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UMSL Chemist is our annual magazine of departmental and alumni news. The Spring 2021 edition is available electronically by clicking here. This will be mailed to all alumni, friends and donors but that will be an electronic version only.  If you have news of Chemistry Department Alumni or just want to get in touch, email the editor, Professor Lol Barton.

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Rajiv M. Banavali, PhD 1984, will be honored by receipt of a Distinguished Alumni Award by the UMSL Alumni Association, at the Virtual Founders' Dinner via zoom on October 7.   More details will follow.

 THE DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI LECTURER has been selected Dr. Eric A. Bruton, BS 1997,  PhD 2003 presented the lecture via zoom on Monday May 3, details are found hereEric is a Scientist in Boeing’s Chemical Technology Group in Boeing Research and Technology.


We are delighted to announce that the 23rd Annual Robert W. Murray Lecture will be presented by Dr. Omar M. Yaghi, James and Neeltje Tretter Professor of Chemistry and Co-Director of the Kavli Energy NanoSciences Institute at the University of California- Berkeley, on Monday October 18, 2021.  This will likely be delayed again due to Covid-19 travel restrictions.  Details will follow.

Successful event honoring the 50th anniversary of the third graduating class was held over the weekend May 18-19, 2019.

The third UMSL graduating class was 1968-69.  The year 2019 is the 50th anniversary of that class which included 29 chemistry graduates. The Chemistry Alumni Council held an Alumni Reunion as a celebration over the weekend of May 18-19, 2019 and invited all graduates to attend but especially those who graduated from 1967 through 1970.
Of the approximately 40 1969 graduates in attendance, five chemistry graduates attended all or part of the celebrations. They included Joe Bono, Mario Deprimo, Tim Miller, Doug Nuelle and Les Tucker. The weekend began with a check-in and mingle followed by a campus bus-tour. Then the group heard a presentation by Chancellor Emerita Touhill titled UMSL: The Early Years. The evening Golden Alumni Reception for alumni from 1967, 1968 and 1969 was held in the Millennium Center from 5:00 – 8:00 pm. All five 1969 chemistry alums were there along with Mike Finkes, BS 1973, MS 1978, Ray Novak, BS 1968, and Harold Messler BS 1970.
On the Saturday morning, following breakfast the 1969 graduates were robed and participated in the Commencement Ceremony. Following the latter, the 1969 graduates participated in the Golden Grad Luncheon, in the Touhill Performing Arts Center, Lee Theater, and the 2019 chemistry and biochemistry graduates and their families enjoyed a more informal luncheon with some faculty and alums in the Whittaker Room also in the Touhill. About 85 attended this luncheon.  This latter, organized by the Chemistry Alumni Council and the Alumni Association was followed by a reception in the Solarium of the Science complex where both 1969 and 2019 chemistry graduates were honored.  Click here for photos - where one can see department photos from all the Chemistry Alumni Council events.

UMSL Distinguished Alumni Awards to Chemists

Distinguished Alumni Lecturers
A former student from the Department of Chemistry at UMSL 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.