Chemistry Graduate Student Organization
The Chemistry Graduate Student Organization (CGSO) is a representative body that strives to promote the quality of life for chemistry graduate students. Any graduate student in the Chemistry Department is eligible to join. Subdisciplines in the Chemistry Deparmtent include: analytical, bio-analytical, inorganic, organic, physical, and radiochemistry. The advisor is Professor Jurisson.
Undergraduate Student Organizations
While chemistry students participate in a wide range of extracurricular activities, there are three student organizations (Alpha Chi Sigma, ACS Student Affiliates and Phi Lambda Upsilon) expressly for individuals interested in chemistry. Membership in these organizations is by no means limited to chemistry majors, however.
Alpha Chi Sigma
Founded in 1902, Alpha Chi Sigma is a professional fraternity in chemistry. The MU chapter, Delta, is one of the oldest chapters in the fraternity. The national constitution states that a candidate for membership "shall be a student of chemistry who intends to make chemistry their life work ...". This provision has been interpreted to mean that a student must be in a degree program in which he or she will take a minimum of 18 hours of chemistry in order to be eligible. Most members major in chemistry, biochemistry, chemical engineering, or biology, but other students whose individual programs will include the required chemistry hours are welcomed to membership. Alpha Chi Sigma is the organization that is the principal organizer of the year-end senior recognition banquet and is responsible for the awarding of prizes to outstanding general chemistry students. An informational meeting is held at the beginning of each semester to acquaint prospective members with the fraternity, its programs, and the pledging process. Interested students are invited to attend one of these meetings for more information. Professor Mark Lee is the Delta Chapter advisor.
ACS Student Affiliates
The local chapter of the ACS Student Affiliates (ACSSA) is a group of students interested in the science of chemistry. There are no membership eligibility criteria; any undergraduate interested in chemistry is invited to participate. It is affiliated with the American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society (over 155,000 members). Local ACSSA members who choose to affiliate with the national organization receive a number of benefits, including discounts on professional publications. The advisor of the MU chapter is Professor Keller.
Phi Lambda Upsilon
The Beta Iota chapter of Phi Lambda Upsilon, the chemistry honorary fraternity, welcomes into membership junior and senior undergraduates and second-year graduate students who have distinguished themselves academically. Membership in the fraternity, offered to majors in the Departments of Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Chemical Engineering, requires a GPA of 3.40 or higher. Invitations to membership are made during the Fall Semester. In order to raise money to support the chapter, the members of Phi Lambda Upsilon sell laboratory safety glasses at the beginning of each semester. Part of proceeds from these sales is used to defray the expenses of members who have the opportunity to present their undergraduate or graduate research results at a regional or national meeting. In addition, the chapter sponsors the "Outstanding Senior" awards given at the close of each academic year as well as the award to the outstanding student in the organic chemistry course sequence. Professor Adams currently serves as Councilor (Chapter Advisor) of this group.