Undergraduate Ms. Kathleen Martin and graduate student Ms. Aruny Loch from our local New Mexico section of the American Chemical Society (ACS) have been invited to attend the ACS International-Domestic Student Summit in Raleigh, North Carolina, preceding the ACS Southeastern Regional Meeting. The team is from the University of New Mexico (UNM)—student researchers at at the Sandia/UNM Advanced Materials Laboratory (AML).

Reflecting the theme of the summit, one is a U.S. citizen and the other a French citizen. At the summit, student participants will discuss how to promote cross-cultural understanding, increase international skill flow and collaboration, and more effectively use the unique resource that the 700,000 international students studying in the U.S. provide. They will also suggest mechanisms and models to allow individual institutions, local ACS sections, professional societies, and governments to better incorporate and involve this important community.

Kathleen and Aruny will also present a poster on the AML’s outreach activities aimed at exciting students into science and engineering and share their experiences.