DUBUQUE, Iowa – The Loras College Chemistry Club earned a “Commendable” performance rating from the American Chemical Society (ACS) for the first time in the club’s history.
“Commendable” is the second-highest rating an ACS student chapter can receive. Of the 500 student chapters around the world, only the top 30 percent reach that level. The highest possible rating of “Outstanding” is bestowed on the top 10 percent.
“All of the chemistry faculty are so incredibly proud of the club’s hard work,” Adam Moser, Ph.D., associate professor of chemistry, said. “A majority of high-ranking chapters are from much larger institutions that draw from greater student and faculty populations. This rating is proof of how far the club has come.”
ACS based its rankings on the performance of the organization during the 2018-2019 academic year. The club previously earned the “Honorable Mention” ranking for the 2017-18 year, which placed it in the top 50 percent of student chapters.
Founded in 1876 and chartered by the U.S. Congress, ACS is the world’s largest scientific society. Its mission is to advance the broader chemistry enterprise and its practitioners for the benefit of Earth and its people.
ACS student chapters are organizations for undergraduate students with interest in the chemical sciences. Members participate in a wide range of programs and activities that enhance their college experience and prepare them for successful careers.
The current club officers are Zachary Ney (’20), president; Keighley Lipetzky (’20), archivist; Kylie Holubar (’21), communication officer; Gabriel Smith (’20), treasurer; and Sarah Krieger (’20), event planner.
The 2018 club officers were Ariel Carter (’19), president; Greta Becker (’19), archivist; Ney, communications officer; Smith, treasurer; and Audrey Miller (’19), event planning.