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Dr. Andrea E. Martin honored for outstanding service as Alpha Chi Sigma professional chemistry fraternity advisor at Widener

Dr. Andrea Martin accepts her award as outstanding advisor.

Dr. Andrea E. Martin (left) accepts her award from Grand Collegiate Alchemist and 2nd Vice President of Alpha Chi Sigma Fraternity Helen M. M. Webster.

Alpha Chi Sigma Professional Chemistry Fraternity has named Dr. Andrea E. Martin, associate professor of chemistry at Widener University, the 2014 Ronald T. Pflaum Outstanding Chapter Advisor Award recipient. Martin recently received her award at a banquet held in conjunction with the Fraternity’s 52nd Biennial Conclave at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va.

Martin was initiated at the Widener Colony of Gamma Omicron Chapter in 2010. In 2011, she became the advisor to what is now Gamma Omega Chapter. Her advisees took the initiative to nominate her for the Ronald T. Pflaum Award.

“Dr. Martin’s students all volunteered to write letters recommending her for this award,” said Sam Tatum, a 2014 Widener graduate who joined Alpha Chi Sigma in his sophomore year. “She helps our chapter develop and run outreach events to get kids interested in chemistry. Many of us wrote about how she guides us with these events, but always lets us take the lead. Some of us also wrote about our appreciation for her support with our coursework. She is always there for us.”

The Ronald T. Pflaum Outstanding Chapter Advisor Award is presented biennially to a chapter advisor as recognition of his or her ongoing contributions to the success of a chapter and his or her continuing service to the interest of the fraternity. Established in 1992, the award honors Dr. Ronald T. Pflaum, Alpha Theta 1953, who served Alpha Chi Sigma as a chapter advisor, grand recorder, grand editor, grand master alchemist, grand collegiate alchemist and district counselor.

Martin received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Ursinus College in 1975 and a doctorate degree in inorganic chemistry from the University of Delaware in 1981. She received a National Institutes of Health postdoctoral fellowship to Columbia University and then joined the Hercules Research Center in Wilmington, Del. After nearly 20 years in research, technical service and sales, Martin moved to academia. At Widener, she teaches general chemistry and inorganic chemistry. She has facilitated numerous national workshops on Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL) in the laboratory. In addition to her interest in the scholarship of teaching and learning, she has an active undergraduate laboratory research program in transition metal chemistry.

Martin has received numerous Faculty Development and Provost Grants at Widener and was the College of Arts & Sciences’ nominee for the Fitz Dixon Innovation in Teaching Award in 2011.

In addition to her work with Alpha Chi Sigma, Dr. Martin has served the Delaware Section of the American Chemical Society in many positions, including chair, secretary and treasurer. She lives in Avondale, Pa.

About Widener University

Widener University is a metropolitan university that connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention, leadership development and experiential learning are key components of the Widener experience. A comprehensive doctorate-granting university, Widener is comprised of eight schools and colleges that offer liberal arts and sciences, professional and pre-professional curricula leading to associate, baccalaureate, master's, and doctoral degrees. The university's campuses in Chester, Exton and Harrisburg, Pa., and Wilmington, Del., serve more than 6,300 students. Widener is proud to be a tobacco-free campus. Visit the university's website,

About Alpha Chi Sigma

Alpha Chi Sigma was founded in 1902 by nine undergraduate chemistry students at the University of Wisconsin. The only national professional chemistry fraternity in the United States, Alpha Chi Sigma brings together men and women pursuing a wide variety of chemistry-related careers. Today Alpha Chi Sigma boasts 52 active collegiate chapters and 18 professional chapters and groups and has initiated more than 67,000 Brothers.

Among the Fraternity’s noteworthy members are Arnold O. Beckman, James Bryant Conant, Willard H. Dow and Carl S. Marvel. The Fraternity also records 21 Nobel Laureates among its members, including Paul J. Flory, Linus Pauling, Glenn T. Seaborg and Richard F. Heck. For more information about Alpha Chi Sigma Fraternity, visit