Colorado State University-Pueblo American Chemical Society student chapter honored

Colorado State University-Pueblo American Chemical Society student chapter honored

PUEBLO – The American Chemical Society (ACS) student chapter at Colorado State University-Pueblo earned an Honorable Mention Award for its activities conducted during the 2011-12 academic year.

During the 2011-12 academic year, more than 362 reports were submitted by chapters. The Society Committee on Education presented 46 outstanding, 81 commendable, and 114 honorable mention awards. Lists of award-winning chapters will be published in Chemical and Engineering News and in the November/December issue of inChemistry, the student member magazine. Award-winning chapters also will be honored at the 245th ACS National meeting in New Orleans next April.

Faculty advisors David Lehmpuhl and David Dillon earned special commendation for the commitment of time and energy they expended to produce a successful student chapter. Throughout the 2011-2012 academic year, the club increased its membership and became involved in the campus and community through a variety of activities, earning the University’s Student Leadership Award for being the club with the highest membership increase.

Among the year’s activities, the club performed numerous demonstrations (Chemical Jeopardy and Chemical Magic Shows) to middle and high school students visiting the campus throughout the year as well as a special Earth Day demonstration. The chapter participated in a water well sampling project, in which club members tested 35 wells in Huerfano County to establish a baseline for presence of certain substances in well water prior to the onset of any hydraulic fracturing that may take place in the future in that area. The Chemistry Club's involvement was limited to sample collection and preservation and a limited amount of field testing  as preserved samples were delivered to a licensed commercial lab in Steamboat Springs for chemical analysis. 

More information on ACS Undergraduate Programs may be obtained by calling Nancy Bakowski at 202-872-6166 or

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