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.
On Friday, June 8, 2018, the annual Commencement Exercises were held at Killian Court. 2,800 students received their degrees at the ceremony, presided over by President L. Rafael Reif and special guest speaker, Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg. On a beautiful sunny day, 63 students from the Department of Chemistry were among the approximately 999 undergraduates and 1,821 graduate students awarded their degrees.
In her Commencement Address to the graduates, their families, and all present at the ceremony, Sandberg urged the Class of 2018 to use their influence to make sure technology is a force for good in the world. "Technology needs a human heartbeat; the things that bring us together and that bring us joy are the things that matter most," she stated in her concluding remarks.
Following the ceremony, the newly graduated Chemistry Class of 2018 and their guests were welcomed to a reception in the lobby of Building 18. There, they gathered for an array of calzones, salads, desserts, tea, and lemonade and celebrated their newly-established alumni status.
The Department is immensely proud of the graduates, and all they have accomplished during their time as members of the MIT Department of Chemistry.