- Pitt-Greensburg Scholarships
- SLC Scholarship Program Pitt-Greensburg was awarded a grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to increase the retention and graduation rates of students in Biology or Chemistry. Through the Science Learning Community (SLC) program, scholarships of up to $10,000 per year for a period of up to four years were available to eligible academically talented students from high schools serving Fayette and Washington Counties and rural areas of Westmoreland County in Pennsylvania. Learn more >>
Clubs / Honor Societies / Organizations
Gamma Sigma Epsilon (GSE) is a National Chemistry Honor Society founded in 1919 to promote the study of chemistry and activity in this field at the undergraduate level. The Pitt-Greensburg chapter of Gamma Sigma Epsilon is called Rho Theta. Rho Theta was established on March 17, 2009 with 22 charter members. As of May 2021, the Rho Theta chapter has approximately 35 members. We are always interested in adding active and engaged qualifying students. Co-advisors of the Rho Theta chapter are Dr. Jordan Boothe and Dr. Matt Luderer.
Membership in GSE is open to students majoring in Chemistry and disciplines related to Chemistry (e.g., Biological Science, physics, biochemistry, science education), and faculty who teach Chemistry courses and courses related to Chemistry. To qualify for membership and induction into GSE, students:
- Must have completed General Chemistry 1 (CHEM 0110)General Chemistry 2 (CHEM 0120) lecture/laboratory sequences AND the Organic Chemistry 1 lecture (CHEM 0310) and laboratory (CHEM 0330) sequence (with a grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.00 in these courses)
- Maintain a grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.00 in their chemistry courses at the time of induction into GSE.
The Rho Theta chapter engages in several activities each year, with activities varying from year to year based on student-driven interests. In the past, Rho Theta members have conducted various fundraising drives, such as
- "Cooking with Chemistry" hands-on activities involving students
- "Chem-O Demo" chemistry lecture demonstration presented by Rho Theta members
- The "Working Lives of Chemists" series featuring Pitt-Greensburg Chemistry and Biological Science alumni who give presentations on their careers after graduating from Pitt-Greensburg.
Additionally, collaborative activities with the Pitt-Greensburg chapter of the Beta Beta Beta National Biology Honor Society and Science Club have involved demonstrations, celebrations, and outreach events.
Please find more information at our Engage page >>
Your chemistry degree can lead to opportunities for graduate study in chemistry, chemical engineering, chemical biology, biochemistry, and related sciences, as well as professional programs in the health-related professions (particularly in the medical, pharmaceutical, and dental fields). Many of these fields leverage foundational principles of chemistry, and with a degree in Chemistry from Pitt-Greensburg you will be well-suited as an applicant to find success in future studies.
Start thinking ahead about your capstone undergraduate research project, which you will begin upon completion of CHEM 1702 (Undergraduate Research Writing), at the end of your junior year. It may not seem like it, but two-and-a-half years can pass by quickly! Start talking with the Chemistry and/or the Biochemistry faculty about possible research topics that may interest you or about the research projects that the Chemistry and/or Biochemistry faculty members are engaged in at present.
As a component of capstone research, you will be expected to register for CHEM 1702 (Undergraduate Research Writing). This is the course in which you will be required to select your capstone undergraduate research project and faculty advisor. The Fall Term passes quickly, so start thinking about your capstone research project and a potential faculty advisor for it sooner rather than later.