October 29, 2014 at 3:00pm

Millikin University's student chapter of the American Chemical Society (ACS) received a Green Chemistry Award for its events and activities conducted during the 2013-2014 academic year. The Millikin chapter has received a Green Chemistry Award in 11 of the last 13 years.

The ACS Green Chemistry Institute recognized 97 chapters that successfully engaged in three or more green chemistry activities. These chapters will be honored at the 249th ACS National Meeting and Exposition in Denver, Colo., in March 2015.

"Today's students will be tomorrow's leaders in practicing safer, cleaner, and cheaper chemistry," said Dr. George Bennett, Millikin professor of chemistry. "This award demonstrates that Millikin students are already leading their undergraduate peers toward chemistry that is more environmentally, economically, and socially responsible."

Millikin's student chapter hosted a variety of activities during the 2013-2014 academic year. As part of those activities, the chapter brought in guest speakers to discuss why chemistry is important and to share research. The Millikin chapter also made several visits to schools and libraries to present live chemistry demonstrations.

The current officers of Millikin University's ACS student chapter are as follows.
  • President: Emily Talbott, a junior biology major from Champaign, Ill.
  • Vice President: Sarah Hickey, a senior biology major from Highland, Ill.
  • Secretary: Olivia Waszczuk, a senior biology major from Roselle, Ill.
  • Treasurer: Joel Bagah-Kognagba, a junior biology major from Merrillville, Ind.
  • Faculty Advisor: Dr. Timothy Guasco, Millikin assistant professor of chemistry

"We are excited to continue on our green chemistry tradition, and we are thrilled to have won this award 11 times out of the 13 years it has been given," said Emily Talbott. "We will continue to share the knowledge of green chemistry and spread the fact that chemistry can be fun and exciting."

With more than 161,000 members, the American Chemical Society is the world's largest scientific society and one of the world's leading sources of authoritative scientific information. A nonprofit organization, chartered by Congress, ACS is at the forefront of the evolving worldwide chemical enterprise and the premier professional home for chemists, chemical engineers and related professions around the globe.

The Society publishes numerous scientific journals and databases, convenes major research conferences and provides educational, science policy and career programs in chemistry.

For more information on the American Chemical Society, visit acs.org.