We are delighted to announce that the 23rd Annual Robert W. Murray Lecture was to 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 April 20, 2020.  Due to the pandemic, it had to be shcheduled and we are hopeful it will occur in fall 2021.

 Dr. Eric A. Bruton, BS 1997,  PhD 2003 presented the lecture "Flexibility and Always Learning: A Chemist's Tale" via zoom on Monday May 3, details are found here.  Eric is a Scientist in Boeing’s Chemical Technology Group in Boeing Research and Technology.


Steven A. Kolodziej, BA 1987, PhD 1992 was honored by receipt of a Distinguished Alumni Award by the UMSL Alumni Association, at the Virtual Founders' Dinner via zoom on Oct. 29, 2020.  Steve is an Associate Research Fellow at Pfizer, Inc., in St. Louis.

The Successful events honoring the 50th anniversary of the first graduating classes continues.

The first two UMSL graduating classes were 1966-67 and 1967-68.  the campus and ther department celebrated these two landmarks and some details are given in the sections "About Us"/Photos/Photos of Alumni Events. This continues and the class of 1969 was honored over the weekend of May 18 - 19, 2019. 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.