Organizations and Services for Undergraduates

Lab materials in undergraduate Chemistry 109 lab

Academic Support Services and Tutoring


Greater University Tutoring Service (GUTS)

Greater University Tutoring Service is a volunteer tutoring organization that provides free tutoring to all UW-Madison students who wish to improve their grades, study habits, and conversational English.

University Housing Tutoring
University Housing offers free drop-in chemistry tutoring at select locations on campus.

College of Engineering Tutoring
The College of Engineering offers free drop-in tutoring for select courses on the fourth floor of Wendt Commons.

Chemistry Learning Center (CLC)
The CLC welcomes as many students as they can, but they do not have the resources to meet the needs of all students. The CLC works with students in the Academic Advancement Program (AAP), Pathways, Center for Academic Achievement (CAE), Center for Educational Opportunities (CeO formerly TRIO), PEOPLE, and POSSE programs. They also try to welcome Chancellor and Powers Knapp Scholars, students who have been away from school for more than four years, recently returning veterans, first-semester transfer students, students who have trouble understanding English, McBurney Center students, students on academic probation, students re-taking the course after failing it, and students at-risk of failing the course (i.e., overall grade F/low D). The CLC does not enroll students who have been successful in a course (C or better) and are re-taking the same course to earn a higher grade (e.g., earned a BC and desire an AB). These are general guidelines and the CLC considers each student seeking assistance on a case-by-case basis. Although it is helpful to sign up early, the CLC does not function on a first-come first-served basis. Students apply by dropping by Room B311 Chemistry without an appointment between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. and filling out a short application.

Chemistry Learning Center Resources
The Chemistry Learning Center (CLC) posts Chemistry 103, 104, and 109 resource sheets on the CLC website.

UW Peer Learning Association
UW Peer Learning Association (PLA) is a student organization that facilitates students-working-with-students in small study groups in many courses.  They work with some General and Organic Chemistry lecture sections (not all).

Alpha Chi Sigma Student Fraternity
Alpha Chi Sigma (AXE) is a co-ed chemistry fraternity that offers chemistry tutoring, and is located at 621 N. Lake Street.

Writing Center
The Writing Center helps undergraduate and graduate students successfully complete course papers, theses, dissertations, and articles for publication in all sorts of academic disciplines. The center offers an extensive range of individual instruction, non-credit classes, curricular-based writing tutors (Undergraduate Writing Fellows), and instructional materials.

Student Support Services

University Health Services (UHS)
UHS enhances learning and student success by promoting, protecting, and restoring health and well-being. UHS employs an integrated care model, combining a wide range of medical, mental health counseling, prevention, and wellness services to help support you as an individual student so that you can be personally and academically healthy and successful.

Dean of Students Office
The Dean of Students Off
ice navigates and coordinates advocacy, intervention, prevention, and referral services for the university community. This office provides assistance and support to students who are experiencing various types of crises.

Student Organizations

American Chemical Society (ACS) UW-Madison Student Chapter
The department's ACS student chapter facilitates opportunities for students in the chemical sciences to promote the advancement of chemistry and obtain experience in preparing and presenting technical material.

Alpha Chi Sigma (ΑΧΣ)
Alpha Chi Sigma is a national, co-ed, professional chemistry organization that was founded at UW-Madison in 1902. The UW-Madison chapter has an active membership of about 40 students, both graduate and undergraduate. The organization also has two houses, at 619 and 621 N. Lake Street, which house nearly half of the members. The houses are the primary locations for events like tutoring, chapter dinners, meetings, and social events.

National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE)
The UW-Madison NOBCChE student chapter seeks to encourage students of color to pursue graduate and professional degrees in chemistry, chemical engineering, and other chemistry-related fields. Members participate in professional development through national conference presentations, networking, and community service activities. Contact chapter president Charnell Chasten at for more information.

Society for the Advancement of Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)
SACNAS is a society of scientists dedicated to fostering the success of Hispanic/Chicano and Native American scientists—from college students to professionals—to attain advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in science. Sign up for the organization's listserv by emailing

Students Participating in Chemical Education (SPICE)
SPICE trains undergraduates to perform chemistry demonstrations in order to interest elementary and middle school students in chemistry and science via cool experiments, hands-on activities, and exploration stations at public venues.

UW-Madison Student Organizations
The Center for Leadership and Involvement (CfLI) promotes student involvement as an integral part of a university education. Working with university and community partners, including student group advisors, alumni, and national organizations, and through education on university resources, policies, and procedures, CfLI supports quality learning experiences outside of the classroom, and encourages active, thoughtful, involved community citizens.