Alpha Chi Sigma
In 1902, a group of students formed Alpha Chi Sigma, the only national professional fraternity specializing in chemistry. The organization now has a membership of more than 63,000 men and women.
Alpha Chi Sigma (often referred to as AXE) is a national, co-ed, professional chemistry fraternity, founded at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on December 11, 1902.It was founded by nine men, they are:
- Raymond Tracy Conger
- Harold Everett Eggers
- Joseph Gerard Holty
- Alfred Emil Kundert
- Joseph Howard Mathews
- Edward Gustav Mattke
- Bart Eldred McCormick
- Frank Joseph Petura
- James Chisholm Silverthorn
Alpha Chi Sigma remained an all-male organization until 1971, when membership was extended to women. The founders laid out three objects to guide the fraternity:
- To bind its members with a tie of true and lasting friendship.
- To strive for the advancement of chemistry both as a science and as a profession.
- To aid its members by every honorable means in the attainment of their ambitions as chemists throughout their mortal lives.