Professor Renee Frontiera

Professor Frontiera named a 2019 Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar

Professor Renee Frontiera is one of 13 professors nationwide selected as a 2019 Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar by the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation. She was honored for her leadership in research and dedication to education in the chemical sciences.

Professor Gagliardi awarded McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair

Professor Laura Gagliardi has been awarded a prestigious McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair by University President Eric Kaler. This is one of the University's highest faculty awards. The Presidential Endowed Chair acknowledges the critical contributions of important University faculty who have distinguished themselves and their departments in the missions of research, education, and public engagement.

Professor Philippe Buhlmann is passionate about addressing issues of stress and mental health for graduate students.
Professor Philippe Buhlmann is passionate about addressing issues of stress and mental health for graduate students.

Department proactively focuses on mental health

For the past seven years, the Department of Chemistry has been working on the reducing stress and the mental health of its graduate students. At a recent department-wide Strengthening Climate event, students, post-doctoral researchers, faculty, and staff members heard about the strides being made to help everyone in the department with stress and mental health concerns for themselves or others. The workshop focused on how to help someone in distress, how to find and refer to appropriate resources, and how to create a climate that reduces unnecessary stress and struggles.

Upcoming Events

Undergraduate reception & commencements

Photo of chemistry major graduates on front steps of Smith Hall

Reception & Scholarships & Awards
You're invited to our reception for all chemistry major graduates
Friday, May 10, 2019
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,

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

Chemistry Seminar

Student Seminar Series, 9:45 a.m. Thursday, May 16, 331 Smith Hall: Professor John F. Hartwig from the Division of Chemical Sciences & Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories, University of California, Berkeley, Selective, Catalytic Functionalization of C-H Bonds with Small and Large Catalysts 

Coffee Hour, Friday, May 17

The Community of Chemistry Graduate Students is hosting a coffee hour from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday, May 17, 193 Kolthoff Hall. Coffee/tea and cookies will be provided. Everyone in the department is welcome to attend. 

CBITG Symposium: Abstract deadline, Friday, May 17

Poster for the 2019 CBITG symposium

The 14th annual National Institutes of Health Chemistry-Biology Interface Training Grant Symposium will be conducted from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 22, John T. Tate Hall of Physics, 116 Church St SE, Minneapolis. Students, post-doctoral researchers, and faculty are invited to register at by Friday, May 17. Admittance is free to this student-organized symposium, and includes breakfast, lunch, a poster session, and the opportunity to hear about exciting research at the interface of chemistry and biology.

Graduate Student Research Symposium: Register by Monday, May 20

The deadline for registration for the June 4 Graduate Student Research Symposium is, Monday, May 20. Please register and specify your lunch preferences. Faculty members are pre-registered, so if unable to attend need to delete their registration. Faculty who want to register summer researchers can do so by sending those names to Mollie Dunlap at Information about the symposium and a link to register is available on the Graduate Student Research Symposium web page. A two-page program is available as well as the complete program and abstract booklet.


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