In the Spring of 2007, the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE, pronounced “no-be-shay”) approved a student chapter at Indiana University. Now as the world becomes increasingly globalized and smaller, we believe that true success lies in our ability to manoeuvre our interconnected networks and embrace diversity in our thinking. To this end, our chapter is not for only black chemists.
Our NOBCChE chapter was formed in an effort to provide a support network on the Bloomington campus for current undergraduate and graduate students in the physical sciences. However, since there is a serious deficit of minority students in this area, it is also our goal to develop constructive means by which minority recruitment and retention can be supported and enhanced.
Knowing that studies in physical sciences can be tough and challenging gives us the impetus to sustain this chapter not only to help and encourage students that are already a part of the field, but to convince others to consider being a part of what is definitely an exciting era in the sciences!
Over the 2007-2008 academic year, we focused mainly on getting the chapter officially recognized as a campus organization, applying for funding, and recruiting members. Thanks to the Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate's (AGEP) sponsorship, we were able to organize meetings, attend the National Conference in Philadelphia, and invite a prominent guest speaker to campus.
Benefits to joining are numerous, and our hope is that you spend a little more time exploring this website and signing up! We have events lined up and would be thrilled to have folks join to help organize them!
Thanks for visiting and we hope to see you!