While COVID-19 caused the original club to stop meeting, the Chemistry Club has now returned to the University of Indianapolis campus. The Chemistry Club is a student-led organization for students with an interest in chemistry, biology and similar topics. According to junior chemistry and math major and president of the club Elijah Armour, the purpose of the club is to bring together students with similar interests for an opportunity to study and have fun together.
Armour said that the COVID-19 pandemic took a toll on the Chemistry Club, as well as other clubs on campus. He said that the club wants to make its meetings as fun as possible.
Associate Professor of Chemistry Brad Neal is involved with the chemistry club as an advisor. He answers any questions the club may have, and assists them with how to put plans in action.
“I think [Chemistry Club is] really providing students that sense of community,” Neal said. “… This is an organization where you can have a sense of belonging with those who have the same professional interests as you.”
As for the future of the club, according to Armour, possible plans include study sessions with pizza, movie nights and game/trivia events with prizes. He also plans on having an all-day study session with provided food and drinks during finals week. According to Neal, there will also be an end-of-semester party for the club and department.
“I have kind of stressed that when asking for feedback from students, ‘What do you want to do? What is something that you would be interested in doing outside of chemistry class with some friends in your classes or in the same major?’” Armour said. “I’ve been telling them ‘It doesn’t even have to be chemistry related, we can do anything that you are interested in.’”