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ACS Students Travel to Salt Lake City

Senior chemistry majors Joshua Judkins of Selma, NC, Sonya Adas of Waterville, OH, Jeff Wilson of Carnegie, PA, Lisa Meyers of Leipsic, OH and Sam Manzer of Ada, OH recently traveled to Salt Lake City, Utah, for the American Chemical Society (ACS) National Conference.

ACS holds a national conference every six months, alternating between the east and west regions. The students from ONU fundraised throughout the year in order to attend the 237th National Conference in the west region. While in Salt Lake City, they attended symposia, research talks, luncheons, industry gatherings, undergraduate socials and poster sessions.

At one such poster session, Wilson, Meyers and Manzer presented a poster entitled, “Computational and spectroscopic investigation of the solvatochromic properties of methoxy substituted benzofluorenones.” An awards ceremony was also held at the conference, at which the ONU ACS affiliate chapter was named “commendable,” the second-highest ranking possible.

“The chemical community is small and tight-knit, so sending people and being recognized is a great thing,” says Judkins.

The students were accompanied by Dr. Tevye Celius, ACS advisor and chemistry professor.

The conference also provided a variety of networking opportunities for the students to gain access to professionals working in their fields of interest. ACS is the largest scientific society in the world and seeks to unite chemists from across the United States and select international locations. The society publishes chemical journals and provides benefits such as insurance plans and credit cards to its members.


From left to right: Jeff Wilson, Lisa Meyers, Sam Manzer and Dr. Tevye Celius.

ACS presenters


From left to right: Jeff Wilson, Lisa Meyers, Jeff Raker (ONU alumni), Josh Judkins, Dr. Tevye Celius, Sonya Adas, Sam Manzer

ACS students