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.
Chemistry Undergrad Sara Volz Named One of 25 Stars Under 25 by Improper Bostonian
August 11, 2016
Chemistry Senior Sara Volz was recently featured in the Improper Bostonian's 25 Stars Under 25, an article that served to profile "the city [of Boston's] next generation of all-stars". As part of Improper Bostonian's 25th anniversary celebration, the publication "opted to look forward, not backward, and spotlight 25 local talents age 25 and under, from homegrown hotshots to overachievers lured by our stellar schools and sports teams."
From the Improper Bostonian:
Plenty of teenagers make use of the space underneath their mattresses—usually to stash away a week’s worth of dirty laundry. But that’s where Sara Volz built a laboratory to study algae as a sustainable fuel source. That homegrown project led to her winning the Intel Science Talent Search in 2013 and earned her a shoutout from President Obama at the White House Science Fair. “Even now, three years later, I can still barely believe that happened,” she says. Now, the MIT senior is at work on genome engineering technology CRISPR, and this year, in between her usual load of coursework, extracurricular painting and performing with a capella group the Centrifugues, Volz is set on applying to biochemistry and biophysics grad programs. Says the 21-year-old aspiring professor: “Science isn’t boring or the tedious memorizing of facts; it’s the process of trying to figure out the world around us, asking a testable question and finding more questions.”