The Texas A&M University Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) has been recognized for its noteworthy excellence in programs, activities and participation levels with a national 2013 SPE Outstanding Student Chapter Award.

The group was honored along with other award-winning student chapters at the SPE's annual technical (ANTEC) conference, held April 22-25 in Cincinnati. Chapter president Jacqueline Pope, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Chemistry and a member of Texas A&M chemist Dr. Janet Bluemel's research group, accepted the award on the organization's behalf.

The coveted award is designed as an annual self-evaluation tool for student chapters and intended to reward successful chapters for their effective management efforts while also strengthening each chapter in its future pursuits.

Texas A&M's SPE chapter (TAMU SPE) is a student organization dedicated to promoting awareness of polymer science and engineering with monthly technical meetings, interaction with industry professionals through consortia and plant visits, and participation in national conferences. One of its main initiatives is a monthly seminar series intended to provide SPE members and the overall student body with technical and practical knowledge related to the polymer industry -- experience which has enabled students to gain an understanding on industrial processes and concerns, to be aware of opportunities regarding polymer-related careers for scientists and engineers, and to create networking opportunities between students, industry leaders and faculty.

To learn more about the Texas A&M chapter, go to http://plastics.tamu.edu.

For more on the national SPE organization, visit http://www.4spe.org/.


Contact: Shana K. Hutchins, (979) 862-1237 or shutchins@science.tamu.edu

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