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Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

2016 Student Organization Members

Student Organizations

One key to success in the career of your choice is to plug in to a network of like-minded individuals.  On-campus student organizations are a great way to get in the professional loop.

American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB)

We are a national organization committed to advancement of the biochemical sciences. As a student chapter of ASBMB, we aim to engage undergraduate and graduate students of all majors in discussion and understanding of biochemistry and molecular biology.  We accomplish these goals through journal clubs, science trivia contests, and roundtable, interdisciplinary discussions of the intersections of science and philosophy.  In addition to these activities, we hold a science fair for local high school students each year to foster a love of science in the community.  Members enjoy several benefits, including subscriptions to three academic journals (Journal of Biological Chemistry, Journal of Lipid Research, and Journal of Molecular and Cellular Proteomics), free registration for the ASBMB national meeting each year, and the opportunity to present your research at the conference.  Mythreye Karthikeyan and Thomas Makris are the faculty co-advisors to this organization.  If you are interested in this organization, contact the president, Nic Elrod at

ACS POLY Student Chapter at USC

We were officially founded at the beginning of the Spring 2012 semester after being registered with both ACS POLY and the Office of Student Affairs at USC.  Professor Brian Benicewicz, a USC Educational Foundation Distinguished Professor and SmartState Endowed Chair in Polymer Nanocomposites, has enthusiastically agreed to serve as the faculty advisor for the chapter.  Our goal as a student chapter is to promote the opportunities available for material science students.  Typically, we arrange invited speaker seminars and industrial networking events/poster sessions to promote interactions between students and scientists from government, academia, and industry.  We currently have over 25 student members and welcome new members from undergraduate and graduate communities through the chemistry and chemical engineering departments at USC.  If you are interested in this organization, contact the president, Kayla Lantz at

Society of the Advancement of Chemical Sciences (SACS)

We coordinate resources and activities for chemistry and biochemistry graduate students, provide information pertaining to chemistry and biochemistry related fields, and promote educational and social activities.  Linda Shimizu is the faculty advisor to this organization.  If you are interested in this organization, contact the president, Shelby Dickerson at

Society of Applied Spectroscopy (SAS)

We officially began January of 2015.  The chapter has focused its efforts on facilitating student involvement in the department through service opportunities, and social events.  Group members consist of undergraduate and graduate students in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at USC, but we are working toward incorporating more members from other departments.  The USC SAS Student Chapter hosts an award for the best spectroscopy poster in conjunction with the Department's Graduate Student Day Poster Competition.  This event has allowed our chapter to both encourage spectroscopy research and create awareness of our budding organization.  In the coming semester, we will be offering opportunities for incoming chemistry and biochemistry graduate students to interact with the USC SAS Student Chapter.  These opportunities will allow new students to get to know one another, gain advice from current graduate students, and learn about opportunities with the USC SAS Student Chapter.  Stephen Morgan is the faculty advisor to this organization.  If you are interested in this organization, contact Hannah Liberatore at