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TWU’s Sarah Sutherland selected to attend national ‘green’ chemistry conference


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DENTON — Sarah Sutherland of Allen, a senior chemistry major at Texas Woman’s University, was the only student from Texas and one of only 32 students in the nation to receive a National Science Foundation Scholar Grant to attend the American Chemistry Society’s 2010 Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference.

“Ms. Sutherland was competing against graduate and post-doctoral students at top universities in the country for this grant, so for her to receive it is an indication of the quality of students in TWU’s science programs,” said Dr. Richard Sheardy, professor and chair of the TWU chemistry and physics department.

At the conference, which was held June 21-24 in Washington, D.C., Ms. Sutherland participated in workshops on becoming a green chemistry ambassador and how to incorporate green chemistry principles into the university and community.

“After attending this conference, I feel I can take my passion and work for green chemistry to a new, greener level,” Ms. Sutherland said. “I truly hope I can inspire current and future students to practice green science and to help TWU and the community become more sustainable.”

Other students selected for the conference represented institutions such as Yale University, the University of Oregon, Simmons College and Cambridge College.

The American Chemical Society’s Green Chemistry Institute® hosts the annual Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference to advocate the implementation of green chemistry and engineering into all aspects of the global chemical enterprise. For more information, visit

With more than 161,000 members worldwide the American Chemical Society (ACS) is the world’s largest scientific society. For more information, visit

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