WEsTeRn Chem Club
Message from the Chem Club
The Chem Club is a Student Chapter of the American Chemical Society. The chapter gives students at Western an opportunity to gain information on educational and professional opportunities and activities. Most importantly, the chapter provides Western students with opportunities to have fun by participating in social and service activities that help to strengthen bonds among students and faculty. We hope you will get involved and participate as much or as little as you can. Whether it’s coming out to go bowling or helping to plan an event; your presence and input is needed and wanted!
History and Goals
The ACS Student Chapter at Western Washington University has been in continual operation since its formation in March of 1969. The two main goals of our organization are: 1) to bridge the gap between professors and students, and to serve as a resource to students in any stage of their university career and 2) to create a fun community for undergraduate chemists and biochemists. Activities such as the annual chemistry department picnic, annual faculty/staff vs. student slow-pitch game, bowling, movie night, donut day, etc. bring students and professors together in fun social settings. Informational seminars, tours to local labs, lunch with invited speakers, conference travel (for student researchers), Scholar's Day, and other events give students practical knowledge about the field of chemistry.
Our chapter has received an ACS Outstanding Chapter Award for the the 2010-11 & 2011-12 academic years. Before that the chapter received 3 consecutive Commendable Chapter Awards from the ACS (2008-2010) and Honorable Mention Awards for 5 straight years (2003-2007) in recognition of it's activities and efforts. During the 2000-2001 academic year it was featured, along with the other chapters receiving awards, in the American Chemical Society's newsmagazine, Chemical and Engineering News, as well as in the news magazine, inChemistry.
Everyone is welcome to make suggestions for activities during our weekly meetings. Planned meetings, activities, and their locations are listed on the Meetings and Events page. If you are interested in joining the council, want to help to organize events, or if you have any questions or comments, you may contact a Chem Club officer or faculty advisor.
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