Congratulations to all of the 2015-2016 CBC students who were honored for earning their bachelors, masters, and doctorate degrees at the May 2016 graduation ceremony! We had a very special CBC Awards Ceremony in the UA Memorial Student Union on Thursday, May 12, with featured commencement speaker Dr. James (Jim) Hazzard who is retiring this year. The grads, parents, faculty, and staff enjoyed a wonderful buffet breakfast, and then later in the day, headed to McKale Center for the evening ceremony celebrating all of the College of Science graduates. Many more stories below in our May issue of the e-Catalyst. Enjoy! 

Professor and Head
Chemistry & Biochemistry


Volume 2, Number 4
May 2016




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Asst. Prof. Elisa Tomat


Assistant Professor Elisa Tomat Receives Excellence in Campus Outreach for STEM Diversity Award



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Prof. Jeffrey Pyun


Jeffrey Pyun receives I-Squared Award for Chemistry and Physical Sciences





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Congratulations to CBC faculty Michael Heien, Megan McEvoy and Jon Njardarson on their recent promotions.  

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New Grant Awards
Doug Loy - Teach Launch Arizona - $10,000
Jeanne Pemberton - NSF - $590,000
Industry Associates Program - 2016
Upcoming Events
Annual CBC Salsa Challenge - August 5, 2016
CBC Departmental Breakfast - August 26, 2016
CBC Departmental Picnic @ Himmel Park - Oct. 21, 2016


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Reunion Registration is Now Open!

All former & current Chemistry and Biochemistry students, faculty, staff and friends are invited to attend the upcoming reunion celebrating 125 years of excellence in the chemical sciences at the University of Arizona. Take advantage of the earlybird registration rate and save! Complete information is available at the reunion website.

Alumni News

Mei-Li Laracuente (BS in Chemistry, 2014) After graduation, I interned at the National Cancer Institute where I worked on the development of a potential cancer vaccine constructed of a gold nanoparticle coated in tumor-associated glycopeptide antigens. I now work as an analytical chemist with Nexeo Solutions LLC.

Cody Schmidlin (BS in Chemistry, 2016) This August I will pursue my PhD at the UA in the Arizona Biological and Biomedical Sciences program.

Sarah Pattengale (BS in Biochemistry, 2016) I will be pursuing my PhD in biochemistry at the University of Texas at Austin this fall and cannot wait to start this new chapter in my life.

Christie Nguyen (BS in Biochemistry, 2016) I am a research assistant at one of the four Evelyn McKnight Brain Institutes here in Tucson, where I previously completed my honors thesis. I will continue to serve my community through volunteering as I apply to medical school.

William Bahureksa (BS in Chemistry, 2016) I will be attending graduate school for my PhD in analytical chemistry at Colorado State University.

Prior Issues:

Vol 2, Issue 3, April 2016

Vol 2, Issue 2, March 2016

Vol 2, Issue 1, Jan/Feb 2016

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