As a declared Chemistry Major you must complete 12 seminars prior to your graduation. These seminars show you the breadth of the chemical related enterprise, highlight research and inquiry occurring at universities, private and public companies, government laboratories, research stations and more, and provide opportunities for your peers to communicate their work to you.

The deadline for Spring 2023 submission of seminar attendance forms will be May 16.  There will be attendance cards at each seminar for you to complete. You will turn these in at the end of the seminar to obtain credit; to aid in record keeping we suggest taking photos of your seminar cards before turning them in, in case of conflicting data.

Errors and questions?  Visit the Chemistry Department Office at RNS 336 or email Stacey at

This is non negotiable.  If you do not complete your seminar/webinar count, you will not graduate.  More information can be obtained on the Chemistry Major Moodle page:

Below is a list of upcoming seminars.  This list may be updated as the year progresses.

Date Speaker Institution/Organization Speaker Topic/Specialty Speaker URL
9/16/22 Faculty Poster St. Olaf
9/22/22 Brian Wieliczka ’12 NREL Nanoscience
9/29/22 John Wright UW Madison Physical Chemistry
10/6/22 Nick Pizzala ’20 Purdue University Mass Spectrometry
10/7/22 Sheila David UC Davis Biochemistry
10/20/22 Laura Moore ’18 University of Washington  Oceanography
11/3 or 11/4/22 Jim Thompson UMN Amer Alam Biochemistry, structural Biology of Membrane Transport
11/18/22 Renee Cole University of Iowa Chemistry Education
12/8/22 Amy Saenger HCMC Cardiac Biomarkers
2/10/23 Cassie Joiner St. Olaf Biochemistry
2/16 or 2/17/23 Aaron Massari U of Minnesota Experimental Physical Chemistry
2/24/23 Laura Muehlbauer ’17 Eli Lilly
3/2 or 3/3/23 Christian Graefe ’13 Cargill Materials Science
3/9 or 3/10/23 Michelle Calabrese UMN Materials Science/Chem Engineering
3/17/23 Ryan Backer General Mills
4/27/23 Javier Vela Iowa State University Materials Science/Inorganic
4/20/23 ACDC Webinar
4/21/23 Liz Kaytor (alumni) Fish & Richardson P.C.
Senior Patent Agent
5/2-5/5/23 Honors Day Posters