KU Chemistry Club - About Us

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide the community with high-quality chemistry and scientific resources, enrich the lives of students of chemistry at KU and elsewhere, and teach people to use chemistry to understand the world. The KU Chem Club is a registered student organization at the University of Kansas. Membership is open to all who are interested, and members are encouraged to be ambassadors of chemistry to their communities and to share their enthusiasm for STEM with those around them. 

Please contact us if you wish to have us at your school or youth organization!

A Brief History

The KU Chemistry Club can trace its roots to the Kappa chapter of Alpha Chi Sigma, a national professional chemistry fraternity, established in 1909. The Kappa chapter was known for its STEM outreach, winning many awards during its active years. Even though the fraternity chapter has been inactive for at least a decade, the KU Chemistry Club is still known for its excellence in K-12 STEM outreach in the local community. In the past few years, the chapter has increased its focus on member enrichment activities, touring plants and factories that rely on chemistry including Free State Brewery among others. Interested students can sign up for our emails, and interested community organizations can contact us by email or on Facebook

What We Are

An award-winning American Chemical Society student affiliate chapter

A group of students who enjoy chemistry (or at least enjoy teaching others about the benefits of chemistry & science education)

Open to all KU students - graduate, undergraduate, non-traditional, international, etc.

What We Do

Hands-on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) outreach from Kansas City to Topeka, with a focus on K-12 students

Member enrichment activities, including tours of research facilities, factories, and other potential job sites where chemistry plays a large role and study groups for chemistry courses

Annual trip to spring American Chemical Society (ACS) national meeting to present our chapter's ideas at a club poster


​Lab notebook sale each semester to fundraise to support our other activities.

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