Alpha Chi Sigma


Alpha Chi Sigma (ΑΧΣ) is a professional fraternity specializing in the fields of the chemical sciences.[1] 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
The official crest of Alpha Chi Sigma.
FoundedDecember 11, 1902; 119 years ago (1902-12-11)
University of Wisconsin–Madison
Colors  Prussian blue   Chrome yellow
ChaptersCollegiate: 49 active; 1 pending
Professional: 9 chapters; 8 groups
Headquarters6296 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:

  • Raymond Tracy Conger
  • Harold Everett Eggers
  • Joseph Gerard Holty
  • Alfred Emil Kundert
  • Joseph Howard Mathews
  • Edward Gustav Mattke
  • Bart Eldred McCormick
  • Frank Joseph Petura
  • James Chisholm Silverthorn

Coat of armsEdit

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.[2]

Metal Gold Silver Iron Mercury Tin Copper Lead
God/celestial body Sol/Sun Luna/Moon Mars Mercury Jupiter Venus Saturn
Day of the week Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday


The Three Objects of Alpha Chi Sigma:

  1. To bind its members with a tie of true and lasting friendship.
  2. To strive for the advancement of chemistry both as a science and as a profession.
  3. To aid its members by every honorable means in the attainment of their ambitions as chemists throughout their mortal lives.

The Five Obligations of a Member:

  1. That a member will remember the Objects of the Fraternity and endeavor always to further them.
  2. That a member will pay promptly all financial obligations.
  3. That a member will so act so as never to be a reproach to Alpha Chi Sigma.
  4. That a member will cheerfully fulfill any assigned fraternal tasks.
  5. That a member will maintain as satisfactory a scholastic record as possible.

Famous MembersEdit

Nobel Prize in ChemistryEdit

"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"

Nobel Prize in Physiology or MedicineEdit

"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"

Nobel Prize in PhysicsEdit

"for pioneering contributions to astrophysics, in particular for the detection of cosmic neutrinos."

Nobel Prize in PeaceEdit

"for warning of the dangers of radioactive fallout in nuclear weapons testing and war."

Priestley MedalEdit

Other notable brothersEdit

Collegiate chaptersEdit

Professional chapters and groupsEdit

  • Atlanta Professional Group
  • Bluegrass Professional Group
  • Chicago Professional Chapter
  • Cincinnati Professional Group
  • Delaware Valley Professional Chapter
  • Detroit Professional Group
  • Indianapolis Professional Chapter
  • Kansas City Professional Chapter
  • Las Vegas Professional Group
  • Los Angeles Professional Chapter
  • Mid-Missouri Professional Group
  • North Florida Professional Group
  • Northstar Professional Group
  • Pittsburgh Professional Group
  • Research Triangle Park Professional Chapter
  • Southwest Virginia Professional Group
  • St. Louis Professional Chapter
  • Washington, D.C. Professional Chapter
  • Wisconsin Professional Group


  1. ^ "Alpha Chi Sigma Fraternity".
  2. ^ "Fraternity – History-Symbols". Alpha Chi Sigma. 2013-03-15. Archived from the original on 2013-02-23. Retrieved 2013-04-28.

External linksEdit

  • Alpha Chi Sigma