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Welcome to the SETAC North America Chemistry Interest Group!

Participation in this interest group is open to all interested parties. If you are not already a member, make sure you are signed in to your SETAC account then click "Join Group” near the top of this page.

Check out our operating guidelines:

Operating Guidelines


Mission The mission of the Chemistry Interest Group (ChemIG) is to recruit and retain chemists to SETAC, and to promote professional and social activities to emphasize chemistry--the "C" in SETAC.


The ChemIG strives to improve and sustain the inherent interdisciplinary nature of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry organization in members and expertise. We increase awareness of and relevance for environmental chemistry through scientific, education and communication opportunities for chemists in the environmental field.


  • Increase the chemistry community's awareness of SETAC as a great society to join, present, share, and innovate environmental chemistry research.
  • We also want to raise the profile of chemistry in the SETAC community.
  • Your membership is important to us! SETAC is a forum to foster your career growth and showcase your science. We need the participation and engagement of our chemistry members in SETAC to do this.
  • If your passion is environmental chemistry, join us! We are always looking to broaden the scope of environmental chemistry topics in SETAC to facilitate interactions for chemists with each other and other disciplines within SETAC and between other chemistry organizations.


Membership in the Chemistry Interest Group is open to all SETAC members, and to all professionals and students interested in the topics addressed by the ChemIG. Members must have a commitment to the purpose, goals, and operating guidelines of the Chemistry Interest Group and commit to supporting the ChemIG.

The Chemistry Steering Committee (CSC), the leadership of the interest group, guides the ChemIG’s activities. The CSC may be composed of interest group members and the larger pool of people attending sessions, meetings, or otherwise contributing to the ChemIG’s goals. Any SETAC member may participate in activities organized by the ChemIG.

Announcements of openings for new Steering Committee members will be circulated via SETAC email notifications, with nominations sent to the Steering Committee for review and confirmation of willingness to serve. Balance of sectors (government, industry, and academia) and geographic location (Canada, United States, and Mexico) will be maintained.

2020 Steering Committee

AMILA DE SILVA, 2020 Chair-Elect, Environment and Climate Change Canada, Burlington, Ontario, Canada

Jonathan Challis, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

Matthew Ross, 2019 former Chair, MacEwan University, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Dan Snow, Membership Liaison, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska, USA

Shira Joudan, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Elin Ulrich, United States Environmental Protection Agency, Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, USA

Holly Lee, SCIEX, Needham, Massachusetts, USA

Cora Young, York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Tristan Smythe, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Jessica Reiner, NIST, Charleston, South Carolina, USA

Carla Ng, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Gabrielle (Gabbie) Black, University of California Davis, Sacramento, California, USA

Monica Lam, Procter & Gamble, Mason, OH, USA

Xiaomeng Wang, Natural Resources Canada, Calgary, AB, USA

Patricia Tcaciuc, 3M, St. Paul, MN, USA

Krystal Pollitt, Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA

Bharat Chandramouli, AXYS SGS, Victoria, BC, Canada

Kevin Stroski, SETAC Student Liaison, Baylor University, Waco, TX, USA

Jessica D'eon, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada

Carrie McDonough, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY, USA

Alix Robel, Hollings Marine Laboratory, NIST, Charleston, SC, USA

George Cobb, Baylor University, Waco, TX, USA


The Chemistry Interest Group currently supports several chemistry related sessions at the SETAC North America annual meeting as well as a travel award for an environmental chemistry leader, new to SETAC, to present at the conference. The ChemIG is engaged in an effort to develop joint activities on a regional basis with other chemistry related organizations (such as the ACS) to further our outreach within the chemistry community.

Student Exchange Award

The Student Exchange Award is presented to one student each year at the SETAC North America meeting. This award is based on the student’s presentation at the meeting and an application submitted to the ChemIG. The student is then invited to present the same research at the following American Chemical Society meeting and awarded a travel stipend to cover meeting expenses. Requests for applications will be sent out mid August and applications are due September 15th each year.

Student Exchange Award Winners:

2019 - Rachel Hems, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada

Congratulations Rachel Hems! Rachel Hems is the recipient for the 2019 ACS ENVR/SETAC student exchange award for her presentation at SETAC Toronto in November 2019 on ‘Sources of isocyanic acid (HNCO) indoors: a focus on cigarette smoke’. Rachel will be traveling to ACS in San Francisco in August 2020 to present her research.

Shortly after SETAC Toronto, Rachel defended her PhD thesis in environmental chemistry at the University of Toronto. Her research focuses on photochemical reactions of organic compounds in the atmosphere. You can follow Rachel on twitter @rachelhems

2018 - Ying Wang, University of California, Santa Barbara

2017 - Gabrielle Black, University of California Davis

2016  Shira Joudan, University of Toronto

2015   Benedette Adewale, Stony Brook University

2014  Jonathan Challis, University of Manitoba

2013  Rachel Marek, University of Iowa

2012  Eleanor Robinson, Baylor University

2011 – Chelsea Rochman, San Diego State University, UC Davis

2010 – Diana Delach, Clemson University

2009 – Jiafan Wang and Zhe Lu, University of Manitoba

SETAC Chemist Travel Award

The Chemistry Interest Group sponsors an individual who excels in the field of environmental chemistry and is currently not a member of SETAC to attend the SETAC North America meeting. The award includes hotel and meeting registration for the nominee and up to three accompanying students. Nominations are accepted until April 15th for the November meeting each year.

Chemist Travel Award Winners:

2019 - Sarah Styler, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Univeristy of Alberta

2017   Teng Zeng, Assistant Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Syracuse University

             2016  Allison MacKay, Chair of Civil Environmental, Geod Engineering, Ohio State University

             2015  Christina Bottaro, Department of Chemistry, Memorial University of Newfoundland           

             2014  Ching- Hua Huang, Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

2013  Rockie Yarwood, Crop and Soil Science, Oregon State University

2012  Cora Young, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Memorial University of Newfoundland

2011 – Yo Chin, Professor, Earth Science, Ohio State University

2010 – David Atwood, Professor, Department of Chemistry, university of Kentucky

2009 – Jon Chorover (Soil Water Science, Arizona) and John Rimoldi



Steering Committee Minutes

Annual Reports

2019 Annual Report

2016 CIG Annual Report 

2015 CIG Annual Report 

2014 CIG Annual Report

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