Current Students

This page has the resources and opportunities for you to enhance your academic career at WCU and in the chemistry department.

Laboratory Research

Have you considered working with one of your professors in the lab? A laboratory research project is one of the best ways to implement what you have learned in class and in course-based labs as well as exploring chemistry in more depth. It also a a great way to pump up your résumé either for graduate school or for work in industry. Research projects can be arranged either for credit by registering for CHE 410 Advanced Independent Study or Research, or by arrangement with a faculty member but not for credit. CHE 410 can be used as a 3 credit chemistry elective. Take a look at the Faculty pages to see what research ideas different faculty members are interested in. Then talk to the faculty member about the ideas that interest you.

You might also consider research during the summer. You can apply for paid research assistantships through the Summer Undergraduate Research Institute (SURI). Applications are usually due in January. More information can be found here.


An internship is an off-campus work or research experience that can take place in a variety of industrial, governmental and academic laboratories. Internships are arranged through your academic advisor and the appropriate internship coordinator.

Internships for Forensic and Toxicological Chemistry Majors

A one-semester internship in a state, federal or private forensic or toxicological laboratory is a mandatory part of this program. Background checks similar to those required for law enforcement officers are likely to be a condition for internships and employment. 
NIJ Report NCJ 203099 - "Qualifications for a Career in Forensic Science." pp. 7-10

Internships for Chemistry Majors

An internship is an off-campus work or research experience that can take place in a variety of industrial, governmental and academic laboratories. Internships are arranged through your academic advisor and the appropriate internship coordinator.

Examples of past student internships

  • Southern Oxidant and Aerosol Study in Brent, AL.
  • Analytical Toxicology laboratory
  • National Foam in West Chester, PA
  • Police DNA laboratory
  • Testing for drugs in animal samples

ACS Internship Page

SCI Scholars Industrial Internship Page

Honors Society and Clubs

Gamma Sigma Epsilon Chemistry Honor Society

Meetings are held on the first Thursday of every month at 5pm.

In order to apply, you must be a Chemistry major or minor who has completed and/or is currently enrolled in a total of 19 Chemistry credits. An over-all GPA of 3.0 is required for all applicants. A Chemistry GPA of 3.1 is also required, which can be calculated according to the WCU handbook and only includes Chemistry courses.

If you are interested in applying, please fill out the Member History Form available on this website (leave the "Date of Initiation" blank), and give it along with a list of the Chemistry courses you have taken (or are enrolled in) with the grades, your over-all GPA, and your Chemistry GPA to Dr. Simpson, SSS 327. A one-time fee of $50 is also required. Please give cash or make a check out to "Gamma Sigma Epsilon, RHO Omicron Chapter."

If you have any questions, please email Dr. Simpson ( or the chapter President, Kyle Shaffer (

Gamma Sigma Epsilon, Rho Omicron Chapter Officers

  • Grand Alchemist (President): Allie Pereira-Ogan
  • Alchemist's Apprentice (Vice President): Juliana Hetzel
  • Keeper of the Formulas (Secretary):
  • Keeper of Reagents:
  • Guardian of Entropy:
  • Advisor: Dr. Simpson

Alchemist Club

Meetings are held on Thursdays at 4 pm in Schmucker South 314.

The Alchemist Club is an American Chemical Society affiliated club for the Department of Chemistry. It is open to any student interested in the field of chemistry. It provides a collegial environment to study, exchange information and take a break from the rigors of science education. It is also a place to make new friends and connections with the departmental staff and professors. There are numerous community service events each semester and an occasional field trip. The club gets together for movie nights and preparing treats for Mocha Monday, a regular fundraising event selling coffees and breakfast treats in Schmucker Hall. The club also hosts an annual Semi-Formal Dinner each spring, where students dress up to a theme, eat a fabulous dinner and dance to a local DJ into the night.

Check out the American Chemical Society's Undergraduate Program.

Join the WCU Alchemist Club on Facebook!

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The 2021-2022 Alchemists' Club Officers

  • President: Amir Sumpter
  • Vice President: Parker Voit
  • Treasurer:  Erik Nash
  • Secretary: Audrey Carson
  • Social Media Coordinator: Devon Palmeter
  • Advisor: Dr. Starn

Pre-Med Club

The Pre-Med Club is a collection of students with a common goal of attending a health related professional school (medical, dentistry, optometry, physician's assistant, etc.) after graduating from West Chester University. Together we will build upon our interest by meeting people in our prospected fields, visiting medical events/museums, and giving back to our community. The Pre-Med Club also invites a variety of speakers (i.e. financial aid assistance, doctors, physician assistants, etc.) to meetings in order to help answer any questions our members might have about their future. Through our resources and connections, let us help you reach your goals!

Please email the President of the Pre-Med Club, Numrah Bashir ( if you have any questions or concerns!

Women in Science

The purpose of Women in Science is to promote the roles of women in scientific fields. As an organization, Women in Science seeks to provide support and insightful information to its members in historically male-dominated fields. In addition, the organization strives to set up a network or interconnections between all science related fields. Membership is not limited to Science Majors. We have several members in other fields of study that have a personal interest in science. Our activities include study sessions, getting connected in the scientific community. However, we mainly strive provide stress-relieving and fun activities to take our minds off piles of endless school work. Like sisters, we are constantly encouraging of each other to do our best as well as understanding when needed.

Student Achievement

Student Awards 2022

  • Conner Balickie,  American Chemical Society (ACS) Scholastic Achievement Award in Chemistry
  • American Institute of Chemists Award – Chemistry: Armin Mahdavi
  • American Institute of Chemistry Award – Biochemistry: Ashley Loignon
  • The Reid-Fenton Award for Forensic & Toxicological Chemistry: Blake Kerstetter
  • Chemistry Minor Award: Carley Cirafesi
  • ACS Award in Analytical Chemistry: Ashley Loignon
  • ACS Award in Organic Chemistry: Kai Goldenstein Vonkiel
  • ACS Award in Physical Chemistry: Juliana Hetzel
  • PPD Pre-Pharmacy Outstanding Students Award: Hunter Trzeciak
  • PPD Outstanding Student Award: Brooke Kerstetter

Previous Award Winners

Student Research Awards

  • Sean Brady: West Chester Undergraduate Creative Activity and Research Experience Stipends (WCU-CARES). Loading and Capping of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients into Porous Silicon, Faculty PI: Kurt W Kolasinski ($500, Awarded 1/23)
  • Ruthy Hunjo: West Chester Undergraduate Creative Activity and Research Experience Stipends (WCU-CARES). Optimizing the Surface Chemistry of Porous Silicon, Faculty PI: Kurt W Kolasinski ($500, Awarded 1/23).
  • Congratulations to chemistry major Jacklyn DiPietro for being named among 40 outstanding students to receive West Chester University’s 1871 Award. This award recognizes students who excel in the academic and co-curricular realms. 

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