The 2001 National Chemistry Week

Poster Contest

“Celebrating Chemistry:  Then and Now”



For elementary, middle, and high school students


“The real purpose of looking back is not of course, merely to obtain satisfaction from reflecting on past triumphs; rather, it is to discover as many clues as possible to the likely developments of the future”---Glenn T. Seaborg, 1976 ACS President



Chemistry—It’s part of everything that you see, touch, taste, or smell.  Chemicals make up the food that you eat; the clothes you wear; the computer you use; the medicines you take, and your body.  As part of NCW-2001, and in recognition of the 125th Anniversary Celebration of the American Chemical Society, students are invited to draw a poster illustrating how chemists and/or chemistry have contributed to positive changes in the quality of our lives in the past 125 years.


Participants might consider carrying out the theme by using topics such as: 


¨       Communications: Then and Now

¨       Cooking: Then and Now

¨       Great Chemists:  Then and Now

¨       Health Care: Then and Now

¨       Medicine: Then and Now

¨       Technology: Then and Now

¨       The Chemist’s Workplace:  Then and Now

¨       The Image of a Chemist:  Then and Now

¨       Transportation:  Then and Now


… or by choosing some topic of their own.




Winners will be selected in each of the following categories:

·         K – 2nd grade

·         3rd – 5th grade

·         6th – 8th grade

·         9th – 12th grade


Entry Guidelines

·         Contest is open to all students in Bryan/College Station and surrounding area.  If you have a question concerning whether or not the student is eligible, please call/e-mail Dr. Keeney-Kennicutt (contact info below).

·         Posters must be no larger than 14 x 22 inches in size

·         Entries must be drawn using crayons, paint, colored pencils or markers

·         Only one entry per student will be accepted

·         All entries must have the following information included on the back of the poster:  student’s name, grade, home address, telephone number; and name of school, and school telephone number

·         Posters and descriptions must be submitted by December 15, 2001
to:     Dr. Wendy L. Keeney-Kennicutt
          Coordinator, National Chemistry Week

              Department of Chemistry

              Texas A&M University

              College Station, TX  77843-3255




     Note:  Posters received by November 5, 2001 will be prominently displayed at the Chemistry Open House on November 10, 2001.


·         All posters become the property of the American Chemical Society

·         Acceptance of prizes constitutes consent to use winners’ names, likenesses and entries for editorial, advertising and publicity purposes


Entries will be judged based upon:

·         Originality and Creativity

·         Relevance to and incorporation of theme

·         Visual Impact and Neatness


The winning poster in each grade category at the local level will be submitted to the ACS (American Chemical Society) Office of Community Activities in Washington, DC.  All posters will be displayed during the 223rd ACS national meeting in Orlando, April 7-11, 2002, at the Orange County Convention Center.  One winner and one honorable mention will be selected for each grade category during the Orlando meeting.




Local Winners (one in each category)

·         $100 Savings Bond

Honorable Mentions (one in each category)

·         $50 Savings Bond


All entrants will receive a certificate of appreciation for the work and effort spent on her/his poster.  We hope to take digital pictures of all the entries and put them on this website, so that everyone can see how talented our students in the Brazos Valley really are.  If we receive the entry early, by November 1, the poster will be posted at the Chemistry Open House for all to see.


National Winners

·         $500 Savings Bond

Honorable Mentions

·         $100 Gift Certificate redeemable for National Chemistry Week items


To ensure that your child is invited to participate, contact me (Dr. Wendy Keeney-Kennicutt) at the above information or call the ACS Office of Community Activities at 1-800-227-5558, ext. 6097 for details.