Student Organizations

Student Chapter of the American Chemical Society

The Student Chapter of the American Chemical Society (ACS) is open to all undergraduate and graduate students with an interest in chemistry. The ACS is an association of professional and academic chemists and chemical engineers composed of local chapters.

Advantages of membership include the establishment of a support structure of friends and faculty within the chemistry department and The University of Alabama. Opportunities for exposure to professional aspects of chemistry and for involvement in the community are also enhanced. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors can gain leadership experience by becoming SAACS officers.


Any student with an interest in chemistry or chemical Engineering is welcome to participate with SAACS. Chemistry majors and minors are strongly encouraged to join. Membership to the national ACS organization is encouraged but not required.

Learn more at the ACS student chapter’s website, or join our Facebook group and follow us on Twitter (@uascacs) and Instagram.

Gamma Sigma Epsilon — Delta Beta Chapter

The Delta Beta chapter of the national Gamma Sigma Epsilon honor society for students studying chemistry and chemical engineering. The society was founded in 1919 at Davidson College in Georgia. There are currently over 70 chapters in 21 states.

UA’s chapter, Delta Beta, was founded in 1924. It has a long history of recognizing the outstanding students and faculty of the Department of Chemistry. UA’s chapter is the second oldest active chapter after the original chapter at Davidson College.


Membership in Gamma Sigma Epsilon is available to any chemistry major or minor who has completed at least 14 hours of chemistry courses at UA, has a 3.3 GPA in chemistry, and a 3.3 GPA overall. Induction of new members occurs during the spring semester.

For more information, download our constitution and bylaws, or contact Dr. Kevin Shaughnessy, ΓΣΕ faculty advisor, at or (205) 348-4435.

Student Chapter of the Electrochemical Society

The UA ECS Student Chapter is open to all undergraduates, graduate students, and post-doctoral associates at UA who are interested in electrochemistry. The mission of the ECS student chapter is to provide students the opportunity to foster a greater understanding as well as promote electrochemical and solid-state science and technology amongst its peers, to further enhance their professional development and to enrich their academic experience. See the group web page for contact information and upcoming events.

Chemistry Graduate Student Organization

The CGSO is the student organization of graduate students in chemistry. The group organizes social, professional, and outreach activities. Membership is open to any graduate student in chemistry. For more information, contact the group’s advisor, Dr. Patrick Frantom, at or (205) 348-8349.

UA Chapter of the National Organization of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers

The primary purpose of the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE) is to initiate and support local, regional, national, and global programs that assist people of color in fully realizing their potential in academic, professional, and entrepreneurial pursuits in chemistry, chemical engineering, and related fields. The organization promotes careers in science and technology as an achievable goal for elementary, middle, and high school students. In addition, NOBCChE encourages college students to pursue graduate degrees in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.

Graduate Student Association

As the advocate body for graduate students, the Graduate Student Association (GSA) helps graduate students voice their concerns to the larger University. The GSA also works with several departments and organizations on campus to provide services and support to graduate students. Some of our activities include: providing research and travel funding, partnering with the 3-Minute Thesis (3MT), and working with the SGA.