RWU Chemistry Students Catalyze Science Education

The Roger Williams University Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society (SA-ACS) chapter was recognized with an Outstanding Award for their work to deepen community scientific literacy

By Anna Cohen
Students from SA-ACS

Sometimes chemistry looks like flasks of fluorescent green liquid and sometimes it looks like 60 local girl scouts developing their confidence. The RWU Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society (SA-ACS) made both of these experiences happen during the 2018-2019 school year, along with many other education and outreach initiatives. 

The RWU SA-ACS chapter works to promote scientific literacy in the local community. On top of weekly meetings, projects include on-campus chemistry demonstrations and programs with local elementary and high school students. The chapter provides study sessions, encourages research, offers professional development opportunities and hosts fun social activities. 

“These events bring the students a sense of accomplishment, camaraderie, and community,” said 2018-2019 SA-ACS President Hiba Wakidi. 

SA-ACS in Pictures

The combination of social and professional opportunities makes this club a memorable and meaningful experience. Students network with like-minded peers as well as industry professionals, making lifelong connections. 

“I met some of my best friends at RWU through SA-ACS and it is so fun to see them continuing their work in graduate programs and companies across the country,” said Meagan Hackey, 2017-2018 SA-ACS President. “I remain an ACS member today as a result of my experience as a student affiliate and their national network provides innumerable support to students in the sciences. I rely on their resources and databases daily in graduate school.”

The American Chemical Society (ACS) Committee on Education recognized the efforts of the 2018-2019 RWU chapter with their highest honor: the Outstanding Award.  Awarded to only 57 out of over 1,000 chapters, this honor recognizes the RWU chapter’s exceptional work. 

“The award represents a culmination of efforts from students and faculty members who work hard planning events, reaching out to the local community, and securing multiple funding sources to make all this work happen,” said Wakidi.