Welcome to the website of the Beta Rho chapter of Alpha Chi Sigma, a chapter of the Professional Chemistry fraternity at Kansas State University.
We are a Professional Chemistry Fraternity, made of both Collegiate and Professional branches, committed to the advancement of chemistry. We find the science of chemistry entertaining and rewarding, and strive to share our enthusiasm with those around us. We believe in learning not only more about chemistry, but learning more about our fellow brothers along the way. These aspirations have been part of the fraternity since our founding in 1902 at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and as such are the three objectives of the fraternity, found at the bottom of the page. Our main goal is to promote the brotherhood and scholarship of chemistry. Our largest contributor is our chemistry magic shows. We perform at different venues including many places on campus, as well as at the various elementary and middle schools in Manhattan and surrounding cities. Our main goal at these shows is to show the amazing things that chemistry can explain, and have fun while doing it. We also have social events with our collegiate brothers, as well as the professional brothers.
Beta Rho was colonized by the Kappa Chapter (Kansas University), and has been a thriving branch of Alpha Chi Sigma since October 30, 1965.
Our first members were initiated by Kappa after a friendly game of basketball.
To join Alpha Chi Sigma, you must first go through pledging: a semester long process that gives you time to get to know our members and a few things about the fraternity before joining. Alpha Chi Sigma is open to students that are majoring in Chemistry, or were within the top 40% of your chem 1 class. Both males and females may start pledging to join.
If you're interested in the slightest, we have informational meetings near the start of each semester. If you want us to contact us to find out about the next informational meeting, fill out the form below or just show up! The dates of the informational meetings will be on the Calendar as soon as they are known.
Throughout the semester, our chapter has social events. Near the start of the pledging process, we have events every night of the week for prospective pledges to get to know us and see whether they want to join or not. These events may include, but are not limited to bowling, laser tag, a potluck, picture scavengar hunts, and movie nights!
Aren't fraternities just for men?
Although most fraternities for women call themselves sororities, fraternity is the more general term for a greek letter organization. We are a fraternity in the true sense of the word. All members are referred to as brothers, including our female members.
What is a professional faternity?
A professional fraternity selects its members based on common professional goals and interests. The more common social fraternities choose their members based on similar social interests. However, professional fraternities can have just as much fun as social onesjust ask any one of our members.
What is pledging?
You can join some organizations simply by filling out a form and mailing in your dues. Joining a fraternity is more work. Pledging is a process where a potential member associates with our fraternity for several months before becoming a brother. This gives both you and us a chance to get to know each other before we mutually agree that our fraternity is a good fit for you.
Does AΧΣ Haze?
Absolutely not. As a professional fraternity, we have a zero-tolerance policy on hazing. Pledges who are uncomfortable with what is asked of them by a member of the fraternity should voice their concerns and, if necessary, report the matter to one of the fraternity officers.
Is pledging fun?
We certainly hope so. If you don't enjoy pledging, you won't enjoy being a member either. If, unfortunately, you view coming to fraternity meetings and events a hassle rather than a time for fun, perhaps you might reconsider joining our fraternity.
How much of a time commitment is pledging
Expect to spend a minimum of three or four hours per week with your potential brothers and fellow pledges. We have mandatory pledge meetings once a week and recommended activities on some weekends. The time commitment is more than that to join most clubs, but much less than that to join a social fraternity. We will not wake you up at 5am to do push ups! The time commitment for pledging is meant to be the same as for a minimally active member. If you don't have time to pledge, you wont have time to be a member. All that being said, many pledges find themselves voluntarily spending more time with Alpha Chi Sigma than required. It's fun you'll see.
What will I do as a pledge?
As a pledge you will have a "big", an active member to act as mentor and help you through the pledging process. You have to learn a little about the fraternities history and alchemy (yes, you will be quizzed). Mostly though, you will be having fun and learning what brotherhood is all about. Pledge events include bowling, a potluck, trivia night, AΧΣ Jeopardy, and many more!
Can I be a member of another fraternity or sorority if I join AΧΣ?
If you join AXE, you cannot join another professional chemistry fraternity. Since we are the only chemistry fraternity on campus, the answer is yes. In fact, several of our brothers are also in social fraternities and sororities.
Is AΧΣ only at K-State?
I'm a grad student. Why would I want to associate with undergrads?
Well, first of all, we are not only undergrads. Many of our active members are graduate students. In fact, many professors are also AXE brothers. Since we are a professional fraternity, we also have an active presence in industry and a number of professional chapters. AXE is not just for undergrads, it's for life.
Any questions we missed?
You can fill out this form to receive information about our next informational meeting. You can also contact our Master Alchemist, , or our Vice Master Alchemist, !
We have informational meetings at the start both the Fall and Spring semesters. We can't wait to hear from you!
Each October, Alpha Chi Sigma and the Chemistry Department at K-State put on activities during National Chemistry Week. The biggest event is a show at Manhattan Town Center Mall. Faculty members of the American Chemical Society with the help of BP brothers offer hands-on activities for kids, and brothers from BP put on three Halloween-themed shows during the day to show off a variety of neat chemistry tricks. The mall show is fun because so many children and families stop to watch, and its a fun show for members to participate in too!
BP hosted its annual dinner with faculty at Little Apple Brewery. Several faculty members were in attendance, including: Chapter Advisor Dr. Chris Levy; brother Dr. Chris Culbertson; Drs. Christer Aakeroy, Yasmin Patell, Kenneth Klabunde, Ping Li, Leila Maurmann; Christa Obermeyer and Ron Jackson; Chemist and Dean of Arts and Sciences Peter Dorhout. It was a nice evening out for all students and faculty in attendance.
In the basement of the Chemistry/Biochemistry Building is a large periodic table - each element has its own square with information about the element. In the fall, under the advice of BP Chapter Advisor Dr. Christopher Levy, brothers volunteered their time on a Saturday to clean the periodic table element panels. With music cranked up in the AXS lab and everybody sporting purple gloves, cleaning turned out to be fun!
Through the year, our chapter puts on a variety of Chemistry Magic Shows to show groups Chemistry and how cool it can be!
You can contact our Outreach Coordinator, , if you're interested in having us do a show.