The Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society (SAACS) group is going to host 2011 “Chemistry Mentoring Day” on Wednesday, April 27th, 2011 in Buehler Hall.
This year, 28 students from 7 local high schools and their teachers will participate. Students will have the opportunity to take tours of research laboratories, enjoy talks with chemistry faculty, facilities demonstrations, a one-on-one question and answer session with current students during lunch, and a visit to an actual introductory chemistry lecture.
“On Mentoring Day, we invite high school students who are interested in chemistry at the post-secondary level to visit our department and get a feel for what “college chemistry” is really like. ” Professor Michael Best, faculty advisor of SAACS said.
Not only a good opportunity for high school students to get a taste of college, Mentoring Day also serves as a valuable form of outreach for the Chemistry Department.
James Humble, SAACS event coordinator, has been part of Mentoring Day for four years. “It is always interesting to see the look of awe that these students usually have upon entering a real research lab for the first time. It always makes me smile.” Humble said.