Special recognition for PSU Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society
Author: Tam Rankin
Posted: December 23, 2014

The American Chemical Society (ACS) Committee on Education has selected the Portland State University chapter of Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society (SAACS) to receive special recognition for their 2013-14 programs and activities. They will be honored at the 249th ACS National Meeting in Denver, CO, on Sunday, March 22, 2015.

In addition, because student involvement in applying green chemistry principles and practice is so essential to integrating environmentally benign technologies in academia and industry, the ACS Green Chemistry Institute has recognized SAACS for having engaged in green chemistry activities in the 2013-14 academic year.

Congratulations to Portland State's Commendable award-winning SAACS chapter.


It is the goal of the Portland State Chapter of the Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society to bring together students and faculty with a love of chemistry. We aim to broaden the horizons of our members through interaction with the local Portland Chapter of the ACS in both social events and educational opportunities. We strive to provide a social outlet for our members by participating in chemistry-themed extracurricular activities. We endeavor to enrich the community through outreach programs with local K-12 students, as well as with the general populace.

We value the practices of hard work and teamwork, and foster a community among chemists by creating a welcoming environment to any and all nerds, geeks, and other science enthusiasts. Our chapter meets three times a quarter to hear about current research by distinguished scientists, upcoming research and volunteer opportunities around campus and the city, as well as to socialize with others within the science realm.

Current Officers

  • Clarissa Karpinski (President, Chemistry)
  • Eunice Lee (Vice President, Chemistry)
  • Teagan Neal (Secretary, Biochemistry)
  • Cass Wistar Oliveira (Treasurer, Chemistry)
  • Victor Benavides-Montes (Demonstration Coordinator, Chemistry)

Send an e-mail with the subject line “Add Me!” to to be added to the chapter's weekly newsletter list.

About the Department of Chemistry

The Portland State University Department of Chemistry maintains a teaching program of excellence at the undergraduate level and a graduate program emphasizing cutting-edge research in the chemistry of the environment, novel materials and biological systems. The Department's curriculum, faculty, library, and facilities of the department are approved by the American Chemical Society. | | 503-725-8756

Give to the Chemistry department