Student Activities

During 2014, the Student Affairs Committee was involved in the following activities:

1.  Undergraduate Research Symposium
The annual undergraduate research symposium was held in May of 2014 in the California Section at the University of San Francisco.  Approximately 150+ students and faculty from the Santa Clara Valley, California, and Sacramento Sections attended the event, which featured numerous poster and oral presentations.  Many students from our section (Santa Clara University, San Jose State University, U.C. Santa Cruz, etc.) attended and gave oral and poster presentations at the conference. The conference is slated to be held in the Santa Clara Valley Section at UC Santa Cruz in May of 2015.  I have provided assistance to the UCSC organizers for the event.  

2.  Santa Clara University and San Jose State Student Member Chapters Win Awards
Two of our local section Student Member Chapters were once again recognized by the National office with Chapter awards for their activities in the 2013-2014 academic year: Santa Clara University and San Jose State University Chapters won Commendable Chapter Awards.

The SCV section is particularly proud of the hard work done by the students and faculty advisors in our student chapters; each group was involved in a wide variety of activities and provided support to the section, their departments, and the community.  

3.  Student Participation in Chemistry-Related Events
a.  The section continued to welcome student members to its monthly dinner meetings; students from local 4-year universities and community colleges were treated to dinners followed by interesting chemistry-related seminars.  Dr. Sally Peters, who oversees most of the planning associated with the monthly meetings, has been the point person for sending out the call for students.  

b.  NCW: student members assisted the section with its participation in National Chemistry Week activities.  I contacted faculty at several local universities and community colleges to ask them to encourage their students to volunteer at the event.   Approximately 20 student volunteers assisted at the Martin Luther King Library event in San Jose.  Children and their parents were treated to a morning of hands-on science demonstrations at this annual event.

c.  MLK Library event for Summer Reading Kickoff:  student members assisted the section and Dr. Abby Kennedy with hands-on science demonstrations at the library‚Äôs Summer Reading Program Kickoff on June1, 2014.  This was a slightly smaller-scale version of the NCW program that Dr. Kennedy organizes and was well received by the volunteers and attendees.

Respectfully submitted,
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Linda S. Brunauer
Student Affairs Committee Chairperson

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