Honor Societies, Clubs & Activities
Chemistry Honor Society (Gamma Sigma Epsilon):
The Sigma Alpha Chapter of Gamma Sigma Epsilon National Chemistry Honor Society was formed at Georgian Court University in May 1997. This Chapter provides an opportunity for distinction to those students demonstrating exceptional ability in the field of chemistry and biochemistry. It aims to promote both professionalism and the general welfare of its members. The membership of the chapter is open to students who have completed 16 credits in the chemistry/biochemistry major or minor track with a minimum of 3.0 grade point average and at least a 3.0 overall grade point average. Transfer students who meet the above requirements are eligible for membership after one semester at Georgian Court University. Every year, the initiation ceremony is held during the spring semester.
Chemistry and biochemistry students participate in a college-wide Research Evening each year. The students present their work and findings to an audience of their peers across the disciplines. Research students are also encouraged to present research results at the annual meeting of MARM, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society. In addition, each year a field trip is organized to the Eastern Analytical Symposium, the largest annual exposition of scientific instrumentation on the east coast. Finally, students are always invited, and often attend, the monthly local luncheon meetings of the Ocean County Section of American Chemical Society.
National Chemistry Week Activities at Georgian Court
In what has become an annual celebration at Georgian Court University, the events of National Chemistry Week over the last several years have included visits to the university by numerous primary and secondary school groups.
These students and teachers have participated in laboratory workshops on slime and diapers (two different workshops, please!), chemical magic demonstration shows, a traveling exhibition on the history of Polymers, and poster contests at the various schools with prizes given by the Ocean County ACS. Winning poster entries have been displayed in area libraries and malls. Faculty, staff and our Student Affiliates all contribute to making the week a wonderful celebration.
Georgian Court and the American Chemical Society Education Night
In May, chemistry and biochemistry faculty and students host The Education Night honoring high school students for their outstanding achievements in chemistry. A student from every public high school in Ocean County will be honored for his/her excellence in learning chemistry. The program includes presentation of awards to students, followed by a technical presentation by a guest speaker. The program concludes with a reception honoring the students and their teachers for their commitment to chemical education.
Student Affiliate of the American Chemical Society (GCU Chapter)
April 6, 1999, marks the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Georgian Court Chapter of the Student Affiliate of the American Chemical Society. Two-time Nobel Laureate Linus Pauling's signature graces our founding charter which is proudly displayed. The Affiliate organization has been recognized by the Society with several "Outstanding Chapter" and "Commendable Affiliate" awards.
The student run chapter holds several meetings each semester and is active in a wide variety of activities including assisting in demonstrations and workshops for visiting high school and grammar school students, especially during National Chemistry Week, participating in Georgian Court's annual Family Day celebration, and sponsoring chemistry and biochemistry parties.
Externships in Chemistry:
The Externship Program provides the student with industrial or advanced academic research experience. Students present research findings at an appropriate industrial or academic seminar on site and provide a written report to the faculty. The number of credits may vary between 1-4 hours. Junior or senior status is required.