Oct 31, 2019
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UCLA SMACS receives their first outstanding performance rating from the ACS as well as a 2018-19 Green Chemistry Student Chapter Award.
The Student Members of the American Chemical Society (SMACS) at UCLA received the American Chemical Society (ACS) Green Chemistry Institute (GCI) award, given to student groups which promote green chemistry on campus. Over the past year, SMACS provided many creative ways to engage members in green chemistry, including hosting a presentation and scavenger hunt which revolved around the principles of green chemistry both in the laboratory and at home, holding a stress-relief night to discuss green chemistry in the cosmetic industry and make face masks and lip scrub with natural ingredients, and inviting the Biodiesel Project lead from the Renewable Energy Association (REA) to discuss their project to produce biodiesel from waste oils at UCLA dining halls.
SMACS also received their first outstanding performance rating from the ACS for their efforts in community service, professional development, and chapter development. SMACS holds weekly meetings during which they regularly invite faculty and industry speakers to introduce research projects and job opportunities in chemistry and related fields. In addition, they volunteer at university events and K-12 science fairs to encourage children in the Los Angeles county to pursue STEM professions.
SMACS officers - Top (left to right): Jason Wu, Christian Blair, Jay Patel, Ghattas Malki, Zain Khalifeh; Middle (left to right): Hengjian (Jane) Li, Adele Nguyen, Michelle Tang, Tatiana Velasquez and Zheng (Zenny) Dong; Front: Maggie Chen and Rachel McAllister.
The award-winning chapters will also be honored at the ACS National Meeting in Philadelphia, PA on March 22, 2020. UCLA SMACS received Green Chemistry Student Chapter Awards and Commendable Awards in 2014, 2016, and 2018. This is their first outstanding performance rating.
SMACS member activities during the 2018-2019 year included a cupcake sale fundraiser and volunteering at the department's annual Seaborg Medal Award dinner.
Follow SMACS Bruins at UCLA on Facebook for more information on event updates. Weekly meetings are held Wednesdays from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Young Hall 2033. The SMACS 2019 Fall Schedule can be viewed below.
Many thanks to SMACS Vice President Luke Elissiry for providing the photos and article.