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Catawba Chemistry Student Still Making News

February 26, 2014

Category: Academics, Chemistry, Students


amberwmson14b.jpgCatawba student Amber Williamson, a junior chemistry major from Lexington,  who was selected and participated in the 2014 American Chemical Society's (ACS) Leadership Institute in January in Dallas, Texas, has been recognized  again. She has been asked to serve as a liaison for the American Chemical  Society.

Williamson will serve on the ACS Society Committee on Education Undergraduate  Programs Advisory Board. She is the only student liaison to this board  which is also comprised of 8-12 faculty members and an industry representative. Her  role will be to suggest ideas to the Advisory Board about student-planned and/or  hosted programming; assist in identifying student volunteers; gather student  feedback for the Advisory Board; assist in planning the undergraduate social;  and help identify general programming that may be appropriate for undergraduates.

In her new role as student liaison to the Advisory Board, Williamson will  also attend the 248th ACS National Meeting &  Exposition in August in San  Francisco, Calif., and the 249th ACS National Meeting & Exposition in March,  2015, in Denver, Colo.

Williamson was one of only 16 students in the country to receive  the 2014 Student Leadership Award and be invited to attend the aforementioned  leadership institute that recognizes emerging leaders in the ACS student chapter  network. She was also one of five Catawba College students who spent this past  summer interning at  the North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC - a collaborative of 18 corporate,  academic healthcare partners working to improve human health and nutrition)  in Kannapolis helping to gather and organize data in a project that will ultimately  result in a knowledge database to help improve human nutrition. She was a part  of the $1.5 million Plant Pathways Elucidation Project (P2EP), a program that  brought together university scientists, industry professionals and students  from a variety of North Carolina colleges and universities, in a new collaborative  research model.