Chemistry is truly the central science and underpins much of the efforts of scientists and engineers to improve life for humankind. TheMIT Department of Chemistryis taking a leading role in discovering new chemical synthesis, catalysis, creating sustainable energy, theoretical and experimental understanding of chemistry, improving the environment, detecting and curing disease, developing materials new properties, and nanoscience.
The Chemistry Education Office staff is responsible for administering the educational programs in the Department of Chemistry. Students can find answers to many questions about the undergraduate and graduate programs on the department website, and they are encouraged to stop by and see the staff in the office located in 6-205.
The student-run outreach programs in the Department of Chemistry aim to bring the excitement of chemical sciences to the community through lively demonstrations designed to illustrate a broad range of chemical principles. Graduate students visit science classes in high schools and middle schools in the Greater Boston area with a view to demystifying chemistry through hands-on experiments. ClubChem, an undergraduate chemistry organization, conducts Chemistry Magic Shows for elementary schools and youth programs in the Greater Boston area.
Chemistry is truly the central science and underpins much of the efforts of scientists and engineers to improve life for humankind. MIT Chemistry is taking a leading role in discovering new chemical synthesis, catalysis, creating sustainable energy, theoretical and experimental understanding of chemistry at its most fundamental level, unraveling the biochemical complexities of natural systems, improving the environment, detecting and curing disease, developing materials new properties, and nanoscience.
38 PhD Candidates Receive Doctoral Hoods at the 2018 Hooding Ceremony
June 13, 2018
On Thursday, June 7, 2018, the Department of Chemistry presented 38 PhD candidates with their doctoral hoods at the Investiture of Doctoral Hoods, an event held each year, the day before Commencement exercises. The 2018 ceremony featured Candis Callison SM ’02 PhD ’10, a scholar at the University of British Columbia and an award-winning journalist, as its guest speaker. The tradition of inviting an alumni guest speaker to the Investiture of Doctoral Hoods began in 2015, and engages MIT faculty and doctoral students in the selection process.
In her keynote speech at the ceremony, Callison called upon the doctoral graduates to better the world in which they live. “The contributions you can make with your PhD can amplify some kinds of data, collaborations, problems, and solutions over others,” said Callison. “Should you choose, your work and your research can shift society toward better systems and processes, which make the world a more just, more fair place for all of us to live in.”
Following the ceremony, a reception was held in the lobby of Building 18 for the doctoral candidates and their families. Guests gathered in the sunny June weather and enjoyed an array of tea sandwiches, decadent desserts, hors d'oeurves, and refreshing iced beverages.
The Department is immensely proud of the commendable efforts and achievements of its PhD recipients, and all were happy to celebrate their accomplishments.