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Seminar Series

Leading chemistry and biochemistry researchers present their new discoveries in an hour-long seminar. These events are free to the public. Students from all disciplines are highly recommended to attend and participate.  

Spring 2024 Seminar Series
Mondays, 5:30-6:20PM PST
Zoom Meeting ID: 854 7212 1986
Date Seminar Website
February 5

Dr. Bercem Dutagaci, UC Merced

"Computational studies of the structure, dynamics and function of RNA polymerase II"

Dutagaci Lab
February 19

Dr. Jeffrey Raker, University of South Florida

"Making Sense of Mechanisms: Studies on Learning Organic Chemistry"

Raker Research Group
March 4

Dr. Elias Picazo, University of Southern California

New Reactivity to Solve Chemical Challenges

Synthetic challenges inspire the development of new reactivity. Our group is focused on discovering new reactions that can be applied to solve long-standing chemical problems. In 2 short years, our philosophy has resulted in a new platform of iron catalysis and on the discovery of a new aromaticity-breaking rearrangement. These contributions have been applied in cross-electrophile coupling reactions and on the synthesis of new materials. In this talk, we will discuss the approach, optimization details, and synthetic applications.

Picazo Lab
March  25 Dr. Ozcan Gulacar, University of California Davis Dept. of Chemistry
April 15 Dr. Carlos D. Garcia, Clemson University Microanalytical Chemistry Lab
April 29 Dr. Anand Bala Subramaniam, University of California Merced Subramaniam Lab

Student Research Showcase

Hosted in May, prior to Commencement, the Research Poster Showcase and Award Recognition Ceremony is an opportunity for the Chemistry & Biochemistry students showcase their research and celebrate the accomplishments of our graduating seniors.


Southern California Conferences for Undergraduate Research (SCCUR) is an organization of Southern California faculty, administrators, and interested members of the community who share the common goal of improving education for college and university students through hands-on experiences of undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activity. SCCUR’s cornerstone program is a one-day conference held each November on the campus of a college or university in Southern California. Its purpose is to provide a forum for the presentation and discussion of the best research, scholarship, and creative work of undergraduates in the region, and thus to encourage excellence in undergraduate achievement.

 Super Stem Saturday

Get involved and volunteer at one of our booths!  Super STEM Saturday is held the second Saturday in the month of March and is part of the San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering.  This event is free and open to the public.