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American Institute of Chemical Engineers
by Goretti Ngao, Historian

The American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) organization provides great opportunities for students to interact with industrial employers, to socialize with professors outside their offices and classrooms, and to mingle with fellow classmates. Every semester we organize info-sessions with various companies, including Dow, Rohm and Haas, ChevronTexaco, AMD, and Clorox.

In November, we have our traditional Wine and Cheese event, where professors, students, and employers all enjoy a nice evening together with outstanding food and drinks. AIChE also puts together social events, such as broomballing, an ice-cream social, and, of course, bar-be-ques.

Most importantly, AIChE participates in the annual national conference. This year, the conference will be held in Indianapolis in November, and we are excited to be making the trip.

To find out more about our activities, please log onto our website:


Alpha Chi Sigma
by Shaunna Clark, President

AXE members helping local Boy Scouts earn their chemistry badge.

The Sigma Chapter of Alpha Chi Sigma, or AXE, is a coed professional chemistry fraternity serving the Berkeley campus and has collaborated with the College of Chemistry for several recent events. For the second year in a row, members of AXE led tours through college laboratories on Cal Day and spoke about their first-year experience.

This summer, AXE organized a Boy Scout merit badge program and helped six boy scouts earn their chemistry badge. This spring also marked the first time in many years that AXE hosted a wine and cheese night. Many professors and faculty from both departments attended. It was a great opportunity to get acquainted with and even exchange jokes with many of the professors.

AXE has plans for many exciting events this year. We will once again run a booth at both Cubfest, a carnival for children at Homecoming, and Family Science Night during National ChemistryWeek. We also plan to hold a “Pizza with the Prof” Night where we invite professors to come and speak about whatever topic they desire.

Alpha Chi Sigma is a group of people who share a common interest in the chemical sciences. But we also happen to be an extremely social group of people and have been known to have barbeques, visit other chapters around the US, and throw parties. If you are interested in learning more about us, please visit our website:

Iota Sigma Pi
by Jenny Keyani

ISP members gathered from around the country to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the society (click on the photo for a larger view).

This June 12–16, the local chapter of Iota Sigma Pi (a national honor society for women in chemistry) had the honor of hosting the triennial national convention. This marked the centennial anniversary of Iota Sigma Pi.

The local Hydrogen chapter at Berkeley is the founding chapter and 100 years later, the reactivated chapter is actively engaged in providing professional development and networking opportunities for women chemists as well as helping them get involved in outreach opportunities in the community.

Activities include informal lunch discussions with faculty and administrators from around campus, orientation activities for new graduate students in the department, workshops on interviewing and negotiating, social and networking events, and outreach workshops on science for elementary and middle school students.

Highlights of the national convention included a keynote address by the 2002 National Honorary Member, Dr. Janet Del Bene, and an awards banquet to honor the recipients of the ISP Honorary Member Award, Dr. Del Bene; the ISP Award for Professional Excellence, Dr. Kristin Bowman-James; and the ISP Agnes Fay Morgan Research Awards, Dr. Kim Baldridge, Dr. Jean Chmielewski and Dr. Alanna Schepartz. The Hydrogen chapter and the local chapter of the ACS Women Chemists Committee hosted a poster session on the activities of chapters from around the country. The conference also included a session for scientific research posters.The five-day convention ended with a centennial celebration that included seminars about the history and future of women in chemistry and a panel discussion on “Overcoming Obstacles: Where do we go from here?” with Dr. Helen Free (Bayer Corp.), Dr. Margaret Cavanaugh (National Science Foundation), and Dr. Darleane Hoffman (Department of Chemistry and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab).

To view ISP's homepage, click here.


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