Department Events

The Department has numerous recurring events, meetings and lecture/seminar series. See an overview below or visit the official view the official Department of Chemistry calendar here.

  • Awards Ceremony – Each spring, the department celebrates student success with an awards ceremony. In 2018, approximately $230,000 was given to help undergraduate and graduate students continue working toward becoming Badger Chemists.

    Friday, April 27th, 2018

    2:30–3:30 p.m. Reception in the West Atrium, Grainger Hall
    3:30–5:00 p.m. Ceremony in Room 1100, Morgridge Auditorium, Grainger Hall
    5:00 – 6:30 p.m. Poster Session in the Shain Atrium, Chemistry Building
  • Board of Advisers Meetings – The UW-Madison Department of Chemistry Board of Advisers meets twice a year to assist the department in working toward its mission. It consists of highly-qualified, professional members of academia and industry, who offer guidance on student/faculty/staff relations, business processes, and educational endeavors.
  • Department Meetings – Students, faculty and staff assemble on the second Tuesday of each month at 1:30 p.m. to discuss department news and events in room 9341 of the Chemistry Building.
  • Graduation Celebration – As students complete their undergraduate and graduate degrees each May, with the UW-Madison Department of Chemistry, the department celebrates these achievements with a reception and ceremony. Students also take part in official UW-Madison Commencement events.

    Friday, May 11, 2018
    3:00 p.m. Ceremony in Grainger Hall
  • Lectures & Seminars

    • Achieving Career Insight and Development Seminar Series
      This career development workshop helps graduate students prepare for jobs in academia and industry, as well as the search and interview process students will go through to get those jobs.
    • Richard B Bernstein Physical Chemistry Seminar Series
      Bernstein was a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry at UW-Madison. He was proficient in techniques for femptochemistry and spent some time working on the Manhattan Project. He was awarded the National Medal of Science in 1989 and died in 1990.
    • Casey Inorganic Lectures
    • Gilbert Stork Lecture Series
      This lecture series, which started in 2014, honors Gilbert Stork, an organic chemist who received his Ph.D. from UW-Madison in 1945.
    • Hirschfelder Lecture
    • Kramer Lecture
    • McElvain Seminar
    • P&G Seminar
    • Sigma-Aldrich Lecture
    • James M. Sprague Lectureship

      Dr. Sprague, who received his Ph.D. 1934 under Adkins, worked for Merck Sharp & Dohme Research Laboratories. This organic chemistry lecture series honors his memory. He died January 30, 2000.

    • Villers Wilson Meloche Lectureship
  • Professional Development Workshops – The Department of Chemistry Wellness and Professional Development Committee sponsors workshops on requested topics throughout the year to help students, faculty and staff with topics from exercise and health to resolving and dealing with conflict.