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Izaak M. Kolthoff Lectureship in Chemistry, April 8-11

Professor Suzanne Walker from the Department of Microbiology and Immunobiology at the Harvard Medical School will present the Izaak M. Kolthoff Lectureship in Chemistry, April 8, 9 and 11.

When Where Abstract + Activities
4 p.m.
Monday, April 8
331 Smith Hall

Pathway-directed screening for antibacterial compounds 

A reception follows (all are welcome) from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 8, Conference Rooms ABC, 4th floor, Coffman Memorial Union

9:45 a.m.
Tuesday, April 9
331 Smith Hall

How chemical genetics can reveal new biology 

9:45 a.m.
Thursday, April 11
331 Smith Hall

Unraveling the mysteries of O-GlcNAc transferase 

Open Forum: 4:30 p.m.
Kate & Michael Bárány Conference Room (117/119 Smith Hall)
"Effective mentoring: what does it involve?"

Researchers describe new method to render the CuAAC "click" reaction enentioselective
En-Chih Liu and Professor Topczewski show how an enantioselective CuAAC (E-CuAAC), enabled by dynamic kinetic resolution (DKR).

Third-year graduate student En-Chih Liu, along with his adviser Professor Joseph Topzewski, have published an article, "Enantioselective Copper Catalyzed Alkyne–Azide Cycloaddition by Dynamic Kinetic Resolution," in the Journal of the American Chemical Society that describes a method to render the CuAAC "click" reaction enentioselective. This is En-Chih's first published paper.

Employment for bachelor-level chemists

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Come and hear what our alumni have to say from 1:30-3 p.m. Tuesday, April 11, 100 Smith Hall. Panel representatives will be from Activated Research Company, Bio Techne Lab, Ecolab, Phillips Medsize, and more to be announced. Panel master of ceremonies is Michael Getter of Aerotek. A Meet & Greet will follow.

Graduate Student Research Symposium set for June 4

The 18th annual Chemistry Graduate Student Symposium will be conducted, Tuesday, June 4, at the Herbert M Hanson Jr. Hall (Hanson Hall), 1925 4th St S, Minneapolis 55455 (West Bank). Registration and abstract submission is available. For participants, the deadline for abstract submission is Friday, April 12.

MSI Research Exhibition, April 16

The Minnesota Supercomputer Institute will hold its annual Research Exhibition from Noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, 1st, 4th, and 5th floors of Walter Library. For a schedule of events, go to https://www.msi.umn.edu/events/msi-research-exhibition-2019.

Quiz Bowl registration deadline, Wednesday, April 3

The Science Quiz Bowl is scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday, April 7, Walter Library; however teams need to register by Wednesday, April 3, and is limited to 32 teams. For information and too register, go to z.umn.edu/SQB.

College of Science & Engineering Curiosity Drives Progress Lecture Series

Sustainability and the Environment, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, Coffman Memorial Union Theater. Hear Ted-type talks from Professor Bill Arnold, Professor Paul Dauenhauer, and Professor Crystal Ng. Free and open to the public. Information and Registration: https://cse.umn.edu/college/cse-public-lecture.

Chemistry graduation receptions

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Credit: Stephanie Stathopoulos


You're invited to our reception for all chemistry major graduates (prior to the CSE commencement)
Friday, May 10
100 Smith Hall

4:45-5 p.m. buffet reception
5-5:30 p.m. recognition reception for scholarship recipients and graduates
5:45 p.m. group photo on the front steps of Smith Hall (please wear your commencement gown and hat)

College of Science & Engineering
Arts, Sciences and Engineering Commencement Ceremony
7-9 p.m. Friday, May 10
Mariucci Arena
University of Minnesota
1901 Fourth St. S.E., Minneapolis
Questions: Susan Kubitschek, (612) 624-8010, kubit001@umn.edu

College of Liberal Arts
11 a.m. Sunday, May 19
Mariucci Arena
Questions: CLA Student Information Office, (612) 625-2020, commence@umn.ed

Graduate Students

10 a.m.-11 a.m. Friday, May 3
Chemistry Commencement Reception
Walter Library, Arthur Upson Room 102
10 a.m.-11 a.m.

Arts, Sciences and Engineering Graduate Commencement
Noon Friday, May 3
Mariucci Arena
1901 Southeast 4th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55455
No tickets necessary
Graduates may invite any number of guests to the ceremony.
Arena seating is on a first-come basis.

Finance & Payroll: Traveling for ACS

The spring ACS meeting will soon take place, and past meetings have revealed several areas of struggle for travelers. Please remember that the Finance Office is here to help.
Travelers are responsible for knowing, and complying with, University and sponsor travel policies.  Non-compliance can affect your reimbursement.

  • All first-time travelers should ask for assistance from the Finance Office before travel.
  • Include the title of your poster or talk when requesting reimbursement for travel expenses.
  • Review per diem rates for meals and lodging before travel. 
  • If exceeding the per diem for lodging, ensure that you are receiving a reduced conference rate from the hotel, not merely staying at a hotel listed on a conference website. 
  • If extending travel for personal reasons, you must include documentation of a comparison airfare. Please talk to the finance office staff, if this affects you.

Safety note: Fume hood alarms

Ask your group how they handle fume hood alarms. Do they just silence them and keep working? You're not protected unless the hood is set up properly and functioning. https://z.umn.edu/fumehoodguide


  • University of Wisconsin, La Crosse: associate lecturer, chemistry
  • University of Arizona: post-doctoral position
  • St. Olaf: three full-time, one-year positions ExtraktLAB: research and development engineer/scientist 
  • Sandia National Laboratories: post-doctoral position in computational heterogeneous catalysis
  • Eastern Tech Company: polymer chemist, material scientist lead
  • University of Manitoba: instructor, Department of Chemistry. Deadline, Monday, April 15, 2019

Information about these and other employment/research opportunities is available in the white jobs book located in 139 Smith Hall.


    • Communications
    • 137 Smith Hall, 207 Pleasant St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455
    • Eileen Harvala, Communications Coordinator
    • harva015@umn.edu
    • (612) 624-0831