UCS Game Night

Hey everyone, the UCS is hosting a games Night on April 1st via zoom. This is your chance to relax from school work and have some fun before final exams! The format of the event is very relaxed and you will be able to join breakout rooms of your choice to play and socialize with your friends and classmates! Make sure to RSVP by March 31st at 11:59pm.if you are interested in attending. We will be giving raffle draw prizes as well as prizes to people wining games. Make sure to stay until the end of the event! We will providing zoom links to those who RSVP.

Graduate Student Panel

Co-op Information Session

Are you a second or third year chemistry student interested in the Chemistry Co-op program? Come to the info session next week on Thursday, February 4th! Be sure to RSVP so we know that you’re coming!
Rob Driscoll, the chemistry co-op coordinator, will be giving a presentation on the opportunities for students that enroll in the program, and answering any questions you may have. Also, former co-op students will share their experiences as well!

★ When: February 4th from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
★ Where: Online via Zoom

Please RSVP at the following link below if you’re interested!
https://forms.gle/gPUfU6xTGgjrDZSS9

Hope to see you there!

Faculty Meet and Greet

Welcome back everyone to a new term and a new year. Hopefully, you have had an amazing break and you are excited for a new term. We have heard all your feedback and are looking forward to hosting another virtual faculty meet and greet. Make sure to come by to have a chance to socialize with profs and meet new people. It’s also your chance to ask the profs about their research and maybe you get a chance to do funded research over summer. You will also have a chance to socialize with others in your majors and play games. We will be having a raffle draw as well so make sure to stick around till the end of the event! Please fill this form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc81icZd3-3MUBJ4GtztLiss4xyHsygtmCRSHniywrgFBmxew/viewform before Wednesday January 27th, 2021 at 11:59pm if you are interested in joining us. We will send the zoom link to those that RSVP

University of Toronto Graduate School Info Session

Interested in graduate studies in chemistry at the University of Toronto?
Come out to the Undergraduate Chemistry Society’s Graduate Info Session to learn about applying to the University of Toronto’s graduate chemistry program! Get more information about applications, current research being done and grad life from both a UBC alum and UofT’s Prof. Alex Voznyy!  The zoom link will be sent out a day before the event to everyone who RSVPs! https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfE9aGXFeY4XW_50TzFftkVOskprshAKTWPokxSm3bgXUMfEw/viewform

UCS 2020 Virtual Faculty Meet & Greet

The UCS will be hosting our virtual faculty meet and greet over zoom this term. Make sure to sign up using this google form while there are spots remaining! We will be having some interactive games and you will have a chance to meet your profs in a casual setting! We will be providing a zoom link to people who RSVP! https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeqHcYQJ3U3a6tbp35-rnLetWeV8zmqAzAaL9gn2IiZHNpV2g/viewform

 

City University of New York Boot Camp

Interested in going to grad school at the City University of New York? Attend their information session this Friday, Nov. 13, 2020 from 1 pm to 3 pm to learn more about the application process and the bench science PhD programs (Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry and Physics) as well as obtain general advice on preparing a competitive application. Register for the event using this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/application-boot-camp-for-bench-science-phd-programs-tickets-124429715629 Hope to see you there!!

 

First Diversity in Chemistry Conference 2020

The Undergraduate Chemistry Society (UCS) at UBC is hosting its first Diversity in Chemistry Conference. The aim of this conference is to encourage diversity in the field in both academia and industry as well as have discussions about how we can collectively work to make the field a more inclusive and accessible environment.

Time: 9 AM – 3 PM
Date: Saturday, March 14th, 2020
Location: Rm 435 Henry Angus (Sauder School of Business Building)

If you would like to be in attendance please RSVP down in the link below: https://forms.gle/rLKipbm4ThNnAj6J6

Chemistry Co-op Info Session Winter 2020

Interested in doing co-op? Then come to the UCS co-op info session happening on Tuesday Feb 11th in D211 from 12:30 until 2:00pm to learn more!

You’ll be able to learn what the co-op program is, the application process, important dates, and more. You will also have the opportunity to talk to Rob Driscoll, Chemistry co-op coordinator, and ask any questions you may have. Hope to see you there!

Chemistry Class of 2020 Graduation Photos

UBC Chemistry Class of 2020:

Please book your graduation photos with Artona.

  • Please note that all appointments available online on a first-come, first-served basis.

The photo session includes grad portraits and casual and dressy outfits
A $60 refundable deposit is collected at your appointment.  When you login online to select your yearbook photo and order your photos there will be a $60 credit in your account.

If you have questions, you can contact Artona at: www.artona.com/faq or csr@artona.com

Chemiformal 2019!

The Undergraduate Chemistry Society’s annual Chemiformal is back! Chemiformal 2019 is an end-of-year celebration happening on Friday, March 29th at the Pinnacle harbourfront Hotel! Grab your tickets early before we sell out!

Date: Friday, March 29
Time: 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Location: Pinnacle harbourfront Hotel

This year’s event will feature:

  • Full three course dinner buffet
  • Photobooth
  • Dance floor
  • Multiple DJ performances, courtesy of UBC EDM Club
  • Door prizes and Grand Prize raffle tickets

 Ticket Sales:

https://danch2night.com/event/chemiformal

Prices: Early bird – $40 (until March 15 only); Regular – $45

Faculty Meet and Greet!

Faculty Meet & Greet is back! Come out this Thursday (Oct 25th) to CHEM D211 and seize the opportunity to speak to your profs in a more casual setting. Get to know them and their research over a selection of FREE wine and cheese! 🥂

Make sure you RSVP at https://goo.gl/forms/n3C77VeIsa47jrNu1 by October 24TH and since we are serving alcohol, this is a 19+ event so please bring TWO pieces of government-issued ID for admittance into the event.

2017 Winter Edition: Faculty Meet & Greet

Get to know your professors and instructors in a casual setting, ask them about their research interests, and meet some fellow chemists over light refreshments. Entry is free.

**Note: This is a 19+ event. Please bring 2 pieces of government issued photo ID.

Date: Thursday October 19th, 2017

Time: 6:00 – 9:00pm

Location: CHEM D211 (graduate lounge)

RSVP by Friday, October 13th, 2017: ucs.chem.ubc.ca/fmg

Professional Communications Workshop 2017

Are you interested in working in a research lab but don’t know how to find a position? Then come to our annual Professional Communications Workshop where you will receive some tips and tricks on how to approach professors about a laboratory position, find research opportunities, and write effective resumes and applications.

Guest speakers:

  • Allison Mander-Wionzek, UBC Career Services
  • Prof. Pierre Kennepohl, UBC Chemistry
  • Prof. Jennifer Love, UBC Chemistry

Date: Thursday October 26th, 2017

Time: 12:30 – 2:00pm

Location: CHEM D211 (graduate lounge)

RVSP by Sunday October 22nd, 2017: ucs.chem.ubc.ca/pcw

 

2-Bucks-a-Beaker: Back 2 School Edition

This is the FIRST 2-Bucks-a-Beaker of the semester! Come and kick off the school year with cheap alcohol and fun times with the Undergraduate Chemistry Society. Bring your friends!!

Date: Friday, September 15
Time: 5:30 – 10:00 pm
Location: Abdul Ladha Science Student Centre
Free to enter. $2 drink tickets. $5 beaker + drink ticket.
Free chips, soda, water, juice and pizza provided.

Note: This is a 19+ event, so please bring 2 pieces of ID (including 1 government-issued photo ID).

We hope to see you there!

Exam Packages for CHEM 123, CHEM 213 and CHEM 218

Worried about your upcoming finals? Looking for some extra practice questions to help you ace those finals? The Undergraduate Chemistry Society (UCS) is here to help is selling final exam packages for CHEM 123, CHEM 213 and CHEM 218!

Date: March 27 – April 4
Time: 10:00 – 4:00 pm every day
Location: Outside of B250
Payment type: Cash only

Prices:

  • CHEM 123 → $10 each ($8 for UCS members) SOLD OUT.
  • CHEM 213 → $10 each ($8 for UCS members)
  • CHEM 218 → $8 each ($6 for UCS members)

The packages are not necessarily questions from past exams but rather, extra practice questions relevant to the curriculum. Also, the packages were reviewed by professors and grad students with extensive knowledge in the course topics.

Note: Each exam package has an answer key at the back.

We will not be selling exam packages during final exams.

UCS Elections 2017

It’s time for us to assemble the 2017/18 UCS Executive team!

The UCS executive team is a group of undergraduate chemistry students that host various academic and social events throughout the year including Faculty Meet and Greet2-Bucks-a-Beaker, Chemistry Lab Tours, and much more! Being an executive member is a great way to learn the “behind-the-scenes” of each event, know more about what goes on in the Department of Chemistry, and make new friends with fellow chemists!

If you would like to see the positions we have available for the 2017/18 year, please see the following document: ucs.chem.ubc.ca/join.

If you are interested in being involved with the UCS next year, please fill out the following form by Friday, March 24th at 11:59 pmhttps://goo.gl/forms/CcNIwZOfDKaEM9UE3

Please note that only chemistry students (including combined majors/honours) or students planning on majoring in chemistry are eligible to apply/run for a position. 2017/18 executives will not officially take on their new roles until late April/early May.


The annual UCS Elections will take place on Wednesday, March 29th from 6:00 to 7:00 pm in CHEM D215.

Only 2016/2017 UCS executive members will be eligible to VOTE because current team members have the best understanding of the required time commitment/responsibilities for each position.

If you have any questions about elections, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our president at ucspresident@gmail.com.

Chemistry Lab Tours 2017: Round 2!

Have you ever wondered what a real research laboratory looks like? Thinking about summer research opportunities? Participate in the Undergraduate Chemistry Society’s (UCS) lab tours to find out!

The UCS is hosting two days of lab tours at different UBC Chemistry research labs. Students will learn more about each professor’s research over a catered lunch followed by a guided lab visit.

Day 1 – Tuesday, February 28 @12:30 – 2:00 pm in CHEM D213

  • Dr. Algar
    • Research Interests: Bioanalytical, physical, and materials chemistry; development of luminescent materials such as quantum dots, polymer dots, and lanthanide complexes for bioanalysis.
  • Dr. Perrin
    • Research Interests: Synthetic chemistry and bioinorganic chemistry to create new biologic probes, imaging agents, and catalytic drugs

If you are interested in attending this set of lab tours, please RSVP here.


Day 2 – Thursday, March 2 @ 12:30 – 2:00 pm in CHEM D213

  • Dr. Berlinguette
    • Research Interests: Solar energy conversion, which includes the design of novel nanoscale materials for advanced solar cells and developing economically viable ways of storing solar electricity as high density fuels. (From his research group website)
  • Dr. Sammis
    • Research Interests: Development of new methods for the syntheses of architecturally complex natural products, natural product synthesis, organic free radicals, radical fluorination.

If you are interested in attending this set of lab tours, please RSVP here.

2-Bucks-a-Beaker: March 2017

This is the LAST 2-Bucks-a-Beaker of the semester! Come celebrate the end of the semester with your Undergraduate Chemistry Society!

Date: Friday, March 24
Time: 5:30 – 10:00 pm
Location: Abdul Ladha Science Student Centre
Free to enter. $2 drink tickets. $5 beaker + drink ticket.
Free chips, soda, water, juice and pizza provided.

The UBC EDM Club will be providing music for the night!

Note: This is a 19+ event, so please bring 2 pieces of ID (including 1 government-issued photo ID).

We hope to see you there!

Chemistry Undergraduate Research Conference 2017

Interested in research in the field of chemistry? Curious about the type of projects undergraduate chemistry students can be involved in for CHEM 445 RLE and CHEM 449? Come to this year’s Chemistry Undergraduate Research Conference (CURC) to find out!

CURC features presentations from undergraduate chemistry students conducting research on a variety of topics including asymmetric dearomatization, exploring a tunable sulfur bridge for solar cell applications, synthesizing oligonucleotide aptamers for targeted cancer therapy, using nitrobenzylpyridine as a real-time assessment of workplace contamination levels, and more!

Research projects from the following groups will be featured: Algar, Berlinguette, Chen, Ciufolini, Fryzuk, Hudson, Love, and Perrin.

Date: Thursday, March 23
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:30 PM**
Location: Irving K. Barber Learning Center – Dodson Room
Entry: FREE and students from all years are welcome to attend!

Lunch and light refreshments will be provided.

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP here: ucs.chem.ubc.ca/curc. Space is limited!

** Although attendees are highly encouraged to stay for the entire event, we understand the conference may conflict with some classes. If you need to arrive late/leave early, we kindly ask that you wait until the end of a presentation before entering/leaving to avoid disrupting the guest speakers.

 

Interested in Joining the UCS?

Are you a chemistry student interested in joining the Undergraduate Chemistry Society as an executive member for the 2017/18 academic year?

The UCS executive team is a group of undergraduate chemistry students that hosts various academic and social events throughout the year including Faculty Meet and Greet2-Bucks-a-Beaker, Chemistry Lab Tours, and much more! Being an executive member is a great way to learn the “behind-the-scenes” of each event, know more about what goes on in the Department of Chemistry, and make new friends with fellow chemists!

If you would like to learn more about the available positions we have for the 2017/18 year, more of what the UCS does, and how to apply for a position, please come to our info session on Thursday, March 9!

Date: Thursday, March 9
Time: 12:30 – 1:00 PM
Location: CHEM D213

Please RSVP at the following link so we know that you are coming! We’ll also have some donuts!

RSVP here: https://goo.gl/forms/3aiAJ0WjMYJHgAUr2

Please note the following:

  • Only existing UCS executive members are eligible to run for the following positions: president, vice president and treasurer. All other positions do not require previous experience in the UCS.
  • Only chemistry students or students planning to major in chemistry are eligible to apply for a position.

 

Chemistry Forum 2017

Are you interested in learning about what you can do with your chemistry degree? The annual Chemistry Forum is happening on Tuesday, March 7! Chemistry Forum 2017 will feature guest speakers from various companies to illustrate the versatility of a chemistry degree. Students will get to learn about different career paths, ask questions, and socialize with the guest speakers over light refreshments and a catered lunch!

Date: Tuesday, March 7
Time: 9:30 AM – 2:00 PM***
Location: Abdul Ladha Science Student Centre
Entry: FREE but please RSVP @ ucs.chem.ubc.ca/forum
Dress Code: Semi-formal/business casual

Light refreshments and a catered lunch will be provided.

***Note: All 300- and 400-level chemistry courses that are regularly scheduled between 9:30 AM – 2:00 PM will be cancelled to allow senior chemistry students time to attend Chemistry Forum. Students of all year levels are encouraged to attend between classes.

Our guest speakers will include:

  • Jennifer Morse, CARO Analytical
  • JM Lauzon, SAP
  • Matt Roberts, SWITCH Materials
  • Natalie Campbell, SWITCH Materials
  • Hua Yang, TRIUMF
  • Paul Cyr, UBC UILO
  • Sherry Xie, Viva Pharmaceuticals

Meet Your Major 2017: Information Fair

At the Meet Your Major event, first year students will have the opportunity to chat with upper-level students and learn about different specializations in the Faculty of Science. Attendees can get students’ perspective on potential majors, asking questions about courses, career options, and other experiences. For more information, visit the Faculty of Science’s website: https://science.ubc.ca/students/events/meet-your-major.

The Department of Chemistry’s undergraduate advisor, Dr. Jackie Stewart, and two executive members of the Undergraduate Chemistry Society will be at the event. We hope you stop by our table to chat!

Date: Monday, March 6
Time: 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Location: Life Sciences Centre
Cost: Free to attend!

Chemiformal 2017


The Undergraduate Chemistry Society’s annual Chemiformal is back! Chemiformal 2017 is an end-of-year celebration happening on Friday, March 31st at the Point Grey Golf and Country Club. Grab your tickets early before we sell out!

Date: Friday, March 31
Time: 6:00 pm – 12:00 am
Location: Point Grey Golf and Country Club (3350 SW Marine Drive)

The venue is accessible by the 49 bus and free parking will be available

This year’s event will feature:

  • Full three course dinner buffet
  • Cash bar (one free drink ticket & glass of wine included)
  • Scenic venue with outdoor patio
  • Photobooth
  • Dance floor
  • Multiple DJ performances, courtesy of UBC EDM Club
  • Door prizes and Grand Prize raffle tickets

 Ticket Sales:

  • Starting Feb. 14 – graduating students
  • Starting Feb. 27 – senior (3rd and 4th year) non-graduating students
  • Starting Mar. 06 until Mar. 10– general 
Prices: Early bird – $30 (until March 3 only); Regular – $35
Dates & Times: MWF (11-1 pm) and TTH (12:30-2 pm) in CHEM D132

 

Graduating and senior non-graduating students may purchase a +1 ticket at the early bird price until March 3.

 

Since this is a 19+ event, please bring two pieces of ID (including 1 government-issued photo ID).

 

For more information, please contact us at ucs.chemiformal@gmail.com.

Chemistry Coop Info Session 2017

Are you a second or third year chemistry student interested in the Chemistry Co-op program? Come to the info session next week on Wednesday, February 15th! Be sure to RSVP so we know that you’re coming!

Milah Woo, a UBC co-op coordinator, will be giving a presentation on the opportunities for students that enroll in the program, and answering any questions you may have.

  • When: February 15th from 11:00 to 12:00 pm
  • Where: Chemistry D317 (to be confirmed)

Please click here to RSVP if you’re interested!

Valentine’s Day Beaker Candygrams 2017

We received amazing feedback about our mini-beaker Holiday Candygrams, so we are bringing the beaker candygrams back! This time around, we’re making Valentine’s Day beaker candygrams!

Each candygram comes with a 50 mL beaker stuffed with delicious Valentine’s Day-themed candies. Grab one for your friends and family! You can even grab one for yourself because you’re worth it (treat yourself!).

Be sure to take a careful look at our sale times down below. We’re selling at different times everyday in an attempt to accommodate your schedules!

Sale Dates: February 1-14, 2017
Cost: $4 for non-members and $2 for UCS members (cash only)
Location: in front of CHEM B250
Times: 

  • 11 -12 pm (Monday and Wednesday)
  • 12:30 – 1:30 pm (Tuesday and Thursday)
  • 2-3 pm (Friday)

Can’t make our sale times but want a candygram? Contact us and we’ll help you out!

 

Storm the Wall 2017

It’s that time of year again! Storm the Wall 2017 is coming up in March! The Undergraduate Chemistry Society always wants to help you have fun and make the best out of your undergraduate experience, so we are fully reimbursing chemistry teams and individuals! You worry about having fun and we’ll take care of the registration fee!

Are you interested in participating but do not have a team? Contact us at ucsathletics@gmail.com and we’ll try our best to group you with other interested individuals!

Registration is open until March 17! Visit www.stormthewall.ca to register and to find more information.

Visit our Sports Rebate page to learn more about reimbursement.

Note: In order to qualify for reimbursement as a chemistry team, at least 3 out of 5 members must be in chemistry.

If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch with us at ucsathletics@gmail.com.

 

Chem You Escape?

 

The Undergraduate Chemistry Society is excited to host a brand new event this year: Chem You Escape?

Do you like solving puzzles? Do you like spending some fun time with a group of friends on campus? If you answered yes to either question, this event is for you! Chem You Escape? is a FREE interactive escape room open to everyone! Prizes will be awarded to the team with the shortest escape time!

Dates: January 25-26
Times: 10:00 – 4:00 pm (pick a half hour time slot)
Location: CHEM D132 (UCS Lounge)
Cost: FREE!

All of the time slots are now FULL.

If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch with us!

Faculty Meet & Greet is Back!

The Undergraduate Chemistry Society (UCS) is hosting another Faculty Meet & Greet event on Tuesday, January 24! Come mingle with your fellow chemists, professors and other faculty members in a casual setting over some light refreshments.

Date: Tuesday, January 24
Time: 6:00 – 9:00 PM (feel free to drop by any time!)
Location: CHEM D211
Free to enter but students must RSVP!

Please RSVP by Friday, January 20 at https://ucs.chem.ubc.ca/meetandgreet.

Our faculty guest list includes (but is not limited to):

  • Dr. Jackie Stewart
  • Dr. Jay Wickenden
  • Dr. Jennifer Love
  • Dr. Jose Rodriguez-Nunez
  • Dr. Laurel Schafer
  • Dr. Michael Wolf

Note: This is a 19+ event. Please be sure to sure to have 2 pieces of ID on you at all times (1 MUST be a government issued photo ID and UBC Cards are NOT valid forms of secondary ID).

First 2-Bucks-a-Beaker of 2017!

Happy 2017! Join the Undergraduate Chemistry Society (UCS) next Friday, January 13 at the first 2-Bucks-a-Beaker event of the new year!

Date: Friday, January 13
Time: 5:30 – 10:00 pm
Location: Abdul Ladha Science Student Centre
Free to enter. $2 drink tickets. $5 beaker + drink ticket.
Free chips, soda, water, and pizza provided.

This is a 19+ event, so please bring 2 pieces of ID (including 1 government-issued photo ID).

See you all there!

Happy Holidays & Good Luck with Final Exams!

The Undergraduate Chemistry Society would like to wish the best of luck to everyone preparing for final exams!

Happy holidays and we’ll see you in the new year!

Here’s a sneak peak of some upcoming events in January:

2-Bucks-a-Beaker is Back!

2-Bucks-a-Beaker (November)

Update: Thank you to everyone who helped us raise funds for The Movember Foundation! We surpassed our goal of $350 and raised a total of $456! We couldn’t have done it with everyone’s help.


2-Bucks-a-Beaker is back! Join the Undergraduate Chemistry Society (UCS), along with your fellow chemists, on Friday, November 25 for a night of fun!

Since it is November, the UCS will be collecting donations for The Movember Foundation, an organization committed to changing the face of men’s health. Additionally, the UCS will be donating $1 for every drink sold. Half of your toonie goes to charity! You can also donate online at our team page: mosista.co/ucs-ubc.

Donate to The Movember Foundation!

Date: Friday, November 25
Time: 5:30 – 10:00 pm
Location: CHEM D211/D213
Free to enter. $2 drink tickets. $5 beaker + drink ticket.
Free chips, soda, water, and pizza provided.

This is a 19+ event, so please bring 2 pieces of ID (including 1 government-issued photo ID).

See you all there!

Final Exam Packages

With midterms wrapping up and final exams right around the corner, the Undergraduate Chemistry Society is here to help! We are selling final exam packages that contain extra practice questions to help you ace those finals!

We have final exam packages for the following courses: CHEM 121, CHEM 203, CHEM 208, and CHEM 233

Date: November 21 – 30
Time: 11:00 – 4:00 pm every day
Location: Outside of B250
Price
: $15 each ($10 for UCS members)
Payment type: Cash only

The packages are not questions from past exams but rather, extra practice questions relevant to the curriculum. Also, the packages were reviewed by professors and grad students with extensive knowledge in the course topics.

Note: Each exam package has an answer key at the back.

Chemistry Lab Tours

Chemistry Lab Tours - Term 1

Have you ever wondered what a real research laboratory looks like? Thinking about summer research opportunities? Participate in the Undergraduate Chemistry Society’s (UCS) lab tours to find out!

The UCS is hosting two days of lab tours at four different UBC Chemistry research labs. Students will learn more about each professor’s research over a catered lunch followed by a guided lab visit.

Day 1 – Thursday, November 10 (12:30 – 2:00 pm in CHEM D213)

We have reached the maximum capacity for Day 1. 

  • Dr. Love (synthesis/catalysis)
  • Dr. Hudson (materials/catalysis)

Day 2 – Tuesday, November 15 (12:30 – 2:00 pm in CHEM D213)

  • Dr. Hein (organic/catalysis)
  • Dr. Ciufolini (organic)

We have reached the maximum capacity for Day 2. 

Graduate School Info Session: University of Victoria

University of Victoria

The UCS has the great pleasure to have Dr.Robin Hicks from the University of Victoria (UVic) present his research on synthesis of inorganic molecules, for example making redox active ligand containing coordination complexes at our second Graduate Info Session on Thursday, November 3rd.

Come to the session to learn more about research, graduate student life, and other opportunities at UVic. There will also be an opportunity to ask Dr.Hicks questions about UVic or graduate school after his presentation. Find out more about the research aims of the Hicks group here: http://web.uvic.ca/~rhicks/research.html

Date: Thursday, November 3rd
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm 12:30 – 1:30 pm (* we have changed the time due to the CHEM 304 midterm)
Location: CHEM D317

Lunch will be provided, but space is limited!

Please RVSP at https://goo.gl/oYL5VU by Sunday, October 30.

Mini-Beaker Holiday Candygrams (**Extended Sales**)

Beaker Candygrams - Extended Sales

Are you looking to turn midterm season into holiday season? Come and get mini-beaker holiday candygrams from the Undergraduate Chemistry Society (UCS)!

Place your pre-orders during the following dates/times:

Sales: Monday, October 31 – Thursday, November 10 Friday, November 18 (*sales have been extended!)
Times: 2:00 – 3:00 (MWF); 12:00 – 1:00 pm (TTH)
Location: CHEM D132 (UCS Lounge)
Cost (cash only): $4 for UCS members / $6 for non-members

The candygrams will be ready for pick up mid- to late-November. Everyone that purchases a candygram will receive an email once they are ready!

We have a limited number of mini-beaker candygrams, so get yours while quantities last!

Professional Communications Workshop 2016

Professional Communications Workshop 2016 - Updated

The Undergraduate Chemistry Society (UCS) invites you to attend our annual Professional Communications Workshop on Thursday, October 27 from 12:30 – 2:00 pm in CHEM D213. Come learn about applying for research opportunities, communicating with professors and instructors, writing resumes and cover letters.

Our guest speakers include a representative from UBC Career Services and a faculty member from the Department of Chemistry.

Date: Thursday, October 27
Time: 12:30 – 2:00 pm
Location: CHEM D213 CHEM D215*** (*the room has been changed to accommodate more students)

Lunch will be provided, but space is limited – please RSVP.

Please RSVP by Tuesday, October 25 ahttps://goo.gl/PRFiVS.

Feel free to get in touch with us if you have any questions!

Graduate School Info Session: University of Toronto

University of Toronto

The Undergraduate Chemistry Society (UCS) has the great pleasure to have Dr. Mark Lautens from the University of Toronto (UofT) present his research on organic synthesis and asymmetric catalysis at our Graduate Info Session on Tuesday, November 1st. Come to the session to learn more about research, graduate student life, and other opportunities at UofT. There will also be an opportunity to ask Dr.Lautens any questions that you have about UofT or graduate school after his presentation.

Date: Tuesday, November 1st
Time: 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Location: CHEM D215

Lunch will be provided, but space is limited!

Please RVSP at https://goo.gl/wj3C7L by Friday October 28th.

Inorganic Chemistry Exchange – Gain Research Experience!

Inorganic Chemistry Exchange Logo

Are you a chemistry student interested in gaining research experience?

The Inorganic Chemistry Exchange (ICE) program offers summer employment opportunities to undergraduate students in chemistry, who will have completed the equivalent of two or three full years of study as of May 2017. Up to 7 qualified candidates from across Canada are awarded employment as a summer research assistant at an institution other than their own, in the laboratory of one of these ICE faculty members:

  • Mario Bieringer – University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB
  • Johanna Blacquiere – University of Western Ontario, London, ON
  • Andrew Grosvenor – University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK
  • Vlad Michaelis/Jon Veinot, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB
  • Eric Price, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK
  • Martin Stillman – University of Western Ontario, London, ON
  • Jennifer Love – University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC

The specific interests of the faculty participants vary considerably – there is a whole periodic table out there! Projects will range from synthesis and catalysis to materials science to bioinorganic chemistry. The ICE Program will wrap up with a workshop for all participating students and faculty at the University of Saskatchewan on August 17-18, 2017.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, November 4, 2016 ★

To apply, please download the PDF from the ICE website and fill it in using Adobe Acrobat Reader. Application forms should be submitted electronically (preferred) or as hard-copy, along with a copy of your current academic transcript, to Professor Jennifer Love.

Professor Jennifer Love
Office: A-wing (Chem/Phys building), room 231
Email: jenlove@chem.ubc.ca

Faculty Meet & Greet

Faculty Meet & Greet is back! This is an opportunity for students to mingle with professors and other faculty members outside of the classroom. We will be providing a casual atmosphere with free, light refreshments.

Date: Thursday, October 6
Time: 6:00 – 10:00 PM (feel free to drop by any time!)
Location: CHEM D211
Free to enter but students must RSVP!

Please RSVP by Friday, September 30 at https://ucs.chem.ubc.ca/meetandgreet.

Note: This is a 19+ event. Please be sure to sure to have 2 pieces of ID on you at all times (1 MUST be a government issued photo ID and UBC Cards are NOT valid forms of secondary ID).

Vote Isla for Chemistry Representative!

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Voting is open from September 21 – 23 at https://amsvoting.as.it.ubc.ca/

Our very own Isla wants to be your SUS Chemistry Representative! See what she has to say below:


HEY EVERYONE!
Hope you’re ready for some Chemistry puns, because I’m in my element

My name is Isla Wrightson and I’m currently in my second year studying chemistry. As you may have gathered, I’m running as the Chemistry Representative in this Fall’s SUS Elections!

I would love to have the opportunity to not only represent the Undergraduate Chemistry Society, but all of the amazing Chemistry Undergraduate students this year in the Science Undergraduate Society.

My goal is to try and have a wide array of faculty wide events for Chemistry Undergraduate students and to try and make this year as awesome as possible for science students in general. As the Chemistry Rep, my job would be to represent the Chemistry Department, so that our voices are heard and to work and communicate rigorously with both UCS and SUS in order to do just that. This year I believe we can have alkynes of fun!

Hopefully you find chemistry puns sodium funny too and vote for me to be your Chemistry Rep!

If you’re not in chemistry, please also take a look at all of the other Department Reps and be sure to vote for your favourite candidates!

Feel free to message me or send me an email (islawrightson@live.ca) if you have any questions, concerns, or just to say hi! ☺️

Want to hear more chemistry puns? Don’t worry, I’ll be telling you them… periodically.

Day of the Longboat

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The Undergraduate Chemistry Society will be reimbursing (up to 50%) students for Day of the Longboat!

In order to qualify for a UCS Sports Rebate, at least 70% of the team members must be chemistry students.

Students may apply for reimbursement through the form found on the following page: https://ucs.chem.ubc.ca/sports/.

Have any questions? Email the UCS Athletics Coordinator at ucsathletics@gmail.com.

2-Bucks-a-Beaker: Welcome Back!

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The UCS is pleased to invite you to the first 2-Bucks-a-Beaker event of the new school year!

Date: Friday, September 16
Time: 5:30 – 10:00 PM
Location: Abdul Ladha Science Student Centre
Prices: $2 per drink | $5 for a beaker + drink

Note: This is a 19+ event – 2 pieces of ID are required, including 1 government issued photo ID.

Exam Packs

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Finals are right around the corner and I’m sure that you’ve already completed ALL the practice exams that you can find. Way to go you! But before start drifting into a meaningless existence where there are no more practice exams to hold off your thirst for final exam dominance, you should come buy these super secret exclusive exam packs from the UCS.

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Congratulations, UCS Exec Team of 2014-2015!

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A huge congratulations to this year’s exec team for winning the Canadian Society for Chemistry Student Chapter Merit Award for the second year in a row, as well as the Helen McCrae Award for student engagement. Thank you for your hard work, everyone!

UCS Annual Election: 2015-2016

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Would you like the opportunity to become more involved with the Department of Chemistry as part of a dedicated undergraduate team?

The Undergraduate Chemistry Society is building its Executive Team for the 2015/2016 academic year.

We will be accepting nominations for the following positions. Students going on co-op or exchange terms are encouraged to apply for positions where campus presence is not necessary for both academic terms.

Voting will take place at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, April 8th in Chem D213 and is open to Chemistry students only. If you are unable to attend the UCS elections, we will be accepting votes by proxy through ucspresident@gmail.com until 4:00 pm on Wednesday, April 8th.

Executive Positions for the 2015-2016 Academic Year

Secretary (1)
The secretary is required to be on campus both terms to attend all meetings. The secretary’s duties include: taking notes and preparing meeting minutes at UCS meetings to be sent to all other executives and maintaining the UCS membership list and locker rental list.

Academic Coordinator (2)
The academic coordinators are tasked with contacting graduate schools to host recruitment events at UBC. They are also responsible for ensuring UCS’s exam packages for 1st and 2nd year chemistry classes are up-to-date and filled with relevant questions. This position involves frequent liaising with faculty and graduate students. This role spans the entire academic year; each academic coordinator is required to be on campus for at least one term.

Social Coordinator (2)
The social coordinators organize all the social events hosted by UCS throughout the year. This includes: 2-Bucks-a-Beaker (two per term) and Faculty Meet and Greet (one per term). Procurement of a liquor license, alcohol, pop and chips (2BaB) and cheese and crackers (Faculty Meet and Greet) are required duties. This role spans the entire academic year, and it is strongly preferred that each person be on campus for both terms.

Forum Coordinator (2)
The forum coordinators organize UCS’s annual Chemistry Forum, held in late February/early March, where invited speakers from various industries showcase the role their chemistry degrees have had in shaping their careers. While the event takes place during second term, the majority of the event preparation must be completed during first term. Organization of the all-day event includes, but is not limited to: communicating with potential speakers, ordering catering, booking the event space, and managing a given budget for the event.

Chemistry Undergraduate Research Conference (CURC) Coordinator (1)
The CURC coordinator is responsible for this annual conference held in late March, which showcases original research conducted by undergraduate students. Organization of this event includes: scheduling undergraduates to give presentations, ordering catering, and booking the event space. This position requires more involvement in the second term.

Internal Outreach Officer (1)
This position involves the organization of UCS events, such as lab coat tie-dye and lab tours, for promoting the Department of Chemistry to undergraduate students. This position involves liaising with faculty members, as well as undergraduate and graduate students. The internal outreach officer is required to be on campus both terms.

External Outreach Officer (1)
The external outreach officer is tasked with spearheading UCS’s new community outreach program, in collaboration with UBC Chemistry Outreach. This initiative involves UCS executives giving chemistry demonstrations at elementary and secondary schools, aiming to inspire an enthusiasm for the sciences in young children. The external outreach officer is required to be on campus both terms.

Communications Coordinator (1)
The communications coordinator is responsible for maintaining all of UCS’s social media accounts, including: Facebook (Michael Acceptor) and Twitter (@UCS_UBC). Enthusiastic promotion of all UCS events on Facebook is the key to success for UCS’s events. This position, spanning both terms, does not require the elected executive to be on campus.

Grad Coordinator (2)
The grad coordinators organize Chemiformal, a celebratory event for graduating Chemistry students held in late March. This position spans both terms, with most of the event planning taking place during the second term, though some preparation will be needed in the first term. Organization of the event includes, but is not limited to: booking the event venue, hiring a DJ, procuring prizes, and conducting ticket sales. The grad coordinators will work to plan the event within a given budget.

Website Coordinator (1)
The webmaster is responsible for maintaining UCS’s website: this involves making regular posts detailing event information and updating the website as needed. Experience with WordPress and/or UBC CMS is strongly preferred, while knowledge of HTML/CSS is an asset. This role spans both academic terms, but the elected executive will not be required to be on campus.

Graphic Designer (1)
The graphic designer is responsible for communicating with other UCS executives and generating posters, website graphics, pamphlets, and other promotional material as per the event coordinators’ needs. The graphic designer will work to produce posters that balance aesthetics and functionality to attract attention to UCS-hosted events. Experience with industry standard design software, such as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, is strongly preferred — UCS strives to maintain a professional presence. Experience with designing material for print is a strong asset. This position spans both academic terms, but the executive will not be required to be on campus.

SUS Representative (1)
The successful candidate will be nominated by UCS to serve as the Chemistry Representative on the Science Undergraduate Society’s (SUS) council; UCS will support this representative in his or her campaign and ensure successful election. The SUS representative will serve as the primary link between UCS and other SUS clubs and will be required to attend both SUS and UCS meetings. As such, t­­­­­he SUS representative is required to be on campus for both academic terms.

 

Candidates are welcome to declare their nominations until 11:59 pm on Monday, April 6th. Please email ucspresident@gmail.com with your 3 ranked positions and a short blurb describing your interest and qualifications.

If you have any questions, please email ucspresident@gmail.com.

Chemistry Undergraduate Research Conference 2015

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The event pamphlet is now available for viewing here!

Interested in research in the chemical sciences? Don’t know what is going on in the frontier of research? Then come to the Chemistry Undergraduate Research Conference (CURC)!

By annual tradition, the Undergraduate Chemistry Society invites senior graduate students who have completed or are in the progress of completing research to give oral presentations about their work.

This year, with the support of TA Instruments and the Department of Chemistry at UBC, we are happy to host speakers from diverse fields of research, including the synthesis of tungsten complexes for olefin metathesis, construction of key fragments of natural products, development of chiral nematic crystals, computational studies of carbon nanotubes, and much more.

Event details: 
Date: Thursday, April 2
Time: 12:30–3:30 PM
Location: Dodson Room @ IKBLC

If you are interested in attending the event, please sign up at https://ucs.chem.ubc.ca/curc2015/.

Note that space is limited, so please RSVP as soon as possible. As per usual, refreshments and lunch will be provided.

If you have any questions, please send us an e-mail at undergraduatechemistrysociety@gmail.com!

2-Bucks-a-Beaker: Spring Edition

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Spend the final 2BaB of the school year with fellow chemists and friends!

Event details: 
Date:Friday, March 27, 2015
Time: 5:30-10:00 PM
Location: Abdul Ladha Science Student Center
Price: Beaker + Drink ($5), Drink ($2)
Note: This is a 19+ Event: 2 pieces of ID required – 1 government issued photo ID + secondary ID (not including student cards)

Graduate School Information Session: McGill University

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Date: Monday, February 23, 2015
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Location: Chemistry D213
RSVP: http://goo.gl/forms/69SyCVhfPG

The Undergraduate Chemistry Society is proud to host Ph.D. Candidate Alex Bushuyev from McGill University. Mr. Bushuyev studies photomechanical motion in single crystals of azobenzenes and pseudostilbenes.

Come find out how you can apply, what scholarships are available, and what life is like in Montreal!

Lunch will be provided, but space is limited! Please RSVP by Sunday night, February 22nd.

Graduate School Application Workshop

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Getting ready to apply for grad school? Unsure of how to put together a solid application that will stand out? The Undergraduate Chemistry Society @ UBC is hosting a Graduate School Application Workshop this month aimed at helping prospective grad students with their applications.

The session will be lead by Dr. Michael Wolf and Dr. Laurel Schafer, who will provide valuable advice concerning the formation of applications, obtaining references, and required standardized exams. In particular, this is an opportunity to learn what it takes to be a successful applicant, receiving attention from admission departments and professors alike.

Date: Friday, February 27th, 2015
Time: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: CHEM D317

Thank you for your interest. Please RSVP @ https://ucs.chem.ubc.ca/gradapps by the night of Tuesday, February 24th if you would like to attend this workshop — space is limited. Lunch will be provided.

Lab Tours 2015: Round 2

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Have you ever wondered what a real research lab looks like? Are you interested in research and are curious about what the environment will be? If you missed out on our first round of lab tours, you’re in luck!

The Undergraduate Chemistry Society is pleased to be hosting Round 2 of our Chemistry Lab Tours. Students will get an opportunity to explore research labs outside of the chemistry building and discover more about each professor’s research through a guided visit.

March 10th (1:00 – 2:00 pm)
Michael Smith Laboratories (MSL) – Dr. Harry Brumer
Fundamental and Applied Carbohydrate Enzymology
RSVP by Sunday night, March 8th: https://ucs.chem.ubc.ca/labtours

March 12th (2:00 – 3:00 pm)
Advanced Materials and Processing Engineering Laboratories (AMPEL) – Dr. Dan Bizzotto
Electrochemistry/Surface Chemistry – Study of Molecular Films Adsorbed onto Electrode Surfaces
RSVP by Tuesday night, March 10th: https://ucs.chem.ubc.ca/labtours

All students interested in attending lab tours must RSVP. Spots are very limited, so RSVP today!

Please feel free to contact ucsoutreach@gmail.com with any questions.

Chemistry Forum 2015

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Chemistry Forum is an annual event held at UBC, hosted by the UBC Undergraduate Chemistry Society, featuring short presentations from individuals from various fields of chemistry who will have opportunities to speak to and interact with undergraduate chemistry students about their experiences. The main goal of Chemistry Forum 2015 is to illustrate to students the versatility of a chemistry degree.

Guest speakers include professionals from BC Research Inc., BioteQ Environmental Technologies, Carson Graham Secondary, SWITCH Materials, TRIUMF, and UBC!

A catered lunch will be provided for all attendees.

The dress code is smart formal/casual formal.

Attendees MUST RSVP in order to attend. We look forward to seeing you there!

Lab Tours 2015

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Interested in finding out more about your professors’ research interests? Want to witness first-hand what goes on in their research labs? UCS has organized something just for you: lab tours!

Thursday, January 29 (12:30 – 1:50 pm)

  • Dr. MacLachlan (Materials)
  • Dr. Ciufolini (Organic)

Thursday, February 5 (12:30 – 1:50 pm)

  • Dr. Love (Synthesis/Catalysis)
  • Dr. Thachuk (Theoretical)

You must RSVP here in order to come! Spots are filling up fast.

Faculty Meet & Greet: February 2015

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Have you always wondered what your instructors are like outside of class? Come and mingle with your favourite instructors and find out more about their research interests at this event hosted by your Undergraduate Chemistry Society. We will be providing wine and cheese at this 19+ event. Please RSVP here if you would like to come!

Date: Thursday, February 5
Time: 6:00 – 10:00 PM
Location: CHEM D211

Important notes: This is a 19+ event, and students must RSVP to come — please complete and submit the linked form. There is a venue capacity of 45 people.

Tie Dye Lab Coats

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Join UCS on Wednesday, February 11 for your very own swanky tie-dyed lab coat!

Event information:

Date/time: Wed, Feb 11 1-5pm
Location: CHEM C324
Pricing: $3 for members, $5 for non-members/ $25 new lab coat

RSVP information:

Location: CHEM D132 (UCS Lounge), cash only
RSVP Dates: Jan 26 – Feb 6
RSVP Times: M/W/F @ 12-1 pm, T/Th @ 12:30-1:30 pm

For more information, please contact undergraduatechemistrysociety@gmail.com.

New Opportunities for UBC Students to Study Chemistry in Europe: Info Session

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Note: if you are interested in attending this information session, please RSVP at undergraduatechemistrysociety@gmail.com.

The Department of Chemistry now offers two new opportunities for chemistry research and study in Europe. Professor Edward Grant of the Department of Chemistry serves as the UBC academic advisor for both programs and will be hosting an information session on Friday, January 16th4:00 PM – 5:00 PM in CHEM D215An overview of the opportunities is given below:

1. The Trans-Atlantic Science Student Exchange Program (TASSEP)

Beginning with the 2015-16 academic year, UBC undergraduate students can choose to attend any of 19 prominent European universities, for a year of well-guided study abroad under the auspices of TASSEP, the Trans-Atlantic Science Student Exchange Program.

Some features of TASSEP:

  • One-on-one academic advising at UBC to start the program. These sessions will enable the student to develop both an immediate academic plan for study abroad, as well as secure advice on further UBC coursework and options following graduation.
  • Similar one-on-one academic advising at the host institution to smooth the transition and ensure the fit between the student and the curriculum.
  • Transfer credit as UBC numbered courses, fully satisfying graduation requirements. With advising, the student chooses a program of coursework defined by UBC course numbers, listed in a Learning Agreement. The advisor at the host institution defines a program of courses that cover the same aggregate material at the same workload. The student returns with pass-fail credit for the UBC courses listed in the learning agreement.
  • The student registers at UBC. The host institution charges no additional tuition.
  • The host institution assists the student in finding student housing. In many cases the student gains eligibility for subsidized meals.
  • Often times students can find exciting research opportunities and earn UBC course credit for this work.
  • Many institutions teach upper division chemistry courses in English. TASSEP also offers immersion experiences in French and German language instruction.

2. The Free University of Berlin

UBC has begun a second program of exchange with the Free University of Berlin, which will pilot next year will all of the above features of TASSEP. When fully implemented, this program will offer the opportunity for a dual degree. Outstanding students may elect to study at the Free University of Berlin for a second year, at which time the dual degree option could well be available.

Graduation Photos

UBC-eMarketing-1415_Chemistry_Alt UBC CHEM Class of 2015:

If you are intending to graduate in May 2015, please book an appointment for your Artona grad photos. You must be photographed before Feb.3, 2015 to be included on the department composite:

*       Book online: http://ubc-chemistry.artona.timetrade.com/
*       Session includes professional business and grad portraits
*       Don’t forget the $60 deposit! (See PDF for details)

Questions? Contact Artona below!

www.artonagroup.com/faq
csr@artonagroup.com
604-872-7272 ext. 0
Mon. to Sun. 9am to 9pm

Chemistry Exam Package Sale

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Need some extra practice for your upcoming finals? UCS is selling final exam prep packages for the following courses:

Chem 121
Chem 233
Chem 202
Chem 203

Price: $15 each / $10 for members
Location: in front of Chem B150
Date: Monday, November 17th – Friday, November 28
Hours: M/W/F 10am-3pm, T/Th 9:30am-12:30pm and 2:00pm-3:0pm

Professional Communication Workshop

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Update: Did you miss our workshop? Get caught up by checking out this slideshow, courtesy of one of our presenters, Ms. Angela Pau!

Ever wonder how you should approach your professors to ask about research opportunities? How you should communicate with people in the professional world? How do you write an effective résumé and cover letter, especially when you have limited work/research experience?

This year, the Undergraduate Chemistry Society @ UBC is pleased to announce that Ms. Angela Pau, a Career Educator from the Centre for Student Involvement & Careers, will be running a workshop to aid undergraduate students in honing their professional communication skills. Dr. Michael Wolf will be co-presenting and bringing his perspective as a professor in the Chemistry department.

Date: Monday, October 20
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 PM
Location: CHEM D213

Thank you for your interest. Please RSVP here if you would like to attend this workshop.

Faculty Meet & Greet

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Have you always wondered what your instructors are like outside of class? Come and mingle with your favourite instructors and find out more about their research interests at this event hosted by your Undergraduate Chemistry Society. We will be providing wine and cheese at this 19+ event. Please RSVP here if you would like to come!

Date: Thursday, October 23
Time: 6:00 – 10:00 PM
Location: CHEM D211

Important notes: This is a 19+ event, and students must RSVP to come — please complete and submit the linked form. There is a venue capacity of 45 people.

Lab Sales: Lab Manuals, Lab Coats, Safety Glasses, Locker Rentals, and more!

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The beginning of a new school year means it’s time to equip yourself with some invaluable items: namely, lab manuals, safety glasses, all-cotton lab coats, and safety gloves! Stop by the Grad Lounge at CHEM D211 (note: not D215!) on Sept 3rd – 5th (9am – 2pm) or Sept 8th – 12th (10am – 2pm) and stock up on some lab goods (bring cash!).

UCS will also be selling memberships and renting out lockers, so check that out, too!

2-Bucks-a-Beaker: Back to School!

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It’s time to get your drink on — at the first 2BaB of this school year!

Join us on Friday, September 12th from 5:30 to 10:00 PM in the Abdul Ladha Science Student Centre! We’ll be serving beer and cider — it’s $5 for a beaker with a free drink ticket included, or $2 for refills! Bring your own beaker if you have one!

This is a 19+ event, so make sure you have two pieces of identification on hand (including one piece of photo ID).

CURC 2014: Chemistry Undergraduate Research Conference

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Please join us at this year’s Chemistry Undergraduate Research Conference on Thursday, March 27 in the Lillooet Room at the Irving K. Barber Library. This year’s CURC will be featuring the following presenters: Dan Cojocaru, Daniel Kwon, Daniel Beh, Molly Sung, Jennifer Moon, and Alyssa Dalton. Presentations will include a question and answer period, where a panel of judges and audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions to the presenters.

To learn more about each respective speaker’s research, please print out this booklet for viewing.

Drop the Base: 2-Bucks-a-Beaker

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UCS and CHBE present: Drop the Base, a tight-and-bright-themed 2-Bucks-a-Beaker! Join us, along with your fellow chemists and chemical engineers, on Friday, March 21 from 5:30 – 10:00 PM at the Abdul Ladha Science Student Centre.

As usual, drink (or pizza!) tickets are $2 apiece and $5 will net you a sweet beaker with a complimentary drink/pizza ticket. This is a 19+ event, so make sure you bring two pieces of ID (including one photo ID). Check out the Facebook event here!

 

Lab Tours

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Interested in finding out more about your professors’ research interests? Want to witness first-hand what goes on in their research labs? UCS has organized something just for you: lab tours!

Thursday, Feb 27 (12:30 – 2 pm)

  • Dr. MacLachlan (Materials)
  • Dr. Thachuk (Theoretical)

Thursday, March 13 (12:30 – 2 pm)

  • Dr. Love (Synthesis/Catalysis)
  • Dr. Wolf (Materials)

Thursday, March 20 (12:30 – 2 pm)

  • Dr. Ciufolini (Organic)
  • Dr. Berlinguette (Inorganic)

More information can be found on this poster. You must RSVP here in order to come! Spots are filling up fast.

Chemistry Forum 2014

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Not sure what you want to do after your BSc in Chemistry? Join us for a day filled with presentations given by professionals working in various fields related to chemistry, including guest speakers from AFCC, Xenon Pharmaceuticals, Inception Sciences Canada, Powertech Labs, and Perkin-Elmer. You’ll hear about the type of work they do and the career path they took to get there. Afterwards, enjoy lunch while networking with our guest speakers.

When: March 6th, 2014: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Where: Abdul Ladha Science Student Centre

Students must RSVP here in order to come. We hope to see you there!

Grad School Information Session: University of Toronto

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Update (Feb 3/14): due to unforeseen circumstances, the graduate school information session with Professor Prosser will be rescheduled to a later date. Please check back for more information.

Professor Scott Prosser from the University of Toronto’s Department of Chemistry will be speaking at a graduate school information session on Thursday, February 6th at room Chem D317, between 12:30 – 2:00 pm. Lunch (pizza and beverages!) will be provided for all attendees.

Professor Meet & Greet [19+ event]

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RSVP for this by sending us an email here.

Have you always wondered what your professors are like outside of class?  Come and mingle with your favourite instructors and find out more about their research interests at this event hosted by your Undergraduate Chemistry Society. We will be providing wine and cheese at this 19+ event. Please RSVP if you would like to come!

Date: February 4, 6:00 – 10:00 PM
Location: Chem D211
Important notes: This is a 19+ event, so please bring two pieces of identification: one picture ID and a secondary ID. Students must RSVP to come — please email us here.

2-Bucks-a-Beaker: first of 2014!

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What better way to start off the year than with a 2BaB event hosted by UCS?!

Join us on January 17th from 5:30 – 10:00 PM in the Grad Lounge in CHEM D211! We’ll be serving beer and cider — it’s $5 for a beaker with a free drink ticket included, or $2 for refills! Bring your own beaker if you have one!

This is a 19+ event, so make sure you have two pieces of identification on hand (including one piece of photo ID).

Check out our Facebook event here!

 

Typhoon Haiyan Donations

After including UCS’s pledge of matching every $5 collected at our last 2-Bucks-a-Beaker event with a $2 contribution, a total of $80 was donated to Red Cross relief efforts in the Philippines. This $80 amount will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the Canadian government. A sincere thanks to everyone for your generosity!

Final Exam Package Sale

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Need some extra practice for your upcoming finals? UCS is selling final exam prep packages for the following courses:

Chem 121
Chem 233
Chem 202
Chem 203

Price: $15 each / $10 for members
Location: in front of Chem B250
Date: Tuesday, November 19th – Friday, November 29
Hours: MWF 10am-3pm, T/Th 9:30am-12:30pm and 2:00pm-3:30pm

November 2-Bucks-a-Beaker!

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2BaB is back! And just in time for end-of-term celebrations!

Join us on November 22 from 5:30 – 10:00 PM* in the Abdul Ladha Science Student Centre! We’ll be serving beer and cider — it’s $5 for a beaker with a free drink ticket included, or $2 for refills! Bring your own beaker if you have one!

This is a 19+ event, so make sure you have two pieces of identification on hand (including one piece of photo ID).

Check out our Facebook event here!

 

*We will have a “safewalking” team on-site, in case you need to walk home alone.

 

Professor Meet & Greet [19+ Event]

RSVP by emailing us here.

Have you always wondered what your professors are like outside of class?  Come and mingle with your favourite instructors and find out more about their research interests at this event hosted by your Undergraduate Chemistry Society.  We will be providing wine and cheese at this 19+ event.  Please RSVP if you would like to come! Check out the Facebook event here.

Date: October 17, 6:00 – 10:00 PM (Note: the start time is not 5:00 pm, as previously listed)
Location: Chem D211
Important notes: This is a 19+ event, so please bring two pieces of identification: one picture ID and a secondary ID. Students must RSVP to come — please email us.

Professional Communications Workshop

If you’re thinking about approaching a professor for a research opportunity, but you’re not sure how to do so effectively, UCS has just the workshop for you: hosted by Ms. Kimberley Rawes from the Centre of Student Involvement, the focus of this workshop is to aid undergraduate students in improving their professional communications skills. Dr. Laurel Schafer will also be co-presenting to provide insight on this topic from the perspective of a professor.

Date: October 15, 12:30 – 2:00 PM
Location: Chem D213
Other notes: this event is open to all students and lunch will be provided!
Facebook event: here

September Lab Equipment Sale

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What: UCS is selling Labcoats, Safety glasses, UCS memberships, and renting out lockers!

Where: Chem D211 is where we will be

When: 10am-2pm until Friday September 13th, 2013

Note: Lockers are in Chem B Wing on the 1st floor (In front of B150) and 3rd floors (in front of Chem Resource Centre).

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September 2Bucks-a-Beaker! (Upgraded)

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I know you’ve been waiting for this all summer!!! We are back with UPGRADED 2BAB! Come join rest of your colleagues for the best party of the day to start off the year. (19+ event)

Time? Friday, Sept 13 2013, 5:30pm to 10pm
Location? Abdul Ladha Science Student Centre
What are we serving? Beers and Ciders !
What are we drinking them in? Beakers !
How much are they? $2 for a Beaker full of ethanol and $5 to buy a beaker you can keep for your coffee.
What do I bring? 2 pieces of ID with your beautiful/handsome face and some cash!
Anything else? YES! There will be fun mini-events where you can win other prizes from us!

RSVP if you can and we hope to see you ALL there~

UCS Exec 2012-2013

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Congratulations for finishing off a great year and thanks to all of the hardworking executive memebrs for the year 2012-2013!!! It was truely a blast of a year and hope UCS provided you with some memories and/or important information for your experience here at UBC Chemistry this year.

If you have any questions regarding UCS events throughout the summer or being part of UCS next year, feel free to email ucspresident@gmail.com! We welcome and thank you for your interest.

 

Cheers,

Jennifer Moon
President 2012-2013
Undergraduate Chemistry Society
University of British Columbia

UCS Election Time!

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LIST OF AVAILABLE POSITIONS AND THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES
Secretary x1 – Take minutes for weekly UCS meetings and take in charge of locker rentals.

Academic Coordinator x1 – Communicate with graduate school representatives from other universities to hold grad info sessions at UBC. Also, organize possible student run seminars throughout the year.

Social Coordinator x2 – Host and organize social events such as 2 bucks-a-beaker and Wine and Cheese.

Forum Coordinator x2 – Chemistry Forum is a careers night event for chemistry students. You will be communicating between potential speakers from the industry and UCS.

CURC Coordinator x2 – Organize Chemistry Undergraduate Research Conference (CURC). It is a research conference for 3rd and 4th year students with research experiences. As a CURC Coordinator, you will be communicating with the senior students and graduate students to host the event.

Grad Coordinator x1 – Be part of SUS Science Grad Committee to plan the grad event for the year. You will be communicating between the committee and UCS.

Outreach Coordinator x1 – Organize lab tours and take in charge of science week booth.

Website Coordinator x1 – Maintain UCS website (ucs.chem.ubc.ca) and keep it updated with event photos and descriptions.

Communication Coordinator x1 – Take charge of (Bi)Weekly Nesletter and SNS updates (Michael Acceptor and twitter @UCS_UBC)

General Exec x3 – Task to be determined…

Cheers,
UCS President

Events in March 2013

2 Bucks-a-Beaker

Last 2 Bucks-a-Beaker of the year! We are making it big. Please come out and celebrate the end of another great year with your fellow students.

For more information, please email undergraduatechemistrysociety@gmail.com

: Mar 22, 2013 5:00 PM
: Undergraduate Chemistry Society
: Free to enter. $2 a BEakER full of fun. 19+ Event. Please bring your ID.
: Chemistry Building D211 (Grad Lounge).
EVENT PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/events/576742472338704/

Chemistry Undergraduate Research Conference (CURC)

Anyone interested in what 4th years did for their research project this year should come and check it out. The presentations include most disciplines of chemistry research offered by UBC Chemistry, including Organic, Inorganic, Analytical, Physical, etc. Please come out for a great opportunity to hear what they have to say.

For more information, please email undergraduatechemistrysociety@gmail.com

: Mar 25, 2013 12:00 PM
: Cost: Free. Lunch and refreshments are provided by UCS.
: Chemistry Building, D213
EVENT PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/events/524358900907727/

Chemistry Forum 2013

Chemistry Forum 2013

On Feb 7, 2013, UCS hosted its Annual Chemistry Forum. This year, it was held at Abdul Lahda Science Student Centre. Students had the opportunity to attend speeches given by chemists in different fields, as well as network with them.

This event was sponsored by the the following:

Undergraduate Chemistry Society at University of British Columbia

Department of Chemistry at University of British Columbia

University of British Columbia – Science Student Society : Abdul Lahda Science Student Centre

Starbucks Coffee Co. from UBC Village

 

Please find photos from the event below:

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January Professor Meet & Greet

All chemistry students are invited to come out for a social night with professors outside of classrooms. This event will be from 6pm – 10pm on Jan 24, 2013. If you are interested in coming out, please RSVP in the following link:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dF96ZnZzMWlFQmhid2ZENjlnMFdOS1E6MQ#gid=0

Successful Professor Meet & Greet

On October 25, 2012, many undergraduate chemistry students and professors gathered for a casual discussion. We had a great time talking with professors and collegues outside of classes. Next one coming up will be in January 2013. Look out for updates!

In this picture: Dr. M. Thachuk, Melanie Backer, Jenelle Backer, Jason Yang, and Ju Young Yoo

More photos are in this ALBUM

Coming up! Professor Meet & Greet

Professor Meet & Greet is an event where undergraduate students have the opportunity to network with professors outside of classrooms. With classy drinks and cheese, this event provides students a setting where you can easily interact with professors. Come out for a classy evening with UCS!

Thursday October 25, 2012
6:00pm
Location: Chem D211 (Grad Lounge)

Please RSVP to the following:

Update: PCW

Professional Communications Workshop was held on Monday Oct 15, thanks to the help of Kimberly Rawes from Careers Services and Professor Dake. This workshop guided students through how they should approach professionals. Manner and unwritten rules about the most used communication method of emails were discussed, as well as when to use phone or in-person visits.

 

For the article Professor Dake mentioned about feedback from a company to an applicant, please email to request for the link at ucspresident@gmail.com.

Coming up! Professional Communication Workshop

This is a free event for undergraduate students where your professional communications skill are fine tuned. To prepare yourself for the professional world out there, come out to our workshop. A guest speaker and a professor representative will be showing you how you should be communicating with professionals. Lunch provided!

Professional Communications Workshop
Time: October 15, 2012 12:00pm-1:00pm
Location: Chem D317
Speakers: Kimberly Rawes from UBC Career Services and Professor Gregory Dake

 

RSVP at the facebook event page linked above. Hope to see you all there!

Coming up! Grad Info Sessions

Grad Information Sessions are coming up! Representatives from different graduate schools are presenting about their schools and providing information for students interested in grad studies. If you are interested, please come out and listen what they have to say. Lunch is provided.

Grad Info Sessions schedule:

Grad Info Session: University of Calgary

Date and Time: Friday, October 3rd 2:00pm – 3:00 pm @D213

 

Grad Info Session: McMaster University

Date and Time: Friday, October 12th 12:30pm – 1:00pm @D213

 

Grad Info Session: University of Toronto

Date and Time: Friday, October 19th 1:00pm – 2:00pm @D213

 

Grad Info Session: University of Washington

Date and Time: Friday, October 26th 1:00pm – 2:00 pm @D213

 

Hope to see you all there!

*List subject to update

Successful 2 Bucks-a-Beaker

On September 14, 2012, UCS hosted our very own traditional 2 bucks-a-Beaker at Abdul Lahda Science Student Centre. Many undergraduate and graduate students, as well as some of the chemistry faculty members came out and enjoyed the evening with us. The demand was still very high even after we sold out all our beakers. Music was playing and everybody was having a good time. It was a great way to end the week. Look out for updates for our next event!

 

Coming up! 2 Bucks-a-Beaker

 

2 Bucks-a-Beaker is back! Come out to Abdul Lahda Science Student Centre on September 14th and join us for a beaker full of fun. Also called the ‘Symposium of enzymatic oxidation of ethanols,’ this event brings undergrads, grads, and professors together for an informal networking night.

You may RSVP on our Facebook event page !!