The Melbourne University Chemical Engineering Students Society (MUCESS) is the official faculty-based, student-run body for Chemical and Biochemical Engineering students at the University of Melbourne. Students of the Chemical with Business and Materials streams of Engineering are also represented. MUCESS is affiliated with the University of Melbourne Student Union (UMSU).
MUCESS was established in 1960 to foster a sense of belonging and connection amongst Chemical Engineering students. The club has maintained this sense of community through various social events, including an annual Cocktail Night, regular lunchtime events and occasional trivia nights.
The Chemical Engineering Mentoring Program (CHEMP) was established in 2017 as a peer-mentoring opportunity where Undergraduate and Masters students are paired. This is an excellent networking experience for both parties, and additionally, the Mentor gains the opportunity to contribute to the community and gain mentoring experience, and the Mentee has a source of non-academic advice and support.
MUCESS contributes to career development through the annual Industry Event, which is attended by numerous companies who provide employment opportunities to our students. Selected sponsors are also invited to present to students at various other points in the semester.
To support the academic needs of students, student representatives are elected to MUCESS. Student representatives attend Staff-Student Liaison Committee Meetings and provide input to the faculty on how to best meet the academic and student-experience needs of Chemical Engineering students.
Membership to MUCESS is open to all students and costs $5.