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Start a New Student Chapter

Thinking of starting a chapter?

First find out what interest there is among your peers to start a chapter.  There is a minimum of 12 student members required to start an AIChE Student Chapter at your university. If you feel there is sufficient support, you should then choose an advisor. This is typically a chemical engineering faculty member who is a member of AIChE, supports your project and can help guide your chapter as it builds momentum.  Please note that the faculty advisor must be an active member of AIChE.  For more information on advisor membership rates and how to sign up, please see the website here.

To start an AIChE Student Chapter, begin by operating as a Chapter: (Elect officers, hold regular meetings and organize chapter activities). These can range from community service to social gatherings or from industrial speakers to plant tours - or any program that would be a benefit to your members.

See existing Student Chapters

Benefits of Student Chapters

The application must include a copy of the Bylaws for your Student Chapter. These Bylaws shall conform to AIChE's Constitution and Bylaws. Please review the by Bylaws Template and the sample of Student Chapter Activites Example below. 

AIChE Student Chapter Bylaws Template

AIChE Student Chapter Activites Example

5 Requirements for Starting an AIChE Student Chapter

  • 12 student members – at least twelve students from the university must become AIChE student members   

  • 1 Faculty Advisor at your University – the chapter’s faculty advisor must be an AIChE member

  • Supply a letter of support from your department chair and advisor.

  • Summary of planned Chapter activities (see example above)

  • Student Chapter Bylaws for your Chapter (using the above template)

Once you have compiled the list of application materials above, please upload the complete package using the Student Chapter Application Form.  Feel free to email your materials to studentchapters@aiche.org prior to sending so that I may look them over for any issues that could hold up the application process.