Student Chemistry Associations

Getting involved with you local student chemistry association is a great way to find new friends, meet scientists, network, and learn more about chemistry.

Simon Fraser University

SFU's Chemistry Student Society can be reached via their Facebook page (please "like"). They recently held a Chemistry Career Night at SFU's Diamond Alumni Centre. This was a speed-mentoring event with one-on-one interaction with industry professionals.

SFU's Science Undergraduate Society (SUS) publishes an "all-encompassing" Science Undergraduate Research Journal (details) and provides faculty level representation of science students’ interests at SFU.


For details about the UBC Undergraduate Chemistry Society, including upcoming social events and meetings, please visit

The Magic of Chemistry

If you were able to make a substance change colour, or turn from a solid to a liquid, would that be magic?
Andrew Szydlo leads us through a world of magical molecules and enchanting elements in this Royal Institution (Ri) event from Wednesday 23 April 2014. From a liquid that boils at room temperature to gases that are heavier than air, this family event is full of practical demonstrations of the magic of chemistry.

(With thanks to the Ri YouTube Channel)

Your Future in Science

If you're curious about your future in science, you should consider drop-in Career Advising.

Chemistry students at SFU can attend drop-in sessions, held bi-weekly on Thursdays (e.g., Mar 3, Mar 17, Mar 31) @ 2-4 pm in TASC II 9801. There you can ask questions about:

  • Career Exploration & Decision Making
  • What Can a Degree in Sciences Lead To?
  • Resume & Cover Letter Tips
  • Volunteering & Other Ideas to Gain Experience

Brenda from SFU Career Services was hugely helpful in putting SFU Chemistry Student Society's Chemistry Career Night. They encourage anyone who's interested to go and see her!

Having Trouble With a Chemistry Topic?

Did you miss that first year class with the flu? Do you want to get ahead? Do you find video more easy to learn from than reading books? Leading universities and colleges have put videos of many of their AP and undergraduate chemistry lectures on YouTube.

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Learning from these experts is a free resource... and (if you want) you can even learn whilst eating popcorn and having a beverage. Just search on "first year chemistry lectures", or get more specific. Can be habit-forming!

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Some Chemistry Humour

For those who aspire to teach chemistry, remember that a little humour can go a long way...

A photon checks into a hotel.
The receptionist asks "Where's your luggage?"
The photon replies, "I'm travelling light..."

Light travels faster than sound.
This is why some people appear bright
until you hear them speak.

Never trust an atom.
They make up everything.

I was going to add a joke about noble gases
but all the good ones Argon.

Anyone know any jokes about sodium hypobromite?... NaBrO sorry...

What do you get if you react a polar bear with trimethylsilyl chloride?... A non-polar bear!
Lost an electron earlier...
You really have to keep an ion them.

Why can't chemists prank their friends?
Because they lack the element of surprise.

The name’s Bond. Ionic Bond. Taken, not shared.

Organic Chemistry: the only place where the question "Where do you keep the chloroform?" is okay to say.

You can freeze yourself at -273°C and still be "0K"

Two men walk into a bar.
One says, "I'll have an H2O".
The other says, "I'll have an H2O too"...
The second man dies.

I told a chemistry joke at a party, but it got no reaction.
Why did the acid go to the gym?
He wanted to become a buffer solution.

What did the scientist say when he discovered two isotopes of Helium?... HeHe!

She threw sodium chloride at me... That's a salt!

How can you tell the difference between a chemist and a factory worker?
Ask them how they pronounce the word "unionized".

"I blew up my chemistry experiment."
"That's OK, oxidants happen."

If H2O is the formula for water, what is the formula for ice?
H2O cubed...

If H2O is water, then what is "H2O4"?
Drinking, bathing, washing, swimming...