By: Alyssa Doyle, ECS Membership Intern
ECS would like to congratulate the 2017 Outstanding Student Chapter winner, the University of Maryland for their dedication and commitment to the advancement of solid state and electrochemical science and technology.
The award (formerly The Gwendolyn B. Wood Section Excellence Award) was first created in 2012 to distinguish student chapters that represent and uphold ECS’s mission by maintaining an active student membership base, participating in various technical activities, and organizing community outreach in the fields of electrochemical and solid state science and engineering education.
The University of Maryland student chapter has come a long way since its initial approval in 2011 and has become one of ECS’s most exemplary chapters. The chapter previously won the Outstanding Student Chapter award in 2013 and has been a Chapter of Excellence for the last three years.
Over the past year, the student members have set themselves apart from other chapters worldwide as a result of their efforts and initiative. Several of their accomplishments include:
- Regularly hosting events, like the annual Center for Research in Extreme Batteries (CREB) Meeting, and participating in talks with esteemed figures in ECS’s fields of interest, such as Gilbert Mears, Legislative Fellow for Rep. Donald S Beyer (VA)
- Conducting valuable outreach activities, like NIST’s Adventures in Science, at middle school, high school and college levels
- Facilitating work on ECS Meeting presentations and submitting several articles to Interface
- Furthering and spreading community awareness of ECS’s mission
- Organizing student membership mixers and events
The chapter will receive $1,000 for student chapter funding and a recognition plaque as well as recognition in Interface for their hard work. The award will be presented at the 232nd ECS Meeting this October in National Harbor, MD.
ECS is very proud of the University of Maryland Student Chapter. Congratulations, once again!
If you’re interested in learning more about our awards, please click here for more information about rules and requirements for applying.