Welcome to the PLU American Chemical Society Student Affiliate Chapter (a.k.a. 'Chem Club')

To get involved contact a club officer or a chemistry faculty advisor.

The officers for the 2021-2022 academic year are:

Claire Calderon
Raven Lirio
Julian Marsh

Faculty Advisors:

Dr. Neal Yakelis

Dr. Andrea Munro

Chem Club Receives an Honorable Mention Award!

The PLU Chemistry Club received both Honorable Mention & Green Chapter Awards from the American Chemical Society (ACS) for its activities during the 2018-19 academic year.

The Society Committee on Education selects ACS Student Chapters to receive special recognition on the basis of their programs and activities, as described in their chapter reports. Awards are classified as outstanding, commendable, and honorable mention. Chapters that do not qualify for either of these awards receive a certificate of achievement for meritorious service.

Read more at: https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/funding-and-awards/awards/community/sachapter.html

Mole Day Eve

The PLU Chem Club hosts an annual Mole Day Eve event that coincides with National Chemistry Week and Mole Day (Oct. 23).  The Chem Club serves chemistry themed deserts, like liquid nitrogen ice cream and a periodic table of brownies.  Club members lead our guests in hands-on chemistry activities and PLU Chem faculty will perform exciting (and explosive) demos.

Contact one of the club officers if you are interested in helping out.  It’s always a great deal of fun, and also an important way to share enthusiasm about chemistry with the PLU community.

Students with googles on watching a demo in the dark
Making Alien Guts (glowing sodium alginate)

Desserts and Demos

The PLU Chem Club hosts an annual Desserts and Demos chemistry event every spring.  Prospective Lutes enjoy liquid nitrogen ice cream and desserts, hands-on chemistry activities, and to watch flashy chemical demonstrations performed by PLU Chem faculty.

Contact chemclub@plu.edu if you are interested in helping out.


Puget Sound ACS Local Section Activities

Check the Puget Sound Section website for links to the “Puget Sound Chemist” monthly newsletter as well as information about upcoming speakers, tours, career sessions, and other events.

Internship & Job Databases

Career Connections is an excellent resource for PLU students to access information about internships and volunteering opportunities. Career connections also has databases for finding jobs and academic internships. If you have questions about research experiences and academic internships it is recommended that you speak with the staff at Career Connections or faculty in your department.

Chemistry students can also search for research experiences, internships, and co-ops using the Get Experience page of the American Chemical Society.

Graduate School & Career Information

Ask any chemistry faculty member for information if you have interest in going to graduate school, a career in chemistry, or local employment.

The ACS Directory of Graduate Research is a great resource for students interested in attending graduate school.