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 and Ice Cream Wednesdays open to everyone. Grab a donut and some coffee on the way to class, or hang out with us in the afternoon for some great ice cream! 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

Songela Chen | '19


Songela is a chemistry major from Pittsburgh especially interested in computational and biological chemistry. She enjoys playing piano and running in her free time.

Christopher Hillenbrand | '19

Community Outreach Director

Chris is a chemistry major from central New Jersey. Among the subfields of chemistry, he currently likes physical and inorganic chemistry the most. Chris also likes typography and playing the Irish tin whistle.

Tabrez Alam| '19

Undergraduate Liaison

Tabrez is a chemistry major, born and raised in the gritty streets of the Bronx. Mostly interested in biochemistry and pharmacology, he aspires to go to medical school and is currently a researcher in the Group of Prof. Robert Griffin. His project involves growing, extracting and analyzing the structures of amyloid fibrils using advanced Solid-State NMR techniques. Apart from academic work, he loves reading about world history/politics, watching a lot of anime and playing the balalaika and dulcimer.

Hikari Iwasaki | '20

Member At Large

Hikari is a freshman from Japan, hoping to major in physics and chemistry. Her interests lie in theoretical, physical and computational chemistry. She enjoys playing ukulele and learning new languages in her free time.

David Vaccaro | '18


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.

Minwoo Bae | '18


Minwoo is a course V sophomore. He has his scientific interests spanning chemistry and biology. Developing new chemical reactions, unearthing noble molecules of therapeutic importance, and elucidating the mechanism of aging fall into his interests. For his freshman year, Minwoo conducted photoredox-catalyzed heterocyclic compound synthesis under supervision of Professor Jamison, and now he aims at expanding the scope of Cu-catalyzed hydroamination in the Buchwald Lab. Minwoo has a dream one day his work would contribute to the society understanding the process of aging and, ultimately and boldly, overcoming aging, the inevitable fate of human being.

Samuel Gordon | '18

Publicity Chair

Samuel is a Massachusetts native majoring in chemistry, with a deep interest in biochemistry. He is currently working in the Schlau-Cohen lab developing model membrane systems to study membrane proteins. Apart from chemistry, Samuel enjoys classic science-fiction and riding his motorcycle into the sunset.

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