Joining a student club or organization is a great way to get involved. You’ll meet people who share the same interests – building lifelong friendships – while gaining professional experience, and honing your leadership skills.
Our department is home to an award-winning student chapter of the American Chemical Society. This club gives students interested in chemistry or related fields an opportunity to increase their knowledge of the field, explore career possibilities and interact with chemistry professors and other students with similar interests.
Outstanding Chapter Award Received.
UNI's ACS Student Affiliate Chapter has received an Outstanding Chapter Award for 2011-2012, 2012-2013, 2018-2019, 2019-2020.
"This chapter was extremely successful at promoting chemistry in their school and sharing their love of chemistry with the local community. This concern is evident by the number of chapter meetings they scheduled to appropriately advance their activities. This will go a long way in encouraging young people in northern Iowa to consider chemistry as a career. Furthermore, the chapter is well funded due to university support of student travel to meetings and a couple of smaller grants. It appears to me that if your chapter wants to do something, you find the resources and get it done. Excellent job!" - ACS Faculty Advisors
Meet the Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society.
Co-Presidents: Alexandra Warren and Kailey Casper
Vice-President: Jessica Haugen
Treasurer: Owen Lerg
Secretary: Caitlyn Nuehring
Social Chair: Anna McCoy
Dr. Martin Chin
Dr. Colin Weeks
ACS Halloween House
Each year, the UNI Chapter of the ACS helps organize the annual Halloween House. This community outreach and engagement event brings hundreds of local children to McCollum Science Hall to showcase UNI’s science departments. During the event, students perform Halloween-themed science demonstrations and supervise hands-on activities in rooms such as the “Pirates’ Cove”, “Frankenstein’s Lab”, “Creepy Crawlies” and “Triassic Terrors”.
Each March, students, faculty and staff participate in MarCHEMadness, where four teams of faculty/staff and students compete in events to claim the coveted Golden Erlenmeyer trophy. Any student currently taking a chemistry or biochemistry class is encouraged to participate.
The event, coordinated by the ACS Officers, include:
- Teammate Titrate (a timed titration competition)
- Pi Eating (pie eating race)
- Identifying the Unknown and Guesstimative Analysis (Chemistry charades and guessing the length of a piece of yarn)
- Mario Kart
- Dodgeball (dodge ball competition)
- Student and Faculty BBQ
- National Chemistry Week Activities: Halloween House
- Family Weekend Magic Show
- Student and Faculty Holiday Party