Introducing: Chemistry Conversations talk series

Free Radicals and Phi Lambda Upsilon are excited to introduce our new monthly talk and conversations series, Chemistry Conversations! Very often, undergraduate students have very little chance to mingle with faculty; generally, the majority of interactions they’ll have is in the context of a class, which leaves little room to talk about, well, anything other the class content. At the same time, faculty talks and seminars often center on highly technical chemistry topics. While they’re wonderful, they are also difficult for many undergrads to engage in fully.

That’s a gap we hope to fill with Chemistry Conversations. Each month, we provide a casual, no-stress environment—with coffee and snacks!—for students to engage in a two-way exchange of ideas with a UW faculty member in chemistry or biochemistry. In addition, we hope to hand off organization of these conversation series to Phi Lambda Upsilon members to organize in the future, giving them an even greater opportunity to connect with the professors that they invite.

For our very first installment in November, we had Professor AJ Boydston give a very informative talk about the life of a chemistry professor, and pathways to that career, and he did a wonderful job conveying this career path and how he found himself in it to our eager attendees. Many thanks, Professor Boydston!

For December, we have another installment of Chemistry Conversations lined up, “From Bench to Article ASAP”. Professor Anne McCoy, who moved to the UW from Ohio State University just this year, will be leading a conversation about how science moves from experimental results to a published paper and about careers in theoretical chemistry. Professor McCoy is the Deputy Editor of the Journal of Physical Chemistry A, and so we are exceptionally lucky to have her revealing the inside workings of the publishing process!

This conversation will be on Tuesday, December 8 at 5:00 pm in CHB 102. RSVP at the Facebook event here; see you then!

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Upcoming Events: First meeting & graduate student panel!

We have not one but TWO exciting events for you coming up soon!

First is our first general meeting of the school year, on Monday, October 19 at 5:30 pm in CHB 102. Come to learn about Free Radicals & Phi Lambda Upsilon if you’re new to us, and decorate cookies with some fun chemistry & biochemistry designs. (And yes, you can eat them afterwards!) RSVP at the Facebook event [here].

Second is a graduate student panel, co-hosted by FR/PLU and Women in Chemical Sciences! That will be exactly one day later, on Tuesday, October 20 at 5:30 pm in CHB 102. Professors Robert Synovec, chair of the UW Department of Chemistry Graduate Admissions Committee, and Brandi Cossairt, also on the Graduate Admissions Committee, will be talking about the process of applying to graduate school and the “do’s and don’ts” for your graduate school application. There will also be a panel of graduate students here to answer any questions you might have about the admissions process or grad school itself. RSVP at the Facebook event [here]!

Hope to see you all at both of these events!



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The Chemistry Laboratory (Dawg Daze)

Hello Radicals, and welcome to the new 2015-2016 school year! We hope you’re as excited for all the chemistry that the next year holds as we are.

Our first event of the year is coming up soon, on Monday, September 28 from 12 to 2 pm on the Chemistry Building back patio. We’re bringing you a chance to see the fun side of chemistry, with some breathtaking demos—including liquid nitrogen ice cream (instant deliciousness!), elephant toothpaste (explosions!), blue bottle (color changes!), and so much more.

Free food will be provided (away from the chemicals, of course).

RSVP at the Facebook event here. See you there!

*The location of this event is subject to change based on weather; follow this page or our Facebook event for updates!


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Research Symposium Prep: How To Present Science

Hey Radicals!

We hope your quarter has been going well so far! As the first round of midterms begins to come to a close, we want to draw your attention to our second general meeting of the quarter.

Our second meeting will be on Tuesday, April 28 in CHB 102, from 5~7 pm. With UW’s 18th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium quickly approaching, we wanted to help people prepare for their presentations. As such, this meeting will primarily be a period to allow people to practice their poster or oral presentations, and receive peer feedback on how to improve. In addition, we will also give a brief overview on how to present science at the beginning of the meeting. There will also be free pizza at the meeting as well!

As a reminder: Phi Lambda Upsilon members are expected to attend meetings regularly in order to remain in good standing. In addition, we highly encourage freshmen and sophomores to attend as well, even if you have no research experience; this is a great opportunity to see examples of research presentations and see how they are structured.

If you are interested in practicing your presentation, please send us an email and we will make sure you will have time to practice! In addition, please click here and RSVP to the Facebook event page regardless of whether or not you would like to practice so we know how much food to get.

We hope to see you on Tuesday!

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Updates on PLU Membership

Hello everyone,

Thank you for your interest in PLU membership! The UW is one of the earliest chapters of PLU, so we’re happy that we can continue to preserve this legacy, and that you will be part of it! We’re the Epsilon chapter (5th chapter), and this society has been at UW since 1910!To let you all know, we have a new Catalyst application for membership, and we would like to direct your attention to it in case you filled out an outdated or closed survey. You can find it, along with our membership requirements, in the How to Join page of our website, or right here:

Have a wonderful day!


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Happy Halloween!

Hello everyone!

Hope all your midterms are going well, and that you’re surviving midterm season with good cheer! To help with that, FR and PLU will be hosting a Halloween Social this coming Tuesday, October 28th, in CHB 102 from 6-7:00 pm! Come prepared to eat tasty pumpkin shaped cookies, play chemistry-related puzzles, and listen to a great talk by our faculty speaker Dr. Cossairt! Please RSVP at

Thanks, and we hope to see you all there!

-Your friendly neighborhood FR/PLU Officers

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