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Thursday, August 27th, 2015! The Chemistry department will once again provide a research mini-symposium from 4:30-5:45 in Foster Hall room 233. Come hear many professors and upperclassmen talk about the research groups in the chemistry department. This is your first step in getting involved in research at TTU! While in the symposium, faculty and upperclassmen will be grilling outside in preparation for the Welcome New and Returning Students Picnic to be held in front of Foster Hall immediately following the symposium! After the picnic, many students will walk over to the Football stadium to watch Tech take on Kentucky Christian University.

Saturday, September 5th, 2015! TTU Chemistry clubs will once again sponsor an activities booth at Fall Fun Fest on the Cookeville Square. Be sure to go to ACS or ASBMB meetings to find out how you can get involved with this fun activity! Watch the hallways for club meeting announcements!

Saturday, October 3th, 2015! Join us for our annual chemistry demonstrations show (including the making of liquid nitrogen ice cream) during Parent & Family Weekend this year! The activities in Foster Hall Room 233 begin at 11:00 on Saturday, October 4th! For other Parent & Family Weekend activities, visit this site!

Saturday, October 25th, 2014! The "Golden Helix 5K" will start with a boom at 10AM again in Fall 2014!. Keep watch here so you can find out how you can join us for the 3.1 mile walk/run on a crisp October Saturday. The clubs are looking for door prizes (food coupons, goodies, etc.). If you'd like to donate prizes, drop them off at the chemistry department! For details, visit

November 8th, 2014 is Homecoming Weekend! Watch Tech Times and here for announcements or check out On Saturday, November 8th, beginning at 10:30 a.m., the chemistry department will be under "the big tent" adjacent to the football stadium at what is referred to as "Tailgate Park". Alumni, students, friends and their families are invited to stop by as there will be activities for all ages. Stay and enjoy the game between Tech and SEMO beginning at 1:30 p.m. Afterwards, join us back at Foster Hall in Room 406 for a variety of chili dishes and desserts. While in Foster Hall, feel free to tour the department.

Watch this page for upcoming announcements concerning Fall 2014 Student Research Grants! The Student Research Grants Committee of the Chemistry Department at Tennessee Tech University will be soliciting student proposals for funding for the 2014-2015 academic year and summer 2015.

News Items

Kelsey Richards Receives ACS Award-- Kelsey has been chosen as one of 16 students across the nation to receive the 2015 Student Leadership Award from the American Chemical Society (ACS).

Dr. Dan Swartling appointed to National American Chemical Society Board - Dr. Dan Swartling has been appointed to the American Chemical Society Undergraduate Programs Advisory Board for a three-year term. This board serves as a consultative and advisory body to the ACS society Committee On Education and the Undergraduate Programs Office regarding activities pertinent to ACS student chapters and student members.

Dr. Shawn Zhan is a new biochemistry faculty member effective August 1, 2014. Dr. Zhan earned his Ph.D from Auburn University and comes to us from a post doc position at Vanderbilt University. He is starting a research program studying signal transduction proteins (structure and function).