One of the benefits of a comprehensive university is the availability of numerous student groups that foster academic achievement in a social context. Chemistry is fortunate to interface with several such groups.
The Virginia Tech Chemistry Club hosts a variety of social, professional development, and campus / community outreach activities.
The Chemistry Club is a chapter of the Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society (SAACS). The mission of SAACS is to support undergraduate students, their faculty, and the Local Section members in promoting professional development, mentoring, and peer-support mechanisms for those majoring in the chemical sciences.
Club members are encouraged to join SAACS through the American Chemical Society. Student affiliation allows opportunities to network with top professionals, attend scientific meetings, receive a special magazine called In Chemistry, access ACS career and employment services, and use the Directory of Experiential Opportunities that lists co-ops, internships, and summer jobs for undergraduate chemical science students.
Alpha Chi Sigma (AXÎ£) is a national co-ed professional chemistry fraternity - a society that values brotherhood, service, academics, and professional development through chemistry. Notable brothers include Gilbert Newton Lewis, Peter J. W. Debye, Willard H. Dow, Carl "Speed" Marvel, Linus Pauling, Glenn Seaborg, and Bassam Shakhashiri. Its membership includes 20 Nobel Laureates. Virginia Tech is host to the Gamma Iota chapter which has initiated over 700 members since its founding in 1987.
The members of the Gamma Iota chapter engage in science outreach programs including setting up refreshments for the Highlands Lecture Seminar, performing demonstrations for local scouting and student organizations, and providing tutoring to undergraduates and high school students. The organization is very active with community service taking on roles with the Adopt-a-Highway program, annual food drives, volunteering at Warm Hearth Village, as well as Relay for Life and the Big Event.
AXÎ£ offers free peer tutoring in the Chemistry Learning Center (Hahn Hall North room 301) on Monday and Tuesday evenings for General, Organic, and Analytical Chemistry. AXÎ£ hosts rush events for interested students, faculty and community members in the first few weeks of each semester. For more information about joining AXÎ£, or about our outreach or tutoring programs please visit the Chapter website below.