Chemistry Day


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About Chem Day

About Chemistry Day




Chemistry Day

Chemistry Day is hosted by the University of Nebraska Department of Chemistry and is a FREE day filled with science demos, chemistry lab tours, hands-on science experiments, and a light breakfast and lunch for all participants! Students, parents, and teachers will also have the opportunity to learn more about the Department of Chemistry's undergraduate program, careers in chemistry, and scholarship opportunities!

This event is intended for junior and senior high school age students and parents/teachers.


Chemistry Day aims to:

  • Introduce students to the Nebraska Chemistry's undergraduate programs including clubs, award winning instructors, and scholarship information
  • Increase the number of Nebraska BA and BS Chemistry majors
  • Get students thinking about the relationship between their chemistry degree and their future career
  • Introduce opportunities available, specifically graduate and professional schools
Chemistry Day Schedule

Here's what to expect at Chemistry Day!

8:00-8:30am Registration (Room 227 Chemistry Resource Center)
Let us know you’re here, pick up your personalized schedule, and partake of coffee, juice, and snacks
8:30-9:15am Welcome (Room 110 Large Classroom)
Welcome by Chemistry Chair Jody Redepenning
Experimental Demonstrations by Jason Kautz and team
Program Overview by Mark Griep: BS & BA Chemistry Program Requirements, Independent Research, Scholarship Program, Careers and your degree(s)
9:15-10:15am Tours of Research Labs (Start in the entrance foyer)
Everyone will visit three professors’ labs for a 15-minute presentation about the research taking place in the lab. There will be 5 minutes to walk from one lab to the next. There will be about ten guests per group and about ten faculty offering presentations. Guides will lead tours starting in the foyer.
10:15-11:45am Outer Space and the Undergraduate Experience
Three groups will be formed, each of which will visit three stations for 25 minutes each.
  • Station A is a visit with the Chemistry Club in the newly renovated Undergraduate Lounge.
  • Station B is Spectrometry of the gases from outer space
  • Station C is Alien biochemistry in the movies, by Mark Griep
11:45-1:15 pm Students: Lunch, T-Shirt Chromatography, and the new Mass Spectrometer
Three groups will be formed, each of which will visit three stations for 25 minutes each.
  • Station A is the recently installed Mass Spectrometer, Room ??
  • Station B is a free lunch catered by Valentino's Pizza in the Chemistry Resource Center
  • Station C is T-Shirt Chromatography in Rooms 203 and 205, where you will receive a free T-shirt to decorate.
11:45-1:15 pm Parents and Teachers: Teacher's Roundtable (Room 130 Medium Classroom)
Bring your lunch to room 130 where you'll learn lively and unique demonstrations that you can do at home or at your high school. A handout will tell you how to do them.
1:15-1:45 pm Quiz Bowl (Room 110)
Compete for prizes while impressing strangers! Organized by Stephen Morin
1:45-2:00 pm Wrap-Up: Scholarships, Prizes & Answers (Room 110)
Find out who won the Chemistry Department Scholarships and other prizes at this session. There will also be an opportunity to answer any remaining questions.
Chemistry Day Scholarships

High School Seniors can register to win scholarships ranging from $500 – $1,500.*
 To be eligible students must:

  • Have an overall GPA of B+ or better
  • Have completed a high school chemistry course

To apply for a Chemistry Day Scholarship, hand in a copy of your high school transcripts and a brief letter of recommendation (no more than 500 words) from a teacher, principal or other party familiar with your chemistry abilities at the Chemistry Day registration desk. Winners will be announced at the end of the day!

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*Students who win are required to enroll at the University of Nebraska as a Chemistry Major if they wish to receive their scholarship.

Nominate an Outstanding Nebraska High School Teacher for Recognition at Chemistry Day

The Nebraska Chemistry Department would like to recognize an Outstanding Nebraska High School Chemistry Teacher in conjunction with its 2018 Chemistry Day Program (October 27, 2018).

Nominees will be provided with the application materials for the Nebraska Chemistry Department's 2018 Outstanding Nebraska High School Chemistry Teacher Award. Completed applications will be due shortly after the start of 2018-19 school year. The names of nominators will be kept confidential.


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The University of Nebraska Department of Chemistry would like to extend their gratitude to the Carl A. Donaldson Fund in Chemistry for their continued support of Chemistry Day!