5 Ways to Expand Your Student Chapter

student-twitter-adEvery ECS student chapter is eligible to receive up to $1,000 USD in funding per year!

A great way to take advantage of this funding is to use it towards new member recruitment meetings and events. Increasing your chapter size with dedicated students is important because it can help your chapter work towards earning the ECS Outstanding Student Chapter Award with fresh ideas and minds!

  1. Consider having an open meeting a couple of times a year for recruitment.
  2. At these meetings offer free food and drinks as an incentive to coming.
  3. Offer a giveaway. A giveaway could be something like an ECS t-shirt or pen.
  4. Bring in a guest speaker that may spark interest in your ECS chapter on campus.
  5. Free food and drinks.

Most importantly, let them know what ECS is all about!

A couple of key benefits to joining ECS to focus on for recruitment:

  • Eligible for student grants, fellowships and awards
  • Generous discounts to present abstracts at biannual ECS meetings
  • Networking opportunities
  • Complimentary article processing waiver to publish an open access paper in an ECS journal

All of these incentives can be fully paid for by ECS with approval by submitting an ECS Reimbursement Form.

ECS Student Chapters Expanding

student-chaptersAt the 227th ECS Meeting in Chicago, IL, the ECS Board of Directors voted to approve our newest ECS student chapters. Welcome to ECS:

  • Belgium Student Chapter – Sebastien Moitzheim, Chapter President
  • Illinois Institute of Technology Student Chapter – Lin Chen, Chapter President

Are you looking to start your own ECS student chapter? The next opportunity is right around the corner.

Time-frame for approval at the 228th ECS Meeting in Phoenix, AZ:

  • Student Chapter Applications Due to ECS Headquarters – Friday, September 4, 2015
  • Individual Membership Committee Approval – Monday, October 12, 2015
  • Board of Directors Approval – Thursday, October 16, 2015
  • Notification of Status – Week of October 19, 2015

For more information about student chapters, contact Beth Fisher at beth.fisher@electrochem.org.

Why Students Join ECS!

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Top 30* includes student chapters such as the Research Triangle Student Chapter. Officers include Isvar Cordova, Dominica H. C. Wong, James Daubert, and Marty Dufficy.

“I joined ECS because of its reputation in the field of electrochemistry and its focus on supporting its members. While a member of ECS, I have had the opportunity to meet and talk with experts in the field of electrochemistry that I would not have been able to do if I was not an ECS member. ECS provides opportunities for students to not only interact with local electrochemists, but to also travel to international meetings to meet and talk with experts in the field.”

James Daubert, PhD student
North Carolina State University

ECS staff recently analyzed membership data to determine which universities had the greatest presence within the society. Here is what we discovered:

 Top 30* Universities by ECS Student Members

Rank University Number of Students Country ECS Student Chapter
1 University of Virginia 32 United States Yes
2 Colorado School of Mines 30 United States Yes
3 University of Arkansas 29 United States Yes
4 University of Maryland 26 United States Yes
5 Illinois Institute of Technology 20 United States Yes
6 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 19 United States No
7 Case Western Reserve University 17 United States Yes
8 University of Calgary 16 Canada Yes

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Join the ECS Montreal Student Chapter for the 5th ECS Montreal Student Symposium.

Montreal Student Chapter Symposium 2015

This is an annual meeting for electrochemistry and materials science students in Montreal, Canada.

Abstract submission is now open until May 27, 2015. Submissions may be emailed here.

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