About ClubChem

We are the MIT Undergraduate Chemistry Association. Our goal is to foster interaction among undergraduates, between undergraduates and faculty, and between undergraduates and the greater Boston community.

We hold Donut Mondays open to everyone. Grab a donut and some coffee on the way to class! We arrange professor dinners. Come and get to know what your professors are like away from the chalkboards! We hold Chemistry Magic Shows for local elementary/middle schools. Become a magician and help kids get inspired to take an interest in chemistry!

Exec Board

Prof. Bradley L. Pentelute
Faculty Advisor

Website: Pentelute Lab @ MIT

Diptarka Hait '16

Dip is a Chemistry and Physics double major from India, who is very much interested in Theoretical Chemistry. He is currently working on analyzing the Dynamics of Electron Transfer in the Group of Professor Troy Van Voorhis, and hopes to go to graduate school next year. He is also deeply interested in Byzantine history, and can often be found with his nose buried in the works of some obscure historian from that era.

Tanyaporn "Oom" Pattarabanjird '16

Oom is a chemistry and bioengineering double major from Thailand. She is mostly interested in biochemistry, chemical biology and medicine and currently an undergraduate researcher in Professor Alice Ting Lab. Her project is engineering a temporally precise neuronal reporter for unbiased search of activated neuronal circuits during complex behavior. She hopes to go to medical school after graduation. Besides academia, she loves playing piano and exploring Boston for good food.

James Deng '17
Community Outreach Director

James is a chemistry major from Connecticut. Aligning with his interests in bioorganic chemistry and natural products, he is currently working on synthetic organic chemistry with Prof. Rick Danheiser. He has a lot of interests apart from chemistry.

David Vaccaro '18
Community Outreach Director

David is a born and raised Massachusetts resident, hoping to pursue a degree in chemistry and possibly also a double major in mathematics. While still keeping an open mind about his future, he currently has plans to attempt to enter into medical school after his undergraduate studies. In his free time, he enjoys reading and obsessing over novels and comic books, listening to his favorite jams, and drinking copious amounts of chocolate milk.

Lily Chen '16
Publicity Chair

Lily Chen is a chemistry major from New York City. She does undergraduate research in the lab of Prof. Timothy Swager, and plans to earn a PhD in chemistry after she graduates. Aside from chemistry, she enjoys choral singing, board games, and cooking.

Natalie Burgos '16
Publicity Chair

Natalie is a Midwestern girl who ditched the cornfields for the east coast to study chemistry. She is a homebody who enjoys watching rom-coms and chilling/cooking/baking with her housemates, but she occasionally ventures out to drum and dance with Rambax, MIT's Senegalese drum ensemble.

Aofei Liu '17

Aofei is a junior in Course V from Singapore. She is mostly interested in organic chemistry and is currently a UROP in Hammond lab working on the functionalisation of PPLG polymers for applications in the formation of hydrogels. She is also a compulsive fangirl and can often be found obsessing over Sherlock, Game of Thrones, Fire Emblem and her many other fandoms.

Tomohiro Soejima '17
Faculty Dinner Coordinator

Tomo hailed from Japan to pursue his undergraduate career in Chemistry and Physics. He has been obsessed with molecular sponges, Metal Organic Frameworks (MOFs) and works for Prof. Mircea Dinca to study electronic properties of MOFs. Outside of academics, he enjoys singing and acting, and is an active member of MIT Gilber & Sullivan Players, and Dramashop.

Songela Chen '19
Freshman Representative

Songela is a freshman from Pittsburgh interested in many subjects, especially computational and biological chemistry. She writes a blog for girls in STEM (Girls Got Talent) and enjoys playing piano and flute in her free time.

Christopher Hillenbrand '19
Freshman Representative

Chung-Yueh "Jeremy" Lin '19
Freshman Representative

Jeremy is a freshman from Taipei, Taiwan, and he is interested in Course 5 (Chemistry) and Course 10-B (Biochem Engineering). Jeremy enjoys going jogging and playing badminton in his free time, and Jeremy is also a member of the Techiya a cappella group.

David Wang '19
Freshman Representative

David is an intended chemistry major from California. His interests span all fields of synthetic chemistry, from organic and organometallics to bioinorganic. In his free time, David enjoys singing a cappella in The Chorallaries, running along the Charles River, and carefully experimenting with household chemicals.

Janice Ong '19
Freshman Representative

Kenny Chen G
Graduate Student Representative

Kenny is a graduate student in the Department of Chemistry (Biological Division). He is very interested in research on the interface between chemistry and biology. He received his B.S. in Chemistry from UCLA, and spent a year conducting breast cancer research at the National Institutes of Health before joining MIT in 2015.

Lane Gunderman '17
Exec Member-at-Large

Lane is from Chicago and is a current Junior in the physics department. Although no longer a chemistry major, he performs summer research for the Willard group and has done research in computational/physical chemistry for the past 4 years. Aside from chemistry, physics, and, of course, math, Lane enjoys playing games, pedagogical theory and practice, and helping people.

ClubChem is sponsored by the James K. Littwith (‘42) Fund, the MIT UA, and the MIT Chemistry department.