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April 26, 2018

Dissertation Defense – Mike Spinner, May 4th

Photo: Mike SpinnerGood luck to Mike Spinner as he defends his thesis for his PhD in Chemistry!

Friday, May 4, 2018
2:00 PM in 110 Willamette

The title of his defense is “Identifying and characterizing novel mechanisms in the establishment and maintenance of synapses in Drosophila”

April 25, 2018

Physical Chemistry Seminar – David Limmer, April 30th

April 18, 2018

James Prell Selected for ASMS Research Award

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UO Chemistry and Biochemistry faculty James Prell has been chosen for a 2018 American Society for Mass Spectrometry Research Award. The $35,000 awards are presented annually to promote academic research by young scientists in mass spectrometry. (more…)

April 16, 2018

Announcing Three Undergraduate Scholarships – Apply by May 7, 2018

Photo: students in chemsitry  labThe UO Chemistry and Biochemistry Department is happy to announce the availability of three departmental undergraduate scholarships for our majors. The submission deadline for all departmental undergraduate scholarships is Monday, May 7, 2018. Scholarship awards will be announced at the end of May.

Scholarship Descriptions

The Faith Van Nice and Kuntz-Swinehart scholarships recognize outstanding academic and research achievements by undergraduate chemistry and biochemistry majors.  One application is used for both of these awards. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 on a scale of 4.0 (or similar grade assessment). Funds will be made available in September 2018 for the 2018-2019 UO academic year. Please bring your application materials to the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department office in room 91 Klamath Hall in a sealed envelope addressed to Scholarships c/o Leah O’Brien, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Oregon. The application for the Faith Van Nice and Kuntz-Swinehart scholarships is available here.

New for 2018! The P-Chem Undergraduate Fellowship provides funding for students to conduct research during the summer in a physical chemistry lab at the University of Oregon, under the mentorship of a physical chemistry faculty member. The fellowship is open to undergraduate students at the University of Oregon and from other undergraduate institutions that meet the following eligibility criteria: minimum 3.0 GPA; U.S. citizen; must be returning to the UO or home institution the term after the fellowship; may not be paid to conduct research through other internal UO research support programs during the same fellowship period. Apply online at


If you have questions regarding the application process, please contact Leah O’Brien, by phone (541) 346-4839 or by email at  The Department’s office hours are 8:00 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm, Monday to Friday.

Alum Brian Gu appointed VC and President of XPENG Motors

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Dr. Brian Gu, XPENG Motors vice chairman and president (PRNewsfoto/XPENG Motors)

XPENG Motors, a leading Chinese electric vehicle company, recently announced that Dr. Brian Gu has been appointed as Vice Chairman and President.

Dr. Gu graduated from the University of Oregon in 1993 with a degree in Chemistry.

Read moreabout Dr. Gu’s career in the 4-Traders article.


April 13, 2018

Three Chemistry Graduate Students Selected for Fellowship Awards

UO Dissertation Research Fellowship:

Forrest Laskowski, Boettcher Lab

2018 NSF Graduate Research Fellowships:

Ruth Maust, Jasti Lab

Trevor Shear, Darren Johnson Lab (more…)

April 12, 2018

Organic/Inorganic Seminar – Mark Allendorf, April 13th

April 11, 2018

Physical Chemistry Seminar – Ignacio Franco, April 16th

April 6, 2018

Perfect Chemistry in the Oregon Quarterly

UOWGS Members - Photograph by Charlie Litchfield, University Communications

UO Women in Graduate Sciences (WGS) was established in 2005 by Chemistry graduate student Sarah Staggs Wisser, who worked in the Darren Johnson lab. With a current membership of 150, WGS at Oregon is one of the largest graduate student women’s groups in the country. The success of WGS is so uncommon, other university student groups nationwide are seeking directions about how to start and maintain a student women’s science organization of their own.

Read more in the Oregon Quarterly article.

April 5, 2018

O/I Chemistry Rotation Talks – April 5th & 6th

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