The Chandler Society for Undergraduate Chemistry is a club run by undergraduates for the purpose of promoting enjoyment and knowledge of science, particularly chemistry. The club is involved in a variety of activities, from performing scientific demonstrations for young students and organizing informal and formal talks with professors to making liquid nitrogen ice cream for the Columbia student body during Glass House Rocks. Every year, we try to expand our scope of activities, so we’re always happy to have new members with fresh ideas and an interest in science!
The Grandpierre Lecture is an annual colloquium organized by the Chandler Society in which a professor from a top research institution is invited to Columbia to give a talk about their work. The lecture series is held in honor of Paul Grandpierre, a Chemistry major and 1987 graduate of Columbia College who passed away in the summer of 1991 during his graduate studies at Cambridge University. Speakers are chosen by the Chandler Society based the strength of their contribution to undergraduate science education and the strength and interest of their research. As part of the lecture students have the opportunity to meet with the speaker, allowing undergraduate students the chance to get to know an eminent research scientist. Past speakers have included Professor William Jorgensen from Yale University, Professor Moungi Bawendi from MIT, Professor Michael Hecht from Princeton University, among many others.
2014/2015 Speaker: Craig Hawker – University of California, Santa Barbara
One Friday a month, the Chandler Society invites a Chemistry Department professor to an informal lunch with undergraduate students. At the lunch students have the opportunity to discuss the professor’s path to academia, research, chemistry in general, and more. This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in or unfamiliar with academia or research to gain a new perspective. It also provides a great chance to speak with the world-renowned minds that direct our lectures in a more personal setting. Lunch begins at 12 pm in 717 Havemeyer Hall and will last approximately 45 minutes. Look out for an email announcing the lunches or you can always contact the Chandler Society directly.
At our meetings, we plan and discuss our upcoming events, as well as current chemistry research, upcoming talks within the Department and in the New York area, and general news. We also answer questions about the chemistry major, classes, and doing research. If you like chemistry and would like to get to know other people who share your interest, you should definitely come to our meetings!
Meetings: Wednesdays, 7:45pm, in 717 Havemeyer Hall (the 7th floor lounge)
For more information visit our website: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/chandler/
If you have questions or would like to be added to our email list, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. The email list is updated on events and meetings, so if you can’t make it on Wednesdays you can still be involved in our activities!