Alpha Chi Sigma (ΑΧΣ) is a professional fraternity specializing in the fields of the chemical sciences. It has both collegiate and professional chapters throughout the United States consisting of both men and women and numbering more than 70,000 members. The fraternity aims to bring together students and professionals pursuing a wide variety of chemistry-related careers.
|Alpha Chi Sigma|
|Founded||December 11, 1902|
University of Wisconsin–Madison
|Colors||Prussian blue Chrome yellow|
|Chapters||Collegiate: 49 active; 1 pending|
Professional: 9 chapters; 8 groups
|Headquarters||6296 Rucker Road Suite B|
Indianapolis, IN 46220
The Alpha Chi Sigma fraternity was organized at the University of Wisconsin–Madison by a group of undergraduates who were fellow students in chemistry at that time. Later documents set the date of founding as December 11, 1902. The original founders were:
The seven symbols that stretch the length of the coat of arms are the "seven metals of the Ancients": gold, silver, iron, mercury, tin, copper, and lead. These symbols correspond to planets, gods, and days of the week.
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The Three Objects of Alpha Chi Sigma:
The Five Obligations of a Member:
"for his contributions to our knowledge of molecular structure through his investigations on dipole moments and on the diffraction of X-rays and electrons in gases."
"for [his] discoveries in the chemistry of the transuranium elements."
"for his research into the nature of the chemical bond and its application to the elucidation of the structure of complex substances."
"for his work on biochemically important sulphur compounds, especially for the first synthesis of a polypeptide hormone."
"for his method to use carbon-14 for age determination in archaeology, geology, geophysics, and other branches of science."
"for the discovery of the reciprocal relations bearing his name, which are fundamental for the thermodynamics of irreversible processes."
"for his fundamental achievements, both theoretical and experimental, in the physical chemistry of the macromolecules."
"for his studies on the structure of boranes illuminating problems of chemical bonding."
"for [his] development of the use of boron-containing compounds into important reagents in organic synthesis."
"for his development of methodology for chemical synthesis on a solid matrix."
"for developing new ways to synthesize complex molecules ordinarily found in nature."
"for his contributions to the theory of electron transfer reactions in chemical systems."
"for the discovery and development of conductive polymers"
"for palladium-catalyzed cross couplings in organic synthesis"
"for his discovery of the chemical nature of vitamin K."
"for [his] discovery that genes act by regulating definite chemical events."
"for [his] interpretation of the genetic code and its functions in protein synthesis."
"for [his] discoveries of Important Principles for Drug Treatment."
"for their discoveries concerning magnetic resonance imaging"
"for pioneering contributions to astrophysics, in particular for the detection of cosmic neutrinos."
"for warning of the dangers of radioactive fallout in nuclear weapons testing and war."