September 20, 2016

Jessica Pope
Communications and Media Relations Coordinator

American Chemical Society Sponsors Illustrated Poem Contest

VALDOSTA — The Southwest Georgia section of the American Chemical Society will celebrate National Chemistry Week 2016 with an illustrated poem contest.

Area elementary, middle, and high school students are encouraged to participate in this annual event by writing and illustrating a poem inspired by this year’s National Chemistry Week theme, “Solving Mysteries Through Chemistry.” Submissions must be 40 words or less and written in haiku, limerick, ode, ABC poem, free verse, end rhyme, or blank verse form. Participants are encouraged to explore topics related to DNA, fingerprints, art forgeries, pigments, and invisible ink.

All illustrated poem contest entries are due by Friday, Oct. 14. A panel of judges representing Valdosta State University’s Department of Chemistry and the American Chemical Society will evaluate the entries for their relevance to and incorporation of the theme, word choice and imagery, colorful artwork, adherence to poem style, originality and creativity, and overall presentation. A $50 cash prize will be awarded to the first place winner in each of four categories — kindergarten through second grade, third through fifth grade, sixth through eighth grade, and ninth through 12th grade.

Winners will advance to the national contest in Washington, D.C. Their teachers will each receive a $50 gift card to the educational store of their choice.      

National Chemistry Week is Oct. 16-22.

Please visit for complete contest rules and an entry form.

Illustrated poems and completed entry forms should be submitted to Dr. Linda de la Garza, Department of Chemistry, Valdosta State University, 1500 N. Patterson St., Valdosta, Georgia, 31698. 

The American Chemical Society is committed to “improving people’s lives through the transforming power of chemistry.” It advances science through peer-reviewed journals, research, conferences, grants, awards, and educational resources; advocates for chemistry by supporting innovation, science education, and environmentally and socially responsible public policy; educates the public through public outreach programs; supports future chemists with free educational resources, mentoring programs, student chapters, and high school chemistry clubs; promotes diversity through the empowerment of a diverse and inclusive membership and promoting innovation and advancement in the chemical sciences; and enables career development through personal consulting, career fairs, jobs database, and professional development courses.

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