Graduate Student Hadi Fares wins the 2015 ACS Chemistry Champions Competition

After a grueling, four month competition that culminated at the 2015 fall ACS meeting, Hadi Fares (Schlenoff Group) won the 2015 ACS Chemistry Champions Competition. The contest, sponsored by the American Chemical Society as part of their Chemistry Ambassadors program, aims to educate people about the importance of chemists and chemistry.

The competition’s first two rounds required applicants to make entertaining educational videos—the first about their research and the second chemical element. From these videos, eight semifinalists were selected and flown to ACS headquarters in Washington, D.C. where they made presentations to ACS staff. Four finalists were then selected to compete in the finals.

The finals took place during the 250th ACS National Meeting in Boston. Hadi and the other three finalists were told that, in order to win, one of them would need to receive the most votes in four different venues: a second Youtube video on their research and separate presentations at the Boston Museum of Science, the ACS exposition floor, and the District Hall in Boston (which was also streamed online).

Hadi emerged as the winner and received a 3D-printed Chemistry Champions trophy, a membership to the National Academy of Sciences' Science & Entertainment Exchange, and a trip to Washington, DC to network with professional science communications staff at ACS. He has also been invited to host an here.

Congratulations, Hadi! (far right, Photo credit: Christine Brennan Schmidt)

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