ACS Recognizes Graduate Student Montwaun Young for Outreach Efforts

by Mary Martialay on February 5, 2019

The American Chemical Society has recognized Montwaun Young, a graduate student in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, for his outreach efforts with a 2019 Outreach Volunteers of the Year award for the Eastern New York Local Section.

Department head Wilfredo Colón, noting that each local section may recognize only one individual annually for demonstrating extraordinary volunteer service, congratulated Young on a recognition not typically bestowed on a student.

“On behalf of the Chemistry and Chemical Biology Department at Rensselaer, I congratulate Montwaun for being recognized for his commendable outreach efforts,” Colon said. “Montwaun is a dynamic leader and role model who encourages students and young professionals to get active in their community.”

Young is credited with reviving the ACS Eastern New York Local Section ACS Younger Chemist Committee, and is also active at Rensselaer, where he participates in the School of Science Grad Council and is the treasurer for the Black Graduate Student Association. Colón said he is well known for his involvement in outreach and service, has raised funding for outreach efforts and developed activities for using Virtual Reality in STEM learning, and is active within the department, ACS, and other organizations focused on under-represented minorities in STEM fields.