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.
Class of 2021 Treated to a Performance of 'Marvelous Molecules in Play'
April 12, 2017
On Thursday, April 6, 2017, admitted members of the MIT undergraduate class of 2021 were invited to experience a thrilling hour of chemistry magic presented by John Dolhun PhD ’72, Instructor in the Department of Chemistry Undergraduate Labs.
Dr. Dolhun, assisted by senior Chemistry student Heejo Keum, gave a spectacular demonstration, and engaged the group of future freshmen with visually dazzling experiments, including magical polymers, flaming vapors, chemiluminescence, the trial of a gummy bear, and other celebrations of chemical reactions. Over the course of the hour, seven audience members enthusiastically voluteered to participate in the experiments.
Volunteer Stephanie helps facilitate a superabsorbent polymer demonstration.
This edition of Marvelous Molecules in Play was part of Campus Preview Weekend, an annual event that welcomes admintted students to spend 3.14159 days immersed in MIT culture and help to transform the idea of attending MIT into a tangible experience. An action packed event designed to provide a first-hand glimpse into how students live and learn at MIT, Campus Preview Weeekend includes over 650 events to choose from in order to customize the experience. In addition, pre-freshmen have the opportunity to experience MIT's classes, labs, groups and residence halls, meet current students and faculty members, mingle with fellow members of the class of 2021, and dive headfirst into MIT's vibrant and dynamic community.