The American Chemical Society has awarded the Claflin University Girls Embracing Maturity, Strength and Scholarship (GEMSS) program with its Women Chemist Committee Chemluminary Award. The award was given to the Claflin GEMSS program for its outstanding efforts to expose young elementary school girls to science.
“It is certainly wonderful that the American Chemical Society has acknowledged our efforts,” said Dr. Angela Peters, chair of the University's Chemistry Department. “But our real reward is seeing young ladies get excited about science and discussing their futures as doctors, researchers and engineers.”
The GEMSS program at Claflin teaches 50 girls in grades 3-8 to become leaders in science and math, in addition to building positive character traits. The girls participated in workshops, where they used advanced equipment such as UV-Vis spectrometers and X-ray fluorescence. Peters also accompanied the GEMSS students to Cape Canaveral to learn about robotics and chemistry.
The Women Chemist Committee serves the membership of the American Chemical Society. Its mission is to be leaders in attracting, developing, promoting and advocating for women in the chemical sciences. The award was presented to the South Carolina Section of the American Chemical Society at the organization's summer meeting in San Diego.