Alumni Events

Did you graduate from the University of Illinois Chemistry Department? Learn about events held for alumni.


There is a department conference for researchers working in chemical biology, broadly defined, Chemical Biology Area Research Conference. There are two department conference/symposium events for organic chemistry graduate students: The Beak-Pines Organic Area Allerton Conference is an annual event, and the Balthazor-Senter Symposium on Frontiers in Organic Chemistry is a biennial fall symposium. And there is an annual conference for inorganic and materials chemistry graduate students, The Changwoo Park-Walter Klemperer Inorganic and Materials Chemistry Allerton Conference.


Are you graduating from the chemistry department soon? Find out details about the upcoming convocation as well as previous ceremonies.

Holiday Magic Show

Our popular Holiday Magic chemistry demonstration show takes place every December. Produced by chemistry teaching faculty and students, this family-friendly, free event demonstrates chemistry principles in a fun and approachable way.


The department of chemistry hosts many guest lecture series, several of them annually. These lectures cover all areas of chemistry including: inorganic, physical, organic, chemical biology, and analytical chemistry. Also included in the lecture series are lectures that cover specific areas such as influential female chemists, chemical engineering, atmospheric sciences and chemistry, and biochemistry.


The Department of Chemistry at the University of Illinois hosts many different seminars throughout the year that cover topics in all six primary research areas of chemistry: analytical, organic, inorganic, materials, chemical biology, and physical chemistry. If you are an incoming or current student who would like to work with a specific faculty, you can also learn about upcoming faculty presentations that will highlight their research.