About Our Chapter

HISTORY OF ALPHA CHI SIGMA

The Beta Gamma Chapter of Alpha Chi Sigma was founded on March 30, 1935 by the following people:

  • L. Reed Brantley
  • Glenn T. Seaborg
  • Richard Lauterbach
  • G. Ross Robertson
  • William R. Crowell
  • Herbert L. Aigner
  • Harlan L. Baumbach
  • Billee O. Blackburn
  • Clyde L. Blohm
  • Howard C. Bould
  • Keith E. Brown
  • Frank J. Doleza
  • George H. Fielding
  • Albert M. Herbrand
  • Fred H. Kienzle
  • Leo D. Levanas
  • Donald P. Morgan
  • Redvers G. Nicholson
  • Frank Robert Ohly
  • William Lee Spencer
  • Stanley G. Thompson
  • James F. Tomblin
  • L. Starling Timble
  • Robert J. Wells
  • George Wilkinson
  • Everett M. Wood
  • Willis R. Battles
  • Armand J. Bush
  • Vance R. Cooper
  • J. Leonard Dreher
  • Raymond F. Evenson
  • Clifford E. Himoe
  • Zene D. Jasaitis
  • Darrell W. Osborne
  • Lloyd C. Pack
  • Stanley E. Tierney

Our chapter has had a rich history, with many former members being recognized in the field of chemistry.

NOBEL PRIZE WINNERS

The following Nobel Prize Winners were former members of the Beta Gamma Chapter:

  • Glenn T. Seaborg, Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 1951
  • Bruce Merrifield, Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 1984
  • Richard Heck, Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 2010
PROFESSIONAL AND ACADEMIC ACTIVITIES

As a professional fraternity with close ties to the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UCLA, we are able to host many professional functions. Some of these include, but are not limited to:

  • Hosting the annual Glenn T. Seaborg Banquet and sponsoring the Glenn T. Seaborg Award.
  • Hosting a scientific research poster session in conjunction with the annual Glenn T. Seaborg Symposium.
  • Sponsoring scholarships for undergraduate researchers.
  • Helping with UCLA's annual Bruin Day by giving advice and information to potential UCLA undergraduates.
  • Helping sponor the UCLA Student Members of the American Chemical Society (SMACS) Chemistry Career Fair.
  • Meeting members of the Los Angeles Professional Chapter of Alpha Chi Sigma.
PHILANTHROPIC ACTIVITIES

An important mission of our chapter is to help host outreach events with other organizations at UCLA to interest students in science. Past events have included:

  • Performing "magic shows" using basic chemical principles to garner the excitement of young students in science.
  • Helping with the PITA Program (Promoting Individuality Through the Arts) to further chemistry and the field of science by helping to inspire low-income inner city kids from gang-ridden areas with low literacy rates. We hope to motivate these children to obtain higher level degrees, especially in the area of chemistry and science in general by showing them that science can be fun and interactive through unique learning opportunities.
  • Participating in the annual outreach event hosted by the Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) and the Early Academic Outreach Program (EAOP). The event was organized as a series of science workshops for students from Los Angeles inner-city high schools. Our chapter was responsible for developing and managing interactive workshops for the students. Three workshops were set-up, each one catering to 100 high school students. Throughout the event, the importance of lab safety was discussed, along with demonstrations of how quickly liquid nitrogen is able to freeze vegetables, balloons, ice cream and other objects.
  • Efforts to celebrate National Chemistry Week. In 2010, the UCLA Student Members of the American Chemical Society held "Behind the Scence with Chemistry" event with the film, The Prestige, at Mount St. Mary's College, Doheny Campus.

If you would like for our chapter to assist with your science outreach project, please contact our Magic Show/Community Service Chair:axsmagicshow@gmail.com

SOCIAL ACTIVITIES

In addition to the many professional events, members share the benefit and joy that comes from our social events. Examples include:




  • Intramural Sports
  • Dances
  • Chapter Dinners
  • Beach Trips
  • Trips to Big Bear Lake
  • Paintballing
  • Ice Skating
  • Other Alumni Events

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