React! The New Organic Chemistry Game/Study Tool
May05

React! The New Organic Chemistry Game/Study Tool

By Daniel Rosenthal Organic chemistry is a leading reason students avoid STEM careers – from medicine to bioengineering to chemistry. Nationally, an estimated 30,000 would-be doctors do not get accepted to medical school, many because of organic chemistry. In fact, at UC Berkeley, organic chemistry has twice the fail rate compared to other courses.   In their organic chemistry classes, UC Berkeley undergraduates Prerak Juthani and...

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Spring Update for UC Davis Chemistry Club
May04

Spring Update for UC Davis Chemistry Club

By Ben Wigman The Chemistry Club at UC Davis has been busy preparing for one of its biggest events of the year, Picnic Day! This year the Educational Outreach committee and the Chemistry Club combined had nearly 50 volunteers help put together our “It’s not Magic it’s Chemistry” shows and a variety of hands-on demonstrations. In total it’s estimated that over 2,000 people attended the shows or were able to stop by the table...

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Travel Award Winners
May04

Travel Award Winners

SACACS is happy to announce the winners of our most recent travel awards: Jamieson Thom, an undergraduate from Sacramento City College, Benjamin Wigman, an undergraduate student from UC Davis, and Sven Hackbusch, a graduate student from University of the Pacific. The awards were presented at the ACS National Meeting in San Francisco, where each winner presented their research.

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UC Davis Department of Chemistry Celebrates 2nd Annual Career Conference
May04

UC Davis Department of Chemistry Celebrates 2nd Annual Career Conference

By Perry Gee (Saturday, March 11, 2017) The Department of Chemistry at UC Davis welcomed industry representatives and alumni to its 2nd Annual Career Conference, a half-day outreach event that served as a vehicle for chemistry majors to learn about what they need to develop (or consider) when entering their post-graduate careers. Held on Saturday, March 11, the conference also gave the presenters an opportunity to meet with potential...

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UCD Chem Club Keeps Busy
Mar26

UCD Chem Club Keeps Busy

This past Winter quarter the Chemistry Club at UC Davis has been busy! We’ve helped out with many chemical demonstrations and Q&A panels for Pleasant Hill High School, St. Charles Borromeo School, and several other schools. Along with this we also helped organize an ACS-funded project to give local elementary school teachers demonstration kits to use in their own classrooms. Outside of outreach, we held our second annual...

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Three Student Chapters Win Awards in Sacramento Section
Dec15

Three Student Chapters Win Awards in Sacramento Section

Congratulations to the ACS Chartered Chemistry Clubs at Sacramento State, UC Davis, and Sacramento City College (SCC)! Both Sacramento State and UC Davis received “Commendable” awards for the 2015-2016 academic year. SCC received an Honorable Mention and was also recognized for being a “Green Chemistry Student Chapter”. A full list of winning chapters is available here. For the 2015-2016 academic year, there...

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UCD Chem Club Plans for New Year
Nov17

UCD Chem Club Plans for New Year

The Chemistry Club at UC Davis continues to regularly participate in chemical demonstrations as a part of educational outreach, such as at the annual Picnic Day event where over 2,000 people watch several shows and interact with hands-on demos. The club has also focused on outreach other than chemical demonstrations. We try to aid in the formation of new chemistry clubs at community colleges in the area. We have answered many...

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$250 Student Chapter Grant Program
Nov17

$250 Student Chapter Grant Program

ACS Sacramento Section is announcing a new grant opportunity. Student chapters within the section may apply for up to $250 to engage in outreach to K-12 schools. Contact Bill Miller for more information.

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UC Davis Department of Chemistry Launches Inaugural “Career Fair”
Aug28

UC Davis Department of Chemistry Launches Inaugural “Career Fair”

by Perry Gee On Saturday, April 23, 2016, the Department of Chemistry at UC Davis hosted its inaugural “Career Fair in Chemistry.” This half-day outreach event was held as a vehicle for chemistry majors to learn from industry insiders and alumnus about what they need to develop (or consider) when entering their post-graduate careers. It also gave the presenters an opportunity to meet potential candidates first-hand....

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UCD Chem Club: Several Successful Events
Apr21

UCD Chem Club: Several Successful Events

The Chemistry Club at UC Davis had a lot of fun over winter quarter. We were able to include fifteen members in our first ever soap project that included a procedure and wet lab synthesis designed by our vice president Ben Wigman and one of our most active members Matthew Cheung. The event allowed for a hands-on experience with the process of saponification. The excess soap has been packaged and is now being sold in order to raise...

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UC Davis Chem Club Activities
Feb09

UC Davis Chem Club Activities

The chemistry club at UCD had a very active fall quarter. We were involved in several chemistry demonstrations in collaboration with the chemistry department’s outreach committee. In honor of national chemistry week we helped host a two day event at the discovery museum science and space center in Sacramento during which we had table top demos for small children. We were even featured on Good Day Sacramento to advertise the event. We...

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Oct. 20 Lab Safety Seminar and ACS Outreach to UCD Undergraduates
Oct01

Oct. 20 Lab Safety Seminar and ACS Outreach to UCD Undergraduates

The UC Davis Chemistry Department, in conjunction with ACS Fellow Debbie Decker, will present the ACS webinar, “Tales of Lab Safety: How to Avoid Rookie Accidents” at 4:00 pm. The webinar will be followed by a reception with food, games, prizes and the chance to meet local ACS members. “Tales of Lab Safety: How to Avoid Rookie Accidents” October 20, 4:00PM Chemistry Building Room 172 All are invited! There is a learning curve with...

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UCD Chem Club: A Fast Start to the School Year
Oct01

UCD Chem Club: A Fast Start to the School Year

The Chemistry Club at UC Davis is a dynamic social and academic club with an emphasis on outreach. We host many events throughout the year as well as chemistry demos for the community in order to promote the physical sciences. Our officers consist of mostly undergraduate students in Chemistry. However this year we are lucky enough to have three graduate student representatives on our team as well as Professor Crabtree, Professor...

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2016 ACS Student Leadership Award
Oct01

2016 ACS Student Leadership Award

Gain management and leadership skills by applying for a 2016 ACS Student Leadership award! The award covers travel, accommodation, and registration expenses for the 2016 ACS Leadership Institute to be held January 2016, in Dallas, TX at the Dallas InterContinental Hotel. Visit the ACS Leadership Institute page to find out more and learn answers to frequently asked questions. Participation is limited to 15 undergraduate ACS student...

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Chemistry Club at UC Davis Goes Waste-Free!
May21

Chemistry Club at UC Davis Goes Waste-Free!

by Kate Gibson The Chemistry Club at UC Davis provides outreach to schools, community groups, and UC Davis students. The annual audience of the Chemistry Club Picnic Day “Magic Show” exceeds 1500 participants, ranging from small children to seniors. For the first time in the history of the Chemistry Club, the annual Picnic Day “Magic Show” was accomplished without producing any hazardous waste. Joshua Greenfield, a graduate student at...

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UCD Chemistry Magic Show: A Day in the Life of a Chemist
Apr12

UCD Chemistry Magic Show: A Day in the Life of a Chemist

The Chemistry Club at UC Davis provides outreach shows and demonstrations to schools, community groups, and UC Davis students. The annual audience of Chemistry Club events exceeds 2000 participants, ranging from 5-year old kids to seniors. This year the popular Chemistry “Magic Show” will again be part of the annual Picnic Day tradition at UC Davis on April 18, 2015 with a theme titled “A Day in the Life of a Chemist”. Shows will take...

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Upcoming Chemistry Magic Show for UCD Chemistry Club
Mar10

Upcoming Chemistry Magic Show for UCD Chemistry Club

The Chemistry Club will participate in the annual Picnic Day on April 18, 2015. There will be four Magic Shows at 10:30am, 11:30am, 1pm, and 2pm. Tickets are first come first serve, with people lining up as early as 6:00am. The Chemistry Club at UC Davis provides outreach shows and demonstrations to schools, community groups, and UC Davis students. The annual audience of Chemistry Club events exceeds 2000 participants, ranging from 5...

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UC Davis Chemistry Club News Spring 2015

The Chemistry Club at UC Davis provides outreach shows and demonstrations to schools and community groups throughout the year. In addition, the Club has increased outreach to Chemistry students at UC Davis, including final exam review sessions, information and networking sessions, seminars, fundraising, and social activities. These activities have received positive feedback from students and we strive to continue reaching out to...

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UC Davis Chemistry Club News Fall 2014
Sep26

UC Davis Chemistry Club News Fall 2014

Welcome to this year’s new officers: Kate Gibson, David Barga, Benjamin Wigman, Bradley Petkus, Dalena Tran, Hope Nikolaychuk, and Michelle Tin! Faculty advisors are Profs. Kovnir, Franz and Crabtree. The Chemistry Club at UC Davis provides outreach shows and demonstrations to schools and community groups throughout the year. In August, volunteers performed demonstrations for >50 children from Birch Lane Elementary Summer...

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