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Rupp one of 17 undergrads invited to leadership event

Monmouth College senior Kortney Rupp, a chemistry major from Monmouth, was recently selected to participate in the 2012 American Chemical Society Leadership Institute as a Student Leadership Award winner.

Of the 500 scientists at the conference, which was held Jan. 20-22 in Fort Worth, Texas, Rupp was among only 17 undergraduates selected to attend.

“When you are an undergraduate student, it can be very difficult to imagine being successful in your future profession,” said Rupp. “But when you get to attend a conference like this with other professionals in your field, it helps a lot because everyone has been where you are. The connections you establish make the path you want to take in the future become clear and you get to have a lot of fun making those connections.”

“Kortney was given the opportunity to learn about the local section governance and to obtain valuable leadership skills,” said assistant professor of chemistry Audra Sostarecz, who served as chair of the IL-IA local section in 2009 and 2010. Her faculty colleague, Eric Todd, is the current chair.

“Kortney will now apply those skills to our Monmouth College ACS chapter as the chapter’s secretary,” added Sostarecz.