Student Groups

  1. Graduate Life Committee ( The Graduate Life Committee (GLC) is comprised of graduate students, faculty, and staff in the Chemistry Department. The goal of the GLC is to improve the quality of chemistry graduate student life. We seek to identify and resolve issues of concern to graduate students and to promote community within the Department.  We also organize the summer softball league, the holiday party, ChemKeg, and career development events.  The GLC meets on the first Wednesday of each month from 12-1 p.m. Participation and input of student members is essential to the success of the GLC, and accordingly, we accept new members at any time. You can get in touch with us at
  1. Iota Sigma Pi, Hydrogen Chapter (Hydrogen:; National: Sigma Pi, Hydrogen Chapter ISP is a national honor society for women in chemistry. We promote the professional development and personal growth of women in chemistry and related fields through recognition, public outreach and the formation of supportive networks. ISP Hydrogen holds monthly meetings, round table discussions of current events concerning women in STEM, an annual Women in Science tea, a first year “How to Choose your Research Group” panel and mixer, various career development seminars, and co-sponsors interdepartmental women’s socials. ISP’s events are open to everyone. Email ISP Hydrogren ( for more information.
  1. Queer Grads QG is a campus-wide graduate student group for LGBT students.  The group runs monthly social hours, as well as a few annual events, including a reception for LGBT students in the sciences (typically in November) and a panel discussion of LGBT faculty.  To stay informed about QG events and other issues relevant to the UC Berkeley LGBT community, send an e-mail to and ask to be added to the mailing list or go to, log in, and subscribe to the “Queergrads” list.  If you’d like to volunteer to help organize events, we would love to have you!  E-mail Carl Onak ( for more information.
  1. Graduate Assembly The GA is the official representative body of graduate and professional students at UC Berkeley.  The GA awards funding to graduate student groups (including the Chemistry GLC) for their activities, organizes community service events, and advocates for students at the campus, local, state, and federal level.  To learn more about the GA, visit  To learn more about joining the GA as a representative of the Chemistry Department, contact Carl Onak (
  1. Green Chemistry and Sustainable Design Seminar Series ( seminar series, run entirely by graduate students in the College of Chemistry, hosts speakers in industrial, academic, and governmental positions to present on issues related to green chemistry. The seminars include talks on synthetic green chemistry, biocatalysis, bioremediation, chemical regulations policy, molecular toxicology, life-cycle analysis, and many other areas of relevance to the multidisciplinary field of green chemistry. Please contact Gaby de Almeida ( or Tom McDonald ( for more information.
  1. Alpha Chi Sigma, Sigma Chapter (ΑΧΣ is a coed professional chemistry fraternity, dedicated to creating friendships, promoting chemistry, and helping its members as chemists. The Sigma chapter fulfills these three objectives not only by organizing and participating in professional and community events but also by having many fun social events. The chapter has a house on the North side of UC Berkeley, open to both members and non-members. Undergraduate and graduate students at UC Berkeley may become members of ΑΧΣ by pledging the Sigma chapter.
  1. Community Resourses for Science, College of Chemistry Volunteers ( – Community Resources for Science (CRS) helps elementary teachers use science resources to give all kids access to great hands-on learning experiences. At the same time, we work to build the science education opportunities in our community. For more information contact Prof. Bob Bergman or visit their website.
  1. Chemistry Intramural Basketball Team: Let Me Crazy is the Chemistry Intramural basketball team. The team practices and competes during both the Fall and Spring semesters. Contact the Graduate Unit for current team information.
  1. Chemistry Intramural Soccer: The chemistry department has an avid and active group of soccer (football) players. If you’re interested in joining a team, contact the Graduate Unit.
  1. American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE – – The purpose of the student chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers is threefold: (1) To provide students with insight into various chemical engineering careers; (2) To provide a social medium for student interaction; (3) To promote informal student-faculty contact.