ABOUT ALPHA CHI SIGMA
Our past is prestigious. Not only are many of our members world-class scientists and engineers, but we sponsor a variety of scholarships and awards. Notable ones are the ACS Award in Pure Chemistry and the AIChE Award in Chemical Engineering. With our involvement in other chemistry and chemical engineering professional organizations, our members are a bridge between these various organizations.
Membership with the local chapter benefits students not only by helping with their studies but also by providing projects and activities that teach the roles of leadership and management. We provide an opportunity to create lifelong friendships with others interested in chemistry. Sometimes it's just nice to be able to walk into a room and tell a chemistry joke!
As a professional member, further opportunities for meeting other members can help with employment, hiring, and relationships. Our Professional members appreciate meeting others involved in chemistry outside of their workplaces and outside of their field of work.
Membership is for life.
Purely professional organizations have their advantages, as Alpha Chi Sigma constantly encourages its members to become active in these organizations. Social fraternities can also offer much to students. However, only a professional fraternity - and Alpha Chi Sigma is the only national professional chemistry fraternity in the United States - can provide college students and professionals in chemistry and related fields with shared interests and bonds of fraternity.
The Three Objects
The purpose of Alpha Chi Sigma is reflected in the Three Objects of the Fraternity, which express the true ideals of all its members:
To bind its members with a tie of true and lasting friendship.
To strive for the advancement of chemistry both as a science and as a profession.
To aid its members by every honorable means in the attainment of their ambitions as chemists throughout their mortal lives.
What is a Professional Fraternity?
A professional fraternity is a specialized fraternity that limits its membership to a specific field of professional education in accredited colleges and universities offering courses leading to recognized degrees therein. It maintains mutually exclusive membership in that field and may also initiate members of general social fraternities provided that initiates are in related fields. It also organizes its group life specifically to promote professional competency and achievement within its field.