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Week 1: Monday, Sept. 26th at 6:30 to 8:00 pm
Welcome back to school Tritons! During this event, we started off by having food and socializing with attendees. We then presented the events for the Fall quarter, as well introduced the new officer board for the 2022-2023 year!
Week 1: Wednesday, September 28th, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
At this event, we had our first Chempanions social of the year! We had our mentees and mentors speed date and get to know each other better. Afterwards, we enjoyed food while socializing with each other in the NSB lobby. It was a great way for everyone to start seeing potential mentors and mentees!
Week 2: Wednesday, Oct. 5th at 6:30 to 8:00 pm
Interested in doing research for one of the many professors at UCSD? Students interested in doing so came out to our Undergraduate Research Panel, where some of our own board members and others shared their experiences regarding their varied backgrounds in research. Questions were taken by the audience, where we talked about how to get involved in research, where to find grants, and the resources available to students doing research.
Week 2: Friday, Oct. 7th, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Our Chempanions Bonfire event allowed mentors and mentees to get to know each other even more while enjoying food such as In-n-out, smores, and hot dogs! Glow sticks were given out and we had a great time with various activities such as catching frisbees, tossing volleyballs, or just relaxing on the beach!
Week 3: Wednesday, Oct. 13th at 6:30 to 8:00 pm
John Tucker from Neurocrine Biosciences gave an inspiring speech on why Green Chemistry is incredibly important to protecting our environment and the Earth in general. He provided stories on how he was able to incorporate his Green Chemistry ideals into companies such as Pfizer and Neurocrine and reduce wastes and hazards, as well as reducing the production costs and improving production times, demonstrating that Green Chemistry ideals aligns with common company values.
Week 4: Wednesday, Oct. 19th, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
During Week 4, the notorious start of midterm exams, members came to our study jam event for free food and a chance to gather with peers and get some work done! Attendees socialized with one another and got a chance to unwind a little before returning to the stress of preparing for exams!
Week 5: Wednesday, Oct. 26th at 6:30 to 8:00 pm
Lisa Jones, a newly hired professor in the Department of Chemistry/Biochemistry at UCSD gave a presentation about her work, including new research techniques such as FPOP (Fast Photochemical Oxidation of Proteins), which innovates protein discovery and structure. This allows for analysis of cells and proteins directly within the living organism, resulting in seeing how proteins interact in cells, including quinary structures. In addition, Dr. Jones spoke about her past experiences and school history, leading to her motivation to help encourage under-represented communities pursue an education in the STEM fields.
Week 6: Wednesday, Nov. 2nd, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
This week, students looking to get involved in research programs at UCSD, such as the TRELS or UC Scholars program, attended and learned from Dr. Tsai about the different programs found at UCSD. After Dr. Tsai’s initial talk, panelists that have participated in these programs gave some advice on how to stand out from the crowd and land one of these research programs!
Week 7: Wednesday, Nov. 9th at 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
This week, ACS-SA held a student-faculty mixer, where students and professors were able to build a relationship outside of the classroom! This was a great opportunity to connect and network with educators and researchers at UCSD, gaining new perspectives on the Chemistry Department! Furthermore, professors are able to connect on a more personal level with their students, allowing them to better accommodate their learning experience!
Week 8: Friday, Nov. 18nd, 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Students looking for a first-hand view of industry labs were able to this week! Neurocrine Biosciences, a company local to San Diego, hosted a lab tour for ACS-SA! Attendees were provided lunch and were able to see industry labs that are much different from the labs at UCSD. This gave great insight on the differences between academia and industry and future career paths available to chemists!
Week 10: Wednesday, Nov. 30th at 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Right before finals week starts, ACS-SA hosts our last event of the year, our BYOG (bring your own game) game night! Attendees were able to destress from the intense studying for the looming finals and were able to gather with peers and enjoy games such as Jackbox, Wavelength, and Exploding Kittens! What better way to relax than playing games with friends!