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CSU 2022-2023 Exec Team

We are super excited to announce our congratulations to the newly elected executive team for the 2022-2023 school year!

President: Annie Li
Vice-Presidents: Samuel Hugie, Sasha Maniaci
Social Coordinator: Patricia Stewart
Social Media Coordinator: Judi Ashri
Academic Coordinator: Atang Peloewetse
Treasurer: Jitian Chen
Secretary: Kevin Yuan

Thank you to everyone who ran for next year’s exec team! We appreciate everyone for your continued support of the CSU.

CSU Pub Night

Come join us at our pub night this semester on Friday, April 8th! This will be a great chance to hang out with some friends or meet new people! Only 80 people will get drink tickets on a first come, first served basis. Bring some friends and we hope to see you soon!

Date: Friday, April 8th, 2022
Time: 6 – 9 pm
Location: Duke of York, 39 Prince Arthur Ave.

CSU Executive Team Elections

If you’re registered in at least one CHM course per semester next year and would like to be part of the 2022-2023 CSU Executive Team, please fill out the following form by Sunday April 3rd at 11:59pm!

The actual election night will be on Wednesday April 6th at 6-8pm via Zoom. During this time, all candidates will be able to give a 2min “pitch” on why students should vote for them, and will answer questions posed by the attending students. Only students in attendance at the meeting will be able to vote. Only undergraduate students who are registered in a CHM course in at least one chemistry course per semester next year, or chemistry program students may vote (specialist, major, minor). Voting will be anonymous, but student IDs will be collected and verified by the department.

Zoom link: (Password: Carbon)

The CSU is a fantastic team to be a part of, and as of this year, we are officially an award-winning team (! This is a fantastic way to get involved in the department and to make close connections with students from all years.

Thanks for joining us for all our events this year! We hope to see many of you run for next year 🙂

For any questions, please write to For more info on the CSU, please see:

Form link:

Non-Academic Careers Panel

Are you interested in finding alternative career avenues with your chemistry degree that are not related to academia? Are you interested in networking with professionals in industry? If so, the 2nd annual Non-Academic Panel event is the place for you!
Join us to hear from Senior Program Analyst, Dr. Shweta Ganapati, and Deputy Director of Science and Engineering Promotion, Ms. Kelly Anne Hoop, of NSERC, CTO and Co-Founder of Edgehog, Dr. Calvin Cheng, Manager of INOVAIT, Mr. Leo Mui and Principle of Rhapsody Venture Partners, Dr. Jessica Freyer, talk about their current careers and how chemistry has aided them in their respective fields!

Passcode: 2_CSU_NonAcademic

Date: Monday, March 21, 2022
Time: 5:30 – 7:00 pm EST

Meeting link:
Meeting ID: 845 1939 5142
Passcode: 822972

50th annual Southern Ontario Undergraduate Student Chemistry Conference (SOUSCC)

If you’ve completed any undergraduate research or are interested in hearing about chemistry research from across the province, register now for the 50th annual Southern Ontario Undergraduate Student Chemistry Conference (SOUSCC)! This is a fantastic opportunity to showcase your work, meet fellow students and professors, and network with industry representatives. This year’s conference will be hosted online through Gather Town on Saturday March 26th, and all presenters will have their meals covered and receive a swag package in the mail! Sign up by Saturday March 12th at 11:59pm through this link:

More details can be found here:

If you’re interested in volunteering to help out on the day of the event, applications are now open:

Department Feedback form due

Hey Chem Students!

The CSU will once again be meeting with Dr. Andy Dicks, Professor and Undergraduate Chair of the Department of Chemistry, as well as Nicole Treston, the Undergraduate Counselor, this March to discuss YOUR feedback and concerns with the administration.

We welcome you to bring up any new concerns you might have, as well as any old concerns that you believe have not bee addressed yet. Dr. Dicks and Nicole have been super receptive to feedback and committed to addressing student concerns, and we look forward to continue sharing your feedback with them! This form will be completely anonymous so please be honest.

The form is available to all undergraduates who are enrolled in a chemistry course this year.

Date: Friday, March 4th, 2022

Academic Seminar with Prof. Richmond Sarpong

Did you know that natural products serve as the basis of many new medicines? Natural products also provide intricate problems that expose limitations in the strategies and methods employed in chemical synthesis. What are natural products? Why are they important in chemistry? Richmond Sarpong’s experiences growing up in Sub-Saharan Africa led to his interest in natural products. These early influences, along with the evolution of Sarpong’s career in synthetic organic chemistry, will be discussed.

Meeting ID: 864 5282 3966
Passcode: 179530


Join us on Thursday, February 17th at 6:00pm for a panel discussion with professor Cynthia Goh to learn more about the multitude of possibilities in chemistry, post-graduate! The panel will include a Q&A session as well for all of your unanswered questions.

Meeting ID: 848 2431 0614
Passcode: Nitrogen

York University Graduate Open House

Dear Undergraduate Students,

The Department of Chemistry at York University is pleased to announce its 2nd annual Graduate Open House (GOH) for prospective graduate students, which will take place virtually on Saturday, January 22, 2022 (see poster for details).

We welcome all undergraduate students who may be interested in applying to graduate school at YorkU for Fall 2022 or Winter 2023 entry. Although our event is targeted towards students in their final year of undergraduate studies, students in any year are welcome to attend the GOH to learn more about summer research or co-op opportunities at YorkU.

Our department is comprised of 28 faculty members with 12 new hires since 2017. We work in diverse research areas across the fields of chemistry, biochemistry, and materials science. To learn more about the research going on in our department, click here for a brief video. Additional details can be found on our website.

At the GOH, you will have the opportunity to learn about our graduate program, graduate student life, and research interests at YorkU. You can also meet faculty members, students, and postdocs in the department, as well as network with other prospective students. A detailed itinerary will be released closer to the date.

>> If you are interested in attending the Open House, please register by filling out this form by December 31, 2021 <<

There is no cost to attend the event and you are not obligated to apply to our graduate program if you attend the Open House.

Please feel free to reach out to me directly ( if you have any questions.

We hope to see you all there!

Best regards,


CSU x ChemClub Trivia Night

Ever wanted to put your chemistry trivia skills to the test and win up to $300 in total prizes? If so, grab some friends and join the CSU for a virtual trivia night on Thursday, December 2nd at 7pm! You and your team will be alongside a chemistry professor, competing for first place in our chemistry themed trivia. Sign up links are below, teams are capped at 4 people! You can sign up as an individual as well and leave the teams to us.

Zoom link:
Meeting ID: 868 4452 9962
Passcode: 139413

Sign up: