Chemistry Club hosting Birthday Bash for Bill Nye the Science Guy.
The saying “Label Jars, Not People” has become the core of what St. Catherine University’s Chemistry Club has evolved into. Chemistry Club gives students the opportunity to explore what the exciting world of chemistry has to offer. One of their main initiatives is creating an environment where social justice can flourish by encouraging a connection between women and science. The club meets every other week on dates chosen by members at the beginning of every semester. Everyone is welcome to attend the meetings regardless of your major.
The goal of Chemistry Club is to increase the number of women interested in science. The best way to achieve this is to empower women to believe that they belong in the scientific community. So many young women are shut out of science related fields because they are labeled as a male dominated field. Students in the Chemistry Club strive to remove that stigma and replace it with a world of brilliant female scientists. After all, many of the world’s most innovative scientists were women: Marie Curie, Jane Goodall, Maria Mayer and Rosalind Franklin. These female scientists were not fully recognized for their work until long after their deaths because the men working with them received most of the recognition. To prevent this kind of injustice, Chemistry Club offers students the experience of belonging to a female-based scientific community. By fueling each other’s desire to learn about chemistry, women empower each other to re-label science fields to be inclusive of all people.
Haley Dammer, Chemistry major ‘21, is the Chemistry club’s Public Relations Officer. In an interview with Dammer, she was excited to share about the clubs work within the school environment. She explained what lead her to join the club and what fostered her interest in chemistry, “I became interested in joining this club as soon as I found out about it because it offered me the opportunity to meet other women who are interested in chemistry, and allowed me to become more of an active member in the St. Kate’s community.” She also revealed how powerful she feels to be surrounded by the future women leaders in science. As a commuter, she is able to find her place at St. Kate’s and feels connected to the girls in her club.
Every semester Chemistry Club develops new ways to share their love for explosions, reactions, and change with St. Kate’s students. They spend their meetings planning science themed events for students to attend and enjoy. For example, last semester, they threw a birthday bash for the famous Bill Nye The Science Guy. Halloween was spent hosting the Spook-Tacular Party with Biology club. The Chemistry club also takes day trips off campus to the Science Museum to explore science history and experiment with the traveling exhibits.
The women involved with Chemistry club all share the Sisters of St. Joseph’s passion of helping the dear neighbor. Every week they have study sessions to support each other with difficult homework assignments. The tutoring service is open to all students and is a great way to get one on one help with assignments from students who are in the same classes. They believe that all students should have a chance to be successful in Chemistry. Their meetings are always full of positive air and persistence.
Chemistry club was created by women for women. It holds an utterly special space for students at St. Kate’s to become a community surrounded by confident leaders who have worked to re-label the once male-dominated field of science. To get involved with all that Chemistry Club has to offer follow them on Instagram at scu_chemclub and on Facebook at St. Kate’s Chemistry Club.