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Issue 5 |  FY2019


Greetings From the Chair

Welcome to the 2019 issue of the Department of Chemistry’s newsletter, where we provide you a small snapshot of our activities for the past year. Read More»

Alumni Award Celebration


This past year, we honored four chemistry alumni by presenting them with the Department of Chemistry Distinguished Alumni Award.  Their accomplishments and contributions are a testament to their talents, and to the education and training that they have received at the University of Pittsburgh. Read more»


Faculty Awards & Honors

An important metric of our growing research impact is our faculty awards and honors. View a list of the awards, honors, and achievements from our faculty members in research, teaching, and service. Read more»

Professor Jennifer Laaser

CAREER Award: Professor Jennifer Laaser

Professor Jennifer Laaser was named the recipient of the CAREER award from the Polymers program at the National Science Foundation. Read More»


Faculty Highlight: Dr. Alexander Star

The current focus of Sensor Technology Advanced Research (STAR) laboratory is the development of chemical sensing applications of carbon nanomaterials and composites. Read More»


Teaching Highlight: POGIL

Professor Sean Garret-Roe talks about the Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning approach being applied to General Chemistry. Read More»

Taylor Courtney

Graduate Student Highlight

Taylor Courtney, a PhD candidate under the mentorship of Professor Alexander Deiters, is focusing on the development and application of optically controlled chemical tools to study protein function. Read more»

Conrad W. Stoy

Undergraduate Student Highlight

Conrad Stoy graduated with a Bioscience Option Degree and both University and Departmental Honors. As a student, he carried out undergraduate research under the direction of Dr. Kabirul Islam and taught in our Organic Laboratory Program with Dr. Ericka Huston. Read more»

New Faces in Chemistry

This year we welcome four Lab Instructors and two new Faculty Support Administrators to the department.

Professors Powell, Morgan, Gombos, & Vines

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Amber Travis & Kelsey Muchnok

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Memory Tree

In Memoriam >

This year, we honor the following Chemistry faculty and staff.

Periodic Table

Honor Roll >

A warm thank you to those who made donations.

Chemistry Lab

Giving >

We are always thankful to those that assist us in achieving our goals by giving back to the department.


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Where Are They Now >

Career highlights from Chemistry alumni.

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