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UT Martin faculty lead the way to chemistry awards


Contact 1: Erin Chesnut

MARTIN, Tenn. — The American Chemical Society Kentucky Lake Local Section recently received three ChemLuminary awards during the 254th American Chemical Society National Meeting and Exposition held in Washington, D.C. These awards recognize successful events and programs hosted by the society’s 185 local sections.

Drs. Robbie Montgomery, Abigail Shelton, Phillip Shelton and Genessa Smith, faculty members in the University of Tennessee at Martin Department of Chemistry and Physics, serve as councilor, past chair, chair and chair-elect of the section, respectively.

The Kentucky Lake Local Section was named a finalist in four ChemLuminary divisions and earned awards in the “Outstanding Public Outreach Event Organized by a Student Group” and “Best National Chemistry Week Event Organized by a Student Group” categories. The section also earned “Outstanding Performance by Local Section (Medium Small Size),” beating 46 other sections in this size division.

The section won the outstanding public outreach category for hosting a meeting where the UT Martin chapter of the Student Members of the American Chemical Society organized a water symposium last March, which featured three outside speakers and a panel discussion detailing the chemistry of the Flint, Michigan, water crisis. Dr. S. K. Airee, professor of chemistry, served as SMACS adviser and assisted with the symposium.

The section also partnered with SMACS in 2016 to host a chemistry demonstration at UT Martin in celebration of National Chemistry Week. Students from five universities within the section performed chemistry demonstrations during the event, which will be hosted again this year at 7 p.m., Oct. 19, in Watkins Auditorium.

For more information on the American Chemical Society Kentucky Lake Local Section, contact Dr. Abigail Shelton at 731-881-7462 or


PHOTO ID: Drs. Genessa Smith, Phillip Shelton, Abigail Shelton and Robbie Montgomery, faculty members in the UT Martin Department of Chemistry and Physics, serve as chair-elect, chair, past chair and councilor, respectively, of the Kentucky Lake Local Section of the American Chemical Society. They are pictured with the three ChemLuminary awards received by the section during the national meeting.

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