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At the 5/31/00 meeting of the ACS Southern Indiana Executive
Committee, I led a discussion on the topic "What do we
want from the
society?" Four of the six people on our Executive Committee
are graduate students, and what follows is a summary of their
We first discussed the purpose of both the ACS and our local
section. A mechanism to form a sense of community among chemists
seen as one of the major purposes of the ACS. The ACS is viewed
as a kind of union; it caters to people who are already chemists.
purpose of our local section is to serve as a bridge between
people in chemistry at Indiana University and people in high
industry. We felt that we succeed on some levels, most notably
in our National Chemistry Week activities and the sponsorship
industry tours and seminar speakers.
What incentives are there to join or remain in ACS?
In general, it was felt that ACS really doesn't offer many incentives
for graduate students to join. One person openly stated that
really doesn't care about graduate students. If they are paying
money to belong to an organization, they want to know clearly
benefits they are getting. C&EN was definitely not seen
as an incentive. The graduate students viewed it as very business-oriented
not very chemistry-oriented. They favored offering members the
option of another ACS journal instead of C&EN.
The expense of attending the national meetings was seen as a
deterrent, but the national meetings themselves are considered
interviews at the national meetings are helpful They expressed
a desire for monetary support or a discount for the meeting
hotels. At the
least, the shuttle buses should run to the cheaper hotels. A
comment about the exhibits at the national meetings: "There
is less good stuff
being handed out!" The book stands at the exhibits were
lauded. The regional meetings were not considered all that attractive
On a different topic, one student felt that the ACS should do
more to foster industry-high school relations and help more
with the reform
of high school education.
I thought you would be interested in the opinions of some of
our younger, active members.
Gary Wiggins, Chair, ACS Southern Indiana Section