The department maintains an outstanding seminar program with invited speakers of international stature, which enables our students to interact with the outside speakers. Among the highlights of this program are the annual R.C. Fuson Lectureship, the biennial Sierra Nevada ACS Distinguished Chemist Lectureship, the biennial Distinguished Physical Chemist Lectureship, and the annual Chemistry Graduate Student Association Lectureship, all of which have featured Nobel Laureates.
Additionally, our students are provided the opportunity to travel regularly to national and international meetings to present their research findings.
Recognizing the importance of oral communication in the sciences, the department requires all graduate students to present at least two departmental seminars. The first of these is given in the third semester of residence and is based on a topic taken from the chemical literature. The second seminar, usually given no later than the third year of residence, is a final thesis seminar for M.S. candidates and a “research progress report” for Ph.D. candidates. Ph.D. students also often present a dissertation seminar immediately prior to their oral defense.