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CWU Students Honored at National Chemistry Convention

Thirteen Central Washington University chemistry students presented research results at the 245th American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting in New Orleans last month. 
The CWU Chemistry Club, which is a student-affiliate chapter of the ACS, received a Commendable Chapter Award from the ACS for its 2011-2012 activities. The 2011-12 award winning chapters were recognized at the ACS Student Chapter Award Ceremony held at this meeting, and CWU chapter president senior Amber Wilson, a senior from Bellevue, accepted the award.
There are more than 900 ACS student-affiliate chapters nationwide.  In 2011-12, only 362 of them submitted annual reports of their activities. Of those, 81 received commendable awards.  CWU is proud to be among the top student chapters in the nation. CWU chemistry professors Dion Rivera and Tim Sorey are the chapter advisors.
The CWU students cobbled together funding from five different funding sources in order to attend the meeting in Louisiana. 
The other CWU students who attended the meeting were seniors James Agren, from Roy; Kayla Akkerman, Covington; Leslie Ardon, Federal Way; Troy Kilburn, Lake Stevens; Joshua Peters, Tacoma; and James Siegenthaler, Poulsbo; graduate students Hector Casique, Rock Island; Michael Frank, Selah; Daniel Hinz, Monroe; Kristin Sigurjonsson, Kenmore; and Hsiang Teng, Selah; and post baccalaureate student Hoi Yi Ting, Hong Kong.
Media contact: Robert Lowery, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-1487,

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