Welcoming new undergraduate students

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On the day before instruction officially began, the department held its fourth annual welcome reception for new undergraduate students.  

The undergraduate office invited over 400 incoming first-year majors and over 90 incoming transfer students to Young Hall 2033 for an informal reception where they met faculty, current students, student group leaders, and undergraduate advisors. 

At the event held on September 26, 2018, the new Bruins were able to speak to the instructors who would go on to lead their courses for the rest of the quarter as well as meet their fellow classmates. Department Chair Professor Catherine F. Clarke, as well as several other faculty members, attended the event and encouraged the new students to get to know the faculty and teaching assistants by attending office hours, or even just stopping by their office.

Members of the Beta Gamma Chapter of the Alpha Chi Sigma fraternity (AXE), Student Members of the American Chemical Society (SMACS), and Biochem ASE were on hand to help with the event and welcome the new students.  

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(Right) Department Chair Professor Catherine F. Clarke welcomed the new students and answered their questions.

The event was a great way for these ambitious and accomplished students to start the year. Perhaps even most importantly, the event gave the incoming chemistry and biochemistry undergraduate students the opportunity to meet each other.  

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Professor Anastassia Alexandrova (far right) poses with students enrolled in her 20AH honors course.
Alpha Chi Sigma Fraternity (AXE) members were on hand to help with the event and welcome the new students.  
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(Left) Undergraduate advising staff Sarah Eguchi, Corrine Allas, Tim Mahlanza, and Denise Mantonya. 

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Pictured above, snapshots from the event.

Photos by Penny Jennings, UCLA Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry.