UNK Chemistry Club


Office Holders


President: Nizar Khayat


Vice President: Ryan Matzen


Treasurer: Makayla Carter


Secretary: Thais Murua


Historian: Andrew M. Riesenberg

Faculty Advisors:  Dr. Hector Palencia and Dr. Mahesh Pattabiraman

About us: We are an organization of undergraduate chemistry students devoted to establishing a link between the community at large and chemistry as a profession. The American Chemical Society offers students the chance to be exposed to the different fields within Chemistry, the ability to apply for cutting edge jobs (as they become available), and the means for eating lots of pizza.

  • Chemistry club 2014 constitution (pdf)

Chem Club News

  • UNK chem club organizes an 'infotainment' event for elementary school children from nearby schools
  • Chem club sales of safety goggles for 2014 fall hits the 200 pairs mark!
  • Chem club is now 23 members strong
  • New constitution ratified, and approved by student senate
  • Chem Club's participation includes Blue and Gold event on August 22, 2014, Picnic, on August 28th, Student Organization Fair on September 3rd
  • Upcoming activities: Early Awareness Program on October 7th, Participating as judges for Elwood Public High School during the science poster event, January 23, 2015

Recent Events - UNK chem club in community

Lava lamp (Mar, 2015): Chem Club students practicing the 'lava lamp' experiment for fun and internal fund raising

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Science Fair, Central City, NE (March 2015): Chem Club judging high school projects


Elmwood Highschool Projects (Jan, 2015): Chem club students judging projects, and providing students feedback on their works. 

registration table  judge reviewing poster  students standing by posters

Organization Fair (Jan, 2015)
UNK Chem Club students judging high school student projects. There were more than 25 projects. 

students making ice cream the chemistry way    

Early Science Awareness (2014)
Event organized by the chemistry department to introduce chemistry to elementary school children.Chem club students used Liquid Nitrogen to make some tasty icecream. An estimated 80 bowls of icecream were made and distributed to the attendees!


Chem club demo practice (2014). Chem Club President, Dusty Broxterman, demonstrating the "Banana Hammer" experiment to chem club students, preparing them for the upcoming event

Chem Club demo

Chem club's presence at the 2014 UNK blue and gold event, Aug 2014

student freezing metal nails with dry ice

The Chemistry Club was recognized as the 2008-2009 Outstanding UNK Student Group of the Year by the UNK Mortar Board Chapter

March 1-2, 2009: The Chemistry Club hosted a visit and public chemical demonstration shows by world-renowned chemical educator Professor Bassam Shakhashiri of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

professor bassam shakhashiri giving demonstration


Chemistry Club sends out emails using the‚ UNK Blackboard system.To receive these reminders about events and meetings, sign up for the UNK Chemistry Club organization:

  1. Login to Blackboard
  2. Click on the Community Tab
  3. Type Chemistry in Organization Search
  4. Click on Enroll

Chemistry Club now has a Facebook group -- click here‚ to view and join.

UNK ChemClub meets every other Tuesday at 5:30 pm in BHS chemistry conference room.


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