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American Chemical Society - University of Minnesota Student Chapter (AcS-UMn)

American Chemical Society-University of Minnesota Chapter (AcS-UMn) is a group for students in chemistry and chemistry-related fields to come together and further the understanding of chemistry among our community and our members. Through outreach we hope to encourage interest in science and a basic knowledge of chemistry. Being a student chapter of a professional organization, the chapter aims to help our members connect to the chemical profession and provide opportunities to involve ourselves with chemistry and its related fields. We hope to make chemistry intriguing and accessible to all who are naturally curious.

Chemistry Biology Interface Training Grant Symposium (CBITG)

The University of Minnesota NIH Training Grant Symposium is a day-long event designed to highlight new advances at the interface of chemistry and biology.

Chemistry Graduate Student Workshop Committee (GSWC)

The Graduate Student Workshop Committee (GSWC) is a student-run organization within the Department of Chemistry at the University of Minnesota. In collaboration with the Office of the Director of Graduate Studies, the GSWC creates high-quality programs of relevance to the department’s graduate students and postdoctoral researchers, with special emphasis on career preparation and professional development.

Community of Chemistry Graduate Students (CCGS)

The Community of Chemistry Graduate Students (CCGS) at the University of Minnesota consists of graduate students working together to support each other.

Excellence through Diversity

The Department of Chemistry is united in the belief that diversity in all of its forms is good. Collaboration among people of all cultures and backgrounds enhances our experience as scientists and contributes to excellence in teaching, learning, and research. We strive to promote a climate that celebrates our differences and strengthens our department by embracing and working to increase our diversity.

The Joint Safety Team (JST)

The Joint Safety Team (JST) is a researcher-led organization focused on improving the culture of safety in chemical laboratories at the University of Minnesota. The JST consists of all graduate student or postdoc Laboratory Safety Officers (LSOs) within the Departments of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and Materials Science.

Mentorship Program for Aspiring Chemistry Teachers (MPACT)

Mentorship Program for Aspiring Chemistry Teachers (MPACT) (pronounced "empact"), is designed to provide additional teaching experience and guidance for graduate students and postdocs who are interested in an academic career at the college or university level. This is a volunteer activity for both the mentor and mentee

Outreach Program

Science is fun, interesting, important, and something that you, too, can do. Those are the central themes of the Department of Chemistry's outreach programs, which are designed to spark young people's interest in chemistry, and to help young people see themselves as future college students, researchers, professors, and science professionals.

ACS Division of Polymer Chemistry (POLY) and the Division of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering (PMSE)

We are a student-run organization, affiliated with the ACS Division of Polymer Chemistry (POLY) and the Division of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering (PMSE). Our group facilitates seminars related to the field of polymers, organizes social events for our community and members, and hosts career development and networking opportunities

Science for All (SFA)

Science for All, an outreach initiative involving graduate students, aims to improve science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education in the urban Twin Cities community by performing intricate science experiments with middle school students. If interested in volunteering, send an email to

Women in Science and Engineering

The Chemistry WISE team provides a networking resource for women graduate students and post-docs in the department, with the goal of increasing the recruitment and retention of women, and improving the climate for all chemists.