Student Affiliates of American Chemical Society (SAACS)

SAACS Club Mission

The Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society (SAACS) represent a group of highly motivated students who have a desire to investigate how chemistry effects our everyday lives. Book knowledge can be learned from lectures and laboratory exercises, but SAACS wants to know the how and why of chemistry on a global scale. What are the new breakthroughs? How can cutting edge technology advance research possibilities? What effect will breakthroughs and technology have on the world? These are only a few of the questions asked by concerned members of SAACS. As a unified club we try to advocate critical thinking on controversial scientific issues. We also encourage interactions between students and support new friendships. SAACS remains in contact with the American Chemical Society via e-mail so we are brought up-to-date with any new events and special opportunities.

Dr. Sara Choung, Dr. Dale Shellhamer and ten members of the chemistry club, Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society (SAACS), attended the 241st National American Chemical Society Meeting in Anaheim,  California, in March 2011.  PLNU students making the trip were Mark Boerneke, Carli Coco, Summer Bunting, Amber Gillett, Ryne Holmberg, Parker Horn, Troy Kurz, Renae Minnema, Seth Simonds and David Vandenbroek.  The students presented a poster entitled, "Sharing Chemistry with Students in the Greater San Diego Area." The poster included some of the groups service activities, including classroom demonstrations and lesson plans for a middle school and laboratory activity and a PLNU campus tour for high school students.

Many new and exciting discoveries are happening everyday in the world of chemistry. Students should be able to learn of these discoveries in an atmosphere conducive to a higher level of thinking. The SAACS club is such an atmosphere. SAACS wants to harness the potential of students and at the same time form the leaders that will guide America through the next century.