Sophomore Receives Chemical Society’s Leadership Award

SIOUX FALLS – Rachel Hurley, a sophomore from Canton, SD, has been selected to receive the American Chemical Society’s (ACS) 2009 Student Affiliates Leadership Award.

Sponsored by the ACS’s Committee on Education Task Force, Undergraduate Programming, the award recognizes emerging leaders in the student affiliates network and helps them prepare for the leadership opportunities in volunteer organizations and in their professional career.

“The committee recognizes your contributions and skills and believes that you have tremendous potential to be a successful leader,” wrote Nancy Bakowski, ACS Unergraduate Programs office manager.

The 2009 ACS Leadership Institute will be held at the Omni Hotel in Fort Worth, Texas, January 23-25, 2009.

“This is the first time that an Augustana student has been chosen for this award,” said Jetty Duffy-Matzner, associate professor of chemistry at Augustana. “Rachel is a very bright, motivated young woman with an excellent work ethic. I have been amazed at her abilities as a chemistry/biology double major along with her ability to juggle classes, band, wind ensemble, Civitas and her intramural sports activities with much grace and enthusiasm. I am very proud of her.”

Hurley will be attending the events in Fort Worth. She is one of 14 students to receive the award.

She is an active member of Augustana's Student Affiliates Chapter, which is involved with instrument training nights, Christmas projects, homecoming activities, and Green Chemistry events. She attended the Midwest ACS regional meeting this fall and will be attending the 2009 Spring ACS national meeting in Salt Lake City over spring break.

Earlier this fall, Hurley teamed with Amanda Hammers (Redwood Falls, MN) to win first place in the Sioux Valley Local Section of the ACS’s poster session. The winning poster is titled, “Exploring the Synthesis and Characterization of Amine Modified Basic Support for Nitroadol Reactions.” The team will present the poster at the ACS spring meeting in Salt Lake City.

A Dean’s List student, Rachel is the daughter of Marilyn and Lynn Hurley. Her research last summer was funded by a Biomedical Research Infrastructure Grant from the National Institutes of Health.

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