Re-introducing NOBCChE WSU student chapter
The National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE) is a professional organization founded to promote the inclusiveness of Black and minority students in STEM. The WSU NOBCChE student chapter was resuscitated in the 2017-18 academic year and enjoys the goodwill of the Department of Chemistry and the College of Liberal Art and Sciences.
The student body has organized professional talks over the past four years through its lectureship series, where professionals from academia and industry impart professional principles and ideas on the budding scientists.
Although the activities for the 2019-20 academic year were disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, WSU’s student chapter of NOBCChE hosted an erudite scholar from Louisiana State University, Professor Isiah Warner, for a lectureship program. In addition, members participated in community engagement/volunteer service at Cass Technical High School, where they mentored students in preparation for their 2020 Detroit Metro Science Fair. The highlight of the year was the institution of a $1,000 scholarship for eligible, incoming Black/minority.
The baton of leadership of the organization was recently passed, with the organization electing Fredricka Morgan as its president.
By Saheed A. Ayodeji