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

Honors Society and Clubs

Gamma Sigma Epsilon (GSE) National Chemistry Honors Society

Gamma Sigma Epsilon (GSE) National Chemistry Honors Society seeks to promote the academic excellence and research scholarship of undergraduate chemistry majors. The WCU chapter (Rho Omicron) of GSE was founded in 2014 and has inducted more than 100 members to GSE since. Interested in joining GSE? Contact Dr. Simpson or Dr. Ganas for more information on requirements to join

Board Members: 2023-24

Kacey Durkin

Vice President:
AJ Justice

Secretary and Treasurer:
Audrey Carson

The Alchemist Club

The Alchemist Club is an American Chemical Society affiliated club for the West Chester Department of Chemistry. It provides an environment for chemistry students - or students with an interest in chemistry - to communicate, study, and find opportunities among each other. The club works to improve the connections between students, their fellow peers, and their faculty for academic and motivational support. Apart from the biweekly meetings, there are plenty of events throughout the semester. This includes regular bake sales, field trips, and the annual Semi-Formal Dinner in the spring - complete with a theme, dinner, and dancing.

Meetings will be held on Monday at 5pm in the Science Complex South on the 4th floor.

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Audrey Carson

Vice President:
Kacey Durkin

AJ Justice

Katie Drummond

Dr. Voras


Biotech & Pharmaceutical Business Club

Biotech & Pharmaceutical Business Club Join a welcoming and inclusive community of motivated students interested in the pharmaceutical industry at West Chester University. The club is open to all majors, and fosters a dynamic environment where members can meet students with similar interests, expand their knowledge of the pharmaceutical field, and grow personally and professionally. Members will benefit from the provided resources and opportunities to help them thrive professionally, in addition to a diverse network of alumni and peers from every background, demographic, and skill level. The Biotech & Pharmaceutical Business Club strives to connect our members with the support and guidance they need to succeed.

Iris Kazzi

Vice President, Public Relations Coordinator:
Isabella Lavia

Career Development & Networking Coordinator :
Olivia Parry

Community Service Coordinator:
Grace Chikezie

Director of Finance:
Abriel Franckowiak

Internal Affairs & Recruitment Coordinator:
Amanda Smith

Faculty Advisor:
Tom Simpson



Other Relevant Student Organizations

Women in Science, Premed club


Student Updates:



An internship is off-campus work or research experience that can take place in a variety of professional settings such as public or private laboratories, government research labs, or 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 graduation requirement for this program. Background checks are highly likely to be a condition for internship or future employment. All students should prepare for this accordingly. Details of the internship requirement are in the student handbook accessed through the Forensic Majors page on D2L.

The internship coordinator will work with you upon receiving your application to place you in our partnering laboratories if there are available positions. If you secure an internship at a lab that is not one of our partnering labs, work with the internship coordinator to ensure it meets the program requirements.

Postings of competitive openings in labs are routinely updated on the program D2L page.

Examples of past internships include Medical Examiner Offices, Animal Toxicology laboratories, Clinical Toxicology laboratories, local and state forensic laboratories, and federal forensic laboratories,

Internships for Chemistry Majors

Internships are not required for other Chemistry majors but are encouraged. If you would like to pursue an internship, work with your academic advisor to ensure it fits within your academic plans and your graduation timeline.

Below are some resources for finding internships.

ACS (American Chemical Society) Internship Page

ACS Experience Page

SCI Scholars Industrial Internship Page