National Chemistry Poster Contest

October 12, 2010

J. Andrew Young

National Chemistry Poster Contest

VALDOSTA -- Area students, kindergarten through 12th-grade, are invited to participate in a nationwide poster contest in celebration of National Chemistry Week Oct. 17-23.

American Chemical Society (ACS) Chapters throughout the country are hosting local competitions; the winners of area contests will advance to the national contest in Washington, DC. Chemistry Professor Linda DelaGarza is organizing the Valdosta event, which will be held for contestants on Thursday, Oct. 21, in VSU’s Hugh C. Bailey Science Center, room 3025.

The American Chemical Society (ACS) chose this year’s theme, “Behind the Scenes with Chemistry,” to encourage students to develop fun, motivational and informative posters that depict the roles chemistry plays in special effects used in movies and television shows. Students should consider how chemistry impacts make up artistry, special effects and set designs.

Interested participants must submit posters by Wednesday, Oct. 20, to the Valdosta State University Chemistry Department , 1500 N. Patterson St. N, Valdosta, Ga. First and second-place winners of each of four age brackets will receive $100 and $50 savings bonds, respectively, and their posters will be submitted to the national contest held in late October.

Go to the ACS website,, for more information about the nationwide contest. Call DelaGarza at (229) 333-5340 or e-mail her at for information about the local competition.

ACS -- the world’s largest scientific society -- is a non-profit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress as a global leader in providing access to chemistry-related research through its multiple databases, peer-reviewed journals and scientific conferences. The group has held the poster contest since 1990 as a way of energizing children about chemistry and its implications on everyday life.