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Chemistry and Biochemistry Club

Club Governing Body

President:Matthew Iverson
Vice President: Samantha Doble
Treasurer: Lindsey Dirks
Secretary: Elijah Farley

Chemical Coordinator: Kaelt Simpson

Faculty Advisor

Romesh Lakhan & Jacob Wainman

Office: Chem 233
E-mail: Phone: 218-726-7773

The mission of the student-run Chemistry and Biochemistry Club is to serve students in the department, foster community outreach activities, and help strengthen chemistry education among undergraduate and local high-school students.

Student Service

The club provides students with an outlet for social activities and networking opportunities, and a platform for enhancing their leadership and communications skills. For example, the club organizes annual trips to local chemical industries, such as paper making, brewing, and waste water treatment facilities. In addition, the club acts as a catalyst between its members and department faculty to foster discussion of career options and research opportunities.

Chemical Education

The club engages its members in experimental demonstrations and provides opportunities for club members to understand how those experiments work. The club also serves the department by providing informal mentoring and tutoring to UMD chemistry students. Outside the classroom, club members build lasting friendships in a variety of extracurricular activities including baking cookies for the department’s weekly Friday afternoon seminars.


The club holds an annual Chemistry Demonstration Show in early April on the UMD campus. Towards that goal, club members meet biweekly to practice and perfect a variety of experimental demonstrations. Families from the neighboring community are invited to the annual show and attendance typically exceeds 200. In addition, the club travels to local elementary schools for special events: Halloween events at local elementary schools, making ice cream using liquid nitrogen for local grade school classes, and organized demonstrations for high school summer camps on the UMD campus.