Oct 24, 2018
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The UCLA Student Members of the American Chemical Society (SMACS) have received the ACS CGI's 2017-2018 Green Chemistry Student Chapter Award.

An indepth article about the award was published in the November 20, 2018 issue of the student-run newspaper The Daily Bruin.

SMACS was one of only 15% chapters nationwide to receive 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 have come up with many creative ways to engage members in green chemistry, including touring the co-generation plant in Westwood, which provides power, heat and cooling to the university, and holding stress-relief sessions using face masks and body lotions made with natural ingredients.

SMACS members on a tour of the UCLA cogeneration plant which provides power, heat and cooling to the university.

SMACS also received a Commendable Student Chapter Award for their efforts in chapter and professional development, and community service. 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 members volunteered at the 2017 UCLA Explore Your Universe on campus to educate children about household chemistry with demonstrations.

The award winning chapters will also be honored at the 257th ACS National Meeting in Orlando, FL.

UCLA SMACS received Green Chemistry Student Chapter Awards and Commendable Awards in 2014 and 2016.

Follow SMACS Bruins at UCLA on Facebook for more information on event updates. The SMACS 2018 Fall Schedule can be viewed below.

Photos courtesy of SMAC President Maggie Chen.