Why join Iota Sigma Pi?

-- We have an active chapter in the Chicago area (Aurum Iodide Chapter) that sponsors a wide variety of programs including monthly professional talks by members and invited speakers, field trips, social gatherings, and a December joint meeting with the Chicago Section of ACS. The meetings are held from September to May each year. During alternate years, we offer undergraduate women an opportunity to present their research at our Undergraduate Woman Student Chemistry Symposium. 

-- We support the National Iota Sigma Pi goals of supporting the development of women in chemistry and making awards to qualified women in chemistry.

-- A benefit to membership in Iota Sigma Pi is the opportunity for networking that occurs between the members. Our chapter has a mixture of women with a variety of chemical interests: our members are from industry, government, and academia and include both faculty and students. The size of our group is large enough to constitute a meaningful network, yet small enough for everyone to get to know one another.

The qualifications for student membership can be found below:


  • Undergraduate students: junior and senior women who have an overall 3.0 GPA and either 6 semesters of chemistry courses with a 3.0 chemistry GPA, or 4 semesters of chemistry courses with a 3.5 chemistry GPA.

  • Graduate students: female graduate students in chemistry-related fields with at least 9 semester hours (or equivalent) with a 3.0 GPA and meet the undergraduate requirements listed above.

  • Professionals:

    • hold a Ph.D. in chemistry or field closely related to chemistry, or

    • hold a baccalaureate or masters degree in chemistry or field closely related to chemistry and have a three year employment history in chemistry or a field where the principles of chemistry are important, or

    • have a five year employment history in chemistry or a field where the principles of chemistry are important.


To submit your application, go to www.iotasigmapi.org, click on Membership from the menu at the top of the page and select Membership again in the drop-down menu. Read through the requirements for membership and click on the Membership Application button at the bottom of the page. Complete the membership application form and upload your transcripts (for students) or CV/resume (for professionals). Upon successful submission, you will be redirected to a payment page for initiation fees ($25) and first-year's dues ($20 student/$55 professional), but you will not be able to checkout until you have been approved for membership and create a site login. You will also receive an email confirmation of your submission. View video instructions here: https://youtu.be/ty4erRk3YZo

Unfortunately, our initiation ceremony will not be held at DePaul University this year due to COVID-19. But if you apply, are approved, and pay membership dues and fees by April 30th we intend to host a virtual ceremony through Zoom in the evening of Friday, May 7.

I look forward to receiving your application!