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The Huron Valley section of the American Chemical Society also hosts numerous events throughout the year.  Click here to link to their website.



As well as actively participating in many University events, the Department of Chemistry holds numerous events each year to promote chemistry, the University and to reach out to the community.  A summary of the most important events are listed below.

ANACHEM Joint Meeting with the Detroit Society for Applied Spectroscopy (SAS). Thursday, September 13th, 2018, 6:00 pm

" ICP Spectroscopy: Something Old, Something New " Dr. R. S. Houk, Ames Laboratory USDOE, Department of Chemistry, Iowa State University, Ames IA 50011 USA. Room 300 Halle Library

Dinner afterwards at Aubree’s Grill

Departmental Fall Picnic - Fall 2018, September 28 from 3:00 - 5:30 pm

The Chemistry Club, together with the Chemistry Department, have hosted a fall picnic for the past forty years. Chemistry students, alumni, faculty, staff, and emeritus faculty and staff are all welcome to come. It is typically held the last Friday of September or the first Friday of October at Candy Cane Park in Ypsilanti. Directions from EMU

Graduate Research Conference Darshani Weerakoon

The Graduate School sponsors this annual event which showcases graduate student researchers.  This event is open to the public.  It is held on a Friday morning at the Student Center and features poster and oral presentations by graduate students on their individual research projects.  The Department of Chemistry always has one of the larger contingents of students at this event.  The event website is http://www.emich.edu/graduate/news_events/research_conf/index.php

Undergraduate Symposium - Friday, March 23, 2018 UG Symposium 2014

This a university-wide event, sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, at which undergraduate students present the results of their undergraduate research projects.  This event is open to the public.  It is held at the Student Center on a Friday morning and there are hundreds of presentations and posters by students from all disciplines.  Chemistry typically has one of the largest contingents of students in the event.  The presentations are followed by a banquet for the students and their sponsors featuring a distinguished external speaker.  Since 1995, the banquet has been emceed by one of the student presenters, many of whom have been chemists:  Ermelinda Harper (co-host, 1997), Hrant Hratchian (2001), Oluwaseun Adetayo (2002), Elizabeth Blaney (co-host 2003), James Grinias (2009), and Ian Pendleton (2012).  Click here to see pictures and a list of Chemistry presentations from the 2015 symposium.

Alumni and Awards Banquet - Friday, April 6, 2018

Dr. Tornquist

The Department of Chemistry hosts an annual Alumni and Awards Banquet each spring, at which outstanding chemistry students are recognized. Awards are presented for high performance at all course levels, from freshman through senior. Parents and friends are welcome, and many alumni return to renew old friendships. If you are a current student and have declared a major in the Chemistry Department, you may attend the banquet free of charge, as our guest.Students at Banquet - 2012

Reservation forms are mailed to those on our mailing list, along with the Annual Chemistry Department Newsletter. Use this form or call the department office at 734.487.0106 to reserve your spot.  You can also request to be placed on our mailing list.  Copies of annual newsletters can be obtained by clicking on the newsletters link.

The first Chemistry Department banquet was held in 1962.  Each year, the banquet program contains a listing of all of the year's departmental award winners.  We have copies of programs dating back as far as 1974 available by clicking on the banquet programs link.


The Department of Chemistry is part of the College of Arts & Sciences, 214 Pray-Harrold