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Successful event honoring the 50th anniversary of the first graduating class was held on Saturday May 13.

The first UMSL graduating class was 1966-67.  This year, 2017 is the 50th anniversary of that class which included 11 chemistry graduates. The Chemistry Alumni Council held an Alumni Reunion as a celebration in spring 2017 and invited all graduates to attend but especially those who graduated from 1967 through 1970.  The event was held on Saturday May 13 in the spectacular solarium of the new Science Learning Center from 3:00 – 5:00 pm.  Photos may be seen by clicking here where one can see department photos from all the Chemistry Aumni Council events..  .


On Monday April 17, the 20th Annual Robert W. Murray Lecture was presented by Dr. KAREN L. WOOLEY, W. T. Doherty-Welch Chair in Chemistry, University Distinguished Professor at Texas A&M University where she holds appointments in the Departments of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science & Engineering. She also serves as Director of the Laboratory for Synthetic Biologic Interactions.


On Monday May 1, the 30th Annual Distinguished Alumni Lecture will be presented by Dr. DENNIS P. PARAZAK, BS 1982, PhD 1996.  After graduation Dennis spent 10 productive years with Petrolite in St. Louis during which time he completed his MS degree in the evening.  In 1992 he returned to UMSL and completed his PhD degree under the direction of Keith Stine.  He then joined Hewlett-Packard in Corvallis OR and later in San Diego CA where he spent almost 20 years.  Since 2015 he has been with Ricoh Imaging Americas Corporation in Boulder, CO. Look for further details here and on the Chemistry Alumni Linkedin page.

             UM-St. Louis Distinguished Alumni Awards to Chemists

Distinguished Alumni Lecturers
A former student from the Department of Chemistry at UM-St. Louis delivers this annual lecture, which is followed by a reception. This forms part of the regular departmental seminar program and is typically scheduled for the first Monday in May as the final seminar of the academic year. The lecture follows presentation of the Annual Departmental Awards.