S. to about 1000 students.  The ACS had a separate grading site and team to grade the National exam.  Joyce Tian from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, VA was among the 20 students who qualified for and attended the Olympiad Study Camp held at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA May 31 – June 15.  Toward the end of the Study Camp Ms. Tian was selected as a member of the 2016 U.S. Alpha Iota Team to participate in the 48th International Chemistry Olympiad held July 23-August 1 in Tbilisi, Georgia, and she earned a silver medal.  Joyce, congratulations on a very successful Olympiad!  The other three members of the U.S. team were Alex Liu of The Village School, TX, who won the eighth highest ranking gold medal, Kevin Tang of Solon High School, OH, who also won a silver medal, and Zilu Pan from Canyon Crest Academy, CA, who won a bronze medal.  The U.S. Team competed against 260 students from 66 countries.

The other three students from the Washington, DC area who earned High Honors from the National Exam are:

  • Jesse Huang from Richard Montgomery High School,
  • James Vinson from Montgomery Blair High School, and
  • Aadith Vittala from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology

The twenty students who took the U. S. National Exam for the CSW are listed in the PDF file below along with their teachers and high schools.  These students received ACS Certificates of Participation.

U.S. National Exam Students (PDF, 200kb)

2016 College Achievement Awards

The Fourth USA Science & Engineering Festival

The 4th USA Science & Engineering Festival

The USA Science & Engineering Festival will take place, April 16-17, 2016 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.  The mission of the Science & Engineering Festival is to re-invigorate the interest of our nation’s youth in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) by producing and presenting the most compelling, exciting, educational and entertaining science festival in the United States.  The American Chemical Society will once again be a sponsor and exhibitor at this event.  The Chemical Society of Washington will be partnering with ACS by providing volunteers to help man the booth and to assist with hands on activities for the children.  If you are interested in volunteering for the festival, please contact Kim Morehouse via e-mail at kim.morehouse@fda.hhs.gov.  Additional information about the Festival can be found on their website (http://www.usasciencefestival.org/). 

Project SEED

Project SEED

After being establishing in 1968, the ACS Project SEED program has helped thousands of economically disadvantaged high school students who lack exposure to scientific careers by giving them an opportunity to conduct research at academic, industrial or governmental institutions. Under SEED program, high school students participate in a scientific research project in chemistry under the direct supervision of a mentor scientist for a period of 8 weeks for the period of June-August. SEED fellows learn new skills of doing research, gain self-confidence and expand their education and career outlooks to place their foot firmly in the tough and expanding job markets.

If you have questions or would like more information about the scholarship, contact the CSW-SEED committee chair Dr. Ajay Mallia (vajaymallia@gmail.com), CSW (csw@acs.org, phone, 202-659-2650). or the ACS SEED committee office projectseed@acs.org.

Additional Information and Activities associated with Project SEED

Celebrate National Chemistry Week: October 18-24, 2015

 Celebrate National Chemistry Week October 18-24, 2015

Theme: "Chemistry Colors our World!"

 

The NCW 2015 theme is "Chemistry Colors Our World", focusing on the chemistry of food colors and fireworks, rainbows, natural dyes and pigments, and more.  The electronic version of the Celebrating Chemistry Newsletter is available from the ACS website (www.acs.org/ncw). 

Each year the American Chemical Society's (ACS) NCW campaign reaches millions of people with positive messages about the contributions of chemistry to their daily lives.  NCW is a community-based annual event that unites ACS local sections, businesses, schools, and individuals in communicating the importance of chemistry to our quality of life.  It is the one time during the year that chemists, regardless of background, unite with the common goal of spreading the word that chemistry is good for our economy, our health and our well-being. 

The Chemical Society of Washington (CSW), along with the ACS Office of Community Activities, is planning several NCW events.  Volunteers are needed for these outreach activities.  We are in the early stages of planning the events, so watch for additional information in the October Capital Chemist, or on the Capital Chemist and CSW webpages. 

You can contribute to the NCW campaign by performing chemical demonstrations at a neighborhood school (consider having an illustrated poem contest); conducting hands-on activities with children at museums, malls, or libraries; or writing articles or letters to the editor of your local paper.  If you would like to lead an activity at your local school or library, CSW will provide you with some grade specific materials to hand out to the students, as well as some simple demonstrations that you can use. 

More information about local activities will be posted on the CSW (www.csw-acs.org) or the Capital Chemist (www.capitalchemist.org) web sites as they become available.  For further information, or to volunteer, contact the CSW NCW coordinator, Kim M. Morehouse via e-mail at Kim.Morehouse@fda.hhs.gov, or by phone at 240-402-1889 (day) or 301-384-7311 (evening).

 

Photos of CSW National Chemistry Week Activities at the Marine Corps Marathon Activities in Crystal City.

 

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NCW 2015 Illustrated Poem Contest

 

The following entries for the NCW Illustrated Poem Contest were forwarded to ACS as the local section winners. There are four poems (displayed as PDF files), one for each grade category.

  • Tobias White, Grades K-2, St. John the Evangelist School, Teacher: Ms. Lauren Hall (PDF, 219Kb)
  • Siyanne Daniel, Grades 3-5, St. Mary's Catholic School, Teacher: Ms. Aja Madison (PDF, 786 Kb)
  • Arlyna Catimbang, Grades 6-8, St. John the Evangelist School, Teacher: Ms. Katie Keller (PDF, 821 Kb)
  • Angel Wen, Grades 9-12 Montgomery Blair HS, Teacher: Megan K. Hart, (PDF,3.8 Mb)

The ACS National Poetry Contest Winners may be seen here.

Each year as part of National Chemistry Week (NCW) activities, the American Chemical Society (ACS) sponsors an illustrated poem contest for students in Kindergarten – 12th grades.   Schools are encouraged to have a contest within the school as part of their classroom studies and submit one entry per grade category.  CSW will be sponsoring a local NCW Illustrated Poem contest.  The National illustrated poem contest is focused on "Where’s the Chemistry?"  Write and illustrate a poem using the National Chemistry Week theme, "Chemistry Colors our World!"  Your poem can be in any style as long as it is no more than 40 words.  All entries must be received by the local NCW coordinator no later than Friday, November 6, 2015.  Entries should be mailed to the NCW Coordinator at the CSW office.  Winning entries from each grade category will be forwarded to the ACS for the national competition and will receive a local section award as well.  Additional information on the contest, as well as NCW, is available on the ACS web site (www.acs.org/ncw). 

Entry Form for the 2015 Illustrated Poem Contest (MS Word file, 217Kb)

Chemists Celebrate Earth Day 2015

Chemists Celebrate Earth Day
a program of the American Chemical Society (ACS)
Theme: "Climate Science – It’s More than a Weather Report"

Earth Day was first officially recognized on April 22, 1970 as a way to demonstrate support for a healthy environment, raise awareness about environmental issues, and remind people that we all need to contribute to a sustainable planet.   For years, chemists have been promoting a better world through recyclable plastics, cleaner-burning fuels, phosphate-free detergents, environmental monitoring, and green chemistry initiatives. The American Chemical Society joined the Earth Day celebration on April 22, 2003.

The Chemical Society of Washington (CSW) will once again participate in Chemists Celebrate Earth Day (CCED) activities.  Chemistry is all around us and is vital to our planet’s sustainability. Whether it’s used in recyclable and biodegradable materials or through the reduction of waste, chemistry is involved in ensuring that we can be eco-friendly and kind to our environment.  CCED seeks to bring international focus to environmental causes, such as clean air, water, and energy.  ACS offers events, contests, and educational resources for members, chemical educators, and chemistry enthusiasts to illustrate the positive role that chemistry plays in preserving the Earth.  The CCED 2015 theme is "Climate Science – More Than Just A Weather Report!" exploring climate science and the role chemistry plays in the environment.  The electronic version of the Celebrating Chemistry newsletter for CCED as well as additional information about this year’s CCED celebration is available from the ACS website (www.acs.org/earthday).

 

Illustrated Poem Contest

As part of the Chemists Celebrate Earth Day activities, the American Chemical Society is sponsoring an illustrated poem contest for students in Kindergarten through 12 grades.  Students are asked to write and illustrate a poem using the Chemists Celebrate Earth Day 2015 theme, "Climate Science – It’s More Than A Weather Report."  Detailed rules and guidelines are available on the Chemists Celebrate Earth Day website; www.acs.org/earthday.  All Entries must provide the information that the ACS request via the entry form which is available via the ACS or CSW websites.  Teachers at schools in the Chemical Society of Washington area are encourage to have a contest at their school and then submit the winning entries from the school to:

Chemist Celebrate Earth Day Coordinator
Chemical Society of Washington
1155 16th Street, NW, Stop O-218
Washington, DC 20036

Electronic submissions should be sent to: Kim.Morehouse@fda.hhs.gov

All entries must be received by Monday, April 20, 2015 so winners at the local section level can be submitted to the ACS by Friday April 24, 2015.

Become a Science Coach

Help a Teacher. Inspire Students.

Share your expertise and enthusiasm for science with a teacher—become an ACS Science Coach!  As a year-long science coach, you will have the opportunity to interact with students by presenting demonstrations, helping in the lab, answering content questions, or providing real-world science examples.  Together, you and an elementary, middle, or high school teacher decide how to combine your time and talents.  ACS donates $500 to the school of every Science Coaches partnership.  To learn more about ACS Science Coaches, visit www.acs.org/ScienceCoaches.

STEM Volunteers Needed

 

The American Association for the Advancement of Science needs scientists, engineers and physicians to assist K-12 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) teachers in the District of Columbia and adjacent counties, during the 2014-15 school year.  The details of the collaboration are worked out between the teacher and the volunteer, and may involve giving demonstrations, assisting in lab experiments, lecturing on special topics, assisting with homework, etc. The hours are flexible, and volunteers attend a one-day orientation session before being assigned to schools. To see how volunteers are assisting their teachers, go to www.seniorscientist.org.  If you care about K-12 STEM education and have time to share your knowledge with students and teachers, please send a note to bcalinge@aaas.org with your home address, or call 202-326-6629.

AAAS/SSE STEM Volunteer Program
Annual Meeting
May 5, 2014

AAAS Headquarters
1200 New York Ave. NW
Washington, DC
Auditorium, 2nd Floor

Agenda:

WelcomeDon Rea4:00
AAAS National STEM
Volunteer Program
Betty Calinger4:05
STEM Integration
in K-12 Education
4:15
Break5:15
Experiences of teachers
volunteer partnerships
Teachers/Volunteers panel5:25
Adjourn6:30
Reception

High School Chemistry Mentor Needed

 APPLY NOW:
U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad (USNCO) High School Chemistry Mentor Needed
Sponsored by the American Chemical Society (ACS)

The USNCO seeks a High School Chemistry Mentor. Some of the duties and responsibilities associated with this position are:
  • Preparing students for the International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO) competition,
  • Helping to conduct a two-week study camp for the nation’s brightest twenty chemistry high school students at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado in June of 2015, 2016 and 2017,
  • Developing practice problems, theoretical and practical tests for the study camp, and
  • Accompanying the U.S. team at the IChO in July of 2016 and 2017.

Most students at the study camp have completed Advanced Placement Chemistry or the equivalent; therefore instruction at the camp is well beyond the level of high school general chemistry courses. The curriculum also includes considerable laboratory work. Successful applicants are expected to have background in one or more of the areas of organic, inorganic, analytical, physical, or biochemistry with classroom experience and should demonstrate involvement with students in special projects or activities. Applicants must be prepared to make

a three-year term commitment. ACS pays an honorarium and most expenses associated with the study camp and the IChO. Interested individuals may obtain an application and additional information at www.acs.org/olympiad or contact Margaret Thatcher, Program Administrator, at USNCO@acs.org or 202-872-6328. The deadline to submit an application is January 24, 2014. Applicants must arrange to send three letters of recommendation directly to Cecilia Hernandez, Assistant Director, Endowed Programs, Education Division, at c_hernandez@acs.org by February 7, 2014.

Additional National Chemistry Week Activities

CSW participation in National Chemistry Week at Crystal City Family Festival

As part of National Chemistry Week on Sunday, October 27, 2013, CSW participated in the Family Festival event in Crystal City, Arlington, VA in conjunction with the Marine Corp Marathon, from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM. CSW Volunteers performed hands-on activities for the children who attended and distributed over 150 CSW pencils as well as the copies of the 'Celebrating Chemistry' newsletter and NCW themed publications.  About 100 children enjoyed and learned about polymers, enjoyed making bouncy balls and color changing beads with light. 

  

 

 

Above: CSW volunteers preparing for the outreach activity. From Right Dr. Kim Morehouse (NCW-coordinator) and Eileen Morehouse 

Below: CSW volunteers demonstrating chemistry activity, From Right; Dr. Jason Schaff, Dr. Kim Morehouse and Dr. Betsy Yakes.

AAAS needs Volunteers to assist K-12 STEM Teachers

 Volunteer Opportunity

The American Association for the Advancement of Science needs scientists, engineers and physicians to assist K-12 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) teachers in the District of Columbia and adjacent counties, during the 2013-14 school year. The details of the collaboration are worked out between the teacher and the volunteer, and may involve giving demonstrations, assisting in lab experiments, lecturing on special topics, assisting with homework, etc. The hours are flexible, and volunteers attend a one-day orientation session before being assigned to schools. To see how volunteers are assisting their teachers, view the Voice of America classroom interview, www.youtube.com/watch?v=_2RlVrYKbck, or the video clips at www.seniorscientist.org. If you care about K-12 STEM education and have time to share your knowledge with students and teachers, please send a note to bcalinge@aaas.org with your home address, or call 202-326-6629.

Volunteer Opportunities for CSW Members

 

 ReSET is a non-profit organization that places volunteer scientists and engineers in Washington DC area elementary school classrooms to lead students in science and math experiments. Our goal is to show students that science and math learning is exciting and enjoyable, with the long term objective of buiiding America's science and engineering workforce of the future. We are in 25 schools in DC, Maryland and Virginia, and would like to reach more students by increasing our number of volunteers. We would welcome the opportunity to work ACS' Washington Local Section to make your D.C. area members aware of volunteer opportunities. The first part of the video on our homepage shows a chemist working in a classroom:

Thank you for considering this request.

John W. Meagher
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2013 CSW High School Chemistry Olympiad

 

2013 CSW High School Chemistry Olympiad
Contributed by Regina Cody

The U.S. Chemistry Olympiad is an annual program for high school students that has been organized by the American Chemical Society (ACS) since 1984 and is conducted through the Local Sections. The CSW has participated in the U. S. Olympiad each year.

Participants and Teachers (PDF, 10Kb)

CSW conducts its Chemistry Olympiad in two levels; the first level is the Local Section examination and the second level is the U.S. National Examination in April. For the National Exam, ACS allotted the CSW nineteen student places based upon the Section membership with the rule that a maximum of two students can be from one school. CSW used the Local Section examination purchased from ACS to select the 19 students to take the National Exam, and we asked high school chemistry teachers to select up to fourteen students for this purpose. The Local Section exam is a multiple choice of 60 questions. Teachers from sixteen high schools selected a total of 148 students. Nine of the high schools were in Maryland, five were in Virginia, and two, both private, were in Washington, D.C. From the results of the Local Section exam, the 19 students from 11 schools were selected to take the U. S. National Exam for the CSW, and it was given on April 11th at the Department of Chemistry of the Catholic University of America. Additionally, a 20th student, Kalki Seksaria, automatically qualified for the National Exam because he had attended the Study Camp in 2012. The National Exam consists of three separate parts, one written multiple choice, one written essay response, and one laboratory practical. The ACS has a separate grading site to grade the National exam. The students are to be commended for their strong interest in chemistry and endurance because the National Exam day starts with registration at 8:30 am and the last exam ends around 3:45 pm with short breaks between exams and for lunch. CSW provides a continental breakfast and lunch.

This U. S. National Exam was given in the time period of April 11-15 across the U.S. to about 1000 students. The 20 students who score the highest on the National Exam will be invited by ACS to the Study Camp, which will be held June 4-19 at the Air Force Academy in Colorado. The U.S. team of four students and two alternates for the International Chemistry Olympiad will be selected from the 20 students at the Study Camp. The 45th International Chemistry Olympiad will be held July 15–24 in Moscow, Russia. Congratulations to Kalki Seksaria of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology for being invited to attend the Study Camp for the second year!

The CSW thanks very much the individuals below who gave generously of their time and knowledge to make the CSW U.S. National Examination day possible. At Catholic University of America, Dr. Greg Brewer, Department of Chemistry Chairman, Ms. Kate Sosinsky, Laboratory Manager, and her student assistants. Dr. Robert N. Nelson, Retired, who has helped with the Olympiad Laboratory Practical for a number of years; Dr. Elinor Santor, Retired, who helped proctor and assisted with the food; Mr. Xu Duan, chemistry teacher at Holton-Arms School, who took care of the breakfast-lunch room; and Ms. Doris Anne Martin, Retired, who did the grocery shopping. The twenty students who took the U. S. National Exam on April 11th for CSW are listed in the Table (PDF, 10 Kb) along with their teachers and high schools.

 

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