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March 24, 2023
October 28, 2022

First Generation Student and Faculty Meet and Greet

August 19, 2022

The Department of Chemistry is looking to hire a talented undergraduate student with online marketing expertise.

May 24, 2022

Rescheduled for Wednesday, May 25, 2023

September 24, 2021

For the 2022 graduate school Ph.D.

March 12, 2021

The UVa Chemistry Department will be participating in the Graduate School of Arts & Science's 

January 7, 2021

Graduate Student Jonathan Dabbs of the Harman Group has been awarded a 2020

October 9, 2020

We are pleased to announce that Professor Sergei A.

May 19, 2020

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UVA Chemistry People Cindy
May 3, 2018

Cindy Knight has been named recipient of the 2018 Leonard W. Sandridge Outstanding Contribution Award.

UVA Chemistry People Dubay
March 27, 2018

Professor Kateri DuBay has been chosen to receive the 2018 Alumni Board of Trustees Teaching Award.

January 26, 2018

A recent paper by the Hilinski Group in The Journal of Chemical Science has been highlighted by Synfacts and chosen as "Synfact o

January 22, 2018

Professor Ken Hsu is featured in the Future of Biochemistry, the special issue of the ACS publication Biochemistry.  This special

August 3, 2017

Since 2003, ACA has published 11,152 articles.  “Review: Carbon nanotube based electrochemical sensors for biomolecules” is the 5th highes

This program seeks to recruit and support postdoctoral scholars who will contribute to advancing STEM diversity, equity and inclusion in their jou

At the June 3, 2022 Board of Visitors meeting, four Chemistry faculty had thier promotions made official.

Undergraduate student Sarah Weisflog has been chosen to attend the FUTURE Ignited CCE Conference at CalTech on October 17, 2020.

Getting to Know the Staff of UVA Chemistry

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On April 14, 2022 the Chemistry Department held the 3rd Year Graduate Student Poster Session and the winners were announced.

Getting to know the staff of UVA Chemistry 

Compiled and edited for clarity by Hannah Musgrove 

Two University of Virginia Chemistry graduate students have just been awarded 2021 Presidential Fellowships for Collaborative Neuroscience.

Congratulations to Ken Hsu and his graduate student, Myungsun Shin.

Postdoctoral researcher R. Justin Grams, Ph.D., has received a 2022 UVA Cancer Center Trainee Award.

Ilse is an assistant professor of astronomy with a joint appointment in chemistry.


NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

Getting to Know UVA Chemistry’s Undergraduate Researchers – Part 1

By Amelia Reid, UVA ChemSciComm

The study of polymers, molecular structures composed of thousands of atoms, may be one of the fastest growing fields in science today.

The research groups of UVa Chemistry Professors Sen Zhang and T. Brent Gunnoe have recently published a paper in Nature Catalysis.

AC Obi of the Gilliard Group has been selected to receive the Jefferson Fellowship beginning fall of 2020.  The Jefferson Fellowship is an extraord


By Emma Cook, Hannah Musgrove, and Rob Dyer

UVA ChemSciComm


BtuB: A Finicky Protein that Works Best at Home (DOI:

It has been a good couple of months for UVa Chemistry graduate student Bukuru Anaclet.

Getting to Know the Staff of UVA Chemistry
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Graduate Student Social Events During Lockdown: Building Connections Virtually

Left to right: Jill Venton, Chair; Ji Zhang, Julie Laudenschlager, Mark Bernard, Pumidech Puthonkham, Grayson Johnson, Ana Geer, Megan Catterton, L

The University of Virginia Chemistry Department has learned it will be awarded a Major Research Instrumentation grant from the National Science Fou

Charlie Machan has been awarded his first NSF Grant “Developing Homogeneous Mn Catalyst Systems for the Oxygen Reduction Reaction”. 

UVA Chemistry announces the hiring of Michelle Personick, Ph.D. as an Associate Professor of Chemistry. Prof.

UVA Chemistry People Hinkle

Congratulations to Joshua Hinkle, 2018-19 Awardee of the Metropolitan Washington Chapter of Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (MWC/ARCS) Foundation!!!

Jordan Baker, a undergraduate researcher in the Gilliard Group, recently was awarded an American Chemical Society Scholars Program Award.

Sen Zhang and Robert Gilliard Awarded American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund Grants

Graduate student Rachelle Turiello was awarded an ARCS Endowment Award in Chemistry.

Chemistry Stove

The University of Virginia’s Rotunda still has its secrets, as conservators are discovering amid the building’s ongoing two-year renovation.

The UVa Chemistry group led by W.

Rising 5th year students

First place (tie): Kelsie Wentz & Mark Bernard

Second place: Brianna Dalesandro

Keira Mahoney Awarded Inaugural Donald F. Hunt Graduate Fellowship

Efficient Nanocrystal Surface Cleaning by N-Heterocyclic Carbenes

By Emma Cook, UVA ChemSciComm

Rebecca McCloud of the Hsu Lab has been awarded the Adam Ritchie Outstanding Graduate Student for 2019.

My Research for Five Levels of Understanding
By Sadie Kiendzior, UVA ChemSciComm

Mike Hilinski has been awarded a NSF CAREER award entitled "New Methods for the Synthesis of Nitrogen-Containing Heterocycles" Congratulations, Mike!!

Associate Professor of Chemistry Ku-Lung (Ken) Hsu has been named a 2021 Emerging Leader by the Mark Foundation for Cancer Research.

Chemistry student Tiffany Tran has received a Harrison Undergraduate Research Award.

Congratulations to Sen Zhang and a team including Bob Davis and Lisa Colosi-Peterson from Engineering, on being selected for a new $2.3 million dol

Getting to Know the Staff of UVA Chemistry

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by Julissa Velasquez and Viranga Wimalasiri, L.E.A.D.

in collaboration with UVA ChemSciComm

Undergraduate researcher Sam Hanser received a 2023 Kolthoff Award from the ACS Analytical Division.

Kelly Dunham, of the Venton Lab, has been awarded a Jefferson Scholars Fellowship.

UVa Chemistry Assistant Professor Andreas Gahlmann has been awarded a RO1 gran

The University of Virginia Chemistry Department was chosen to become an ACS Bridge Program Partner, joining 40 other major academic institutions ar

Congratulations to Rebecca Pompano who is lead PI on a new, 3.4M NIH grant, to develop a model lymph node on a chip.  This grant was a winner of th

UVA Chemistry Associate Professor Robert Gilliard has been selected to receive the 2022 Lloyd N.

Pumidech “Max” Puthongkham has been named a 2019 Sidney M. Hecht Graduate Fellow.

Graduate students Frederick Brøndsted and Emma Cook have each been awarded a Jefferson Scholars Foundation Dissertation Year Fellowship.

The UVa Chemistry Department resumed its annual Departmental Retreat on October 12, 2021, after a one-year hiatus due to the COVID pandemic.

On October 7, 2022 the UVA Chemistry Department held an Open House for students, faculty, alumni, and friends of the Department to show off the rec

Graduate student Kelsie Wentz, of the Gilliard Group, is the recipient of the 2022 Adam Ritchie Outstanding Graduate Student Award in Chemistry.

Congratulations to Julia Dressel, who has won the 2020 ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry Award for Undergraduate Research!

Getting to Know the Staff of UVA Chemistry

Compiled and edited for clarity by Hannah Musgrove

13 students from the class of 2017 receive certification from The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Five of these students achieved certification with distinction.  

Former graduate student Xiaofan Jia has been awarded UVA's 2022 Allan Talbot Gwathmey Memorial Award.

Congratulations to Michael Hilinski and Ku-Lung (Ken) Hsu as they have been promoted to Associate Professor without Term. 

Getting to Know the Staff of UVA Chemistry

Compiled and edited for clarity by Hannah Musgrove

Getting to Know UVA Chemistry’s Newest PhDs

Amelia Reid, UVA ChemSciComm

Getting to Know the Staff of UVA Chemistry

Compiled and edited for clarity by Hannah Musgrove


Cameron “Cam” Hawley
Pictured with his wife Suzanne

UVa Chemistry Department Chair Jill Venton has received the 2022 Advances in M

Robert Gilliard and his group are featured in the C&EN Magazine article, "Beryllium Radical Cation Isolated." The article states that

The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) offers each year a

Congratulations to Chang Liu in the Sen Zhang lab for being awarded a prestigious Jefferson Dissertation Year Fellowship from Jefferson Scholars Fo

Getting to Know UVA Chemistry’s Undergraduate Researchers – Part 2

Amelia Reid, UVA ChemSciComm

Doctoral candidate Drew Christianson of the Garrod Group has been awarded a NASA FINESST or Furture Investigators in NASA Earth and Space Science a

UVa Chemistry Graduate Student Timothy Ware has been awarded a Ruth L.

Undergraduate/graduate student duo Katerina Morgaenko and Morgan-Elizabeth McKnight have been awarded a DoubleHoo Research Grant. 

The Journal of Chemical Education, an ACS Publication, has named Marilyne Stains, Ph.D. as an Associate Editor. Prof.

UVA Chemistry graduate student Renna Nouwairi of the Landers Group has been awarded a 2023 Jefferson Scholars Foundation Dissertation Year Fellowsh

Congratulations to Laura Serbulea, who has been named a mentor for the

UVa Assistant Professor of Chemistry Kateri DuBay has been selected as a winner of the 2022 OpenEye Outstanding Junior Faculty award.

Karl Westendorff, an Engineering student who does research with Dean Harman’s group has won a scholarship from the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation

It was announced today that Assistant Professor of Chemistry Sen Zhang has been named a 2022 A

By: Amelia Reid, UVa ChemSciComm

Jacob Walley, of the Gilliard Group, has been named the 2020 Adam Ritchie Outstanding Graduate Student in Chemistry. This award was established in

My Research on Single-Molecule Localization Microscopy for Five Levels of Understanding

By Josh Prindle

UVA ChemSciComm

Jacob Walley ACS-DIC – Young Investigator Symposium Award

Richard J. "Dick" Sundberg died on November 1, 2021, in Hickory, N.C., after a period of declining health.

Rachelle Turiello Awarded DOJ Graduate Research Fellowship

UVA Chemistry annually honors our best graduate teaching assistants with the Excellence in Graduate Teaching Awards.

UVA Chemistry Group Lab

The Pompano Lab's research was featured in C&E News' coverage of the national ACS Conference.

Sarah Weisflog, an undergraduate researcher in the Gilliard group, is a 2020 American Chemical Society Bridge Travel Award winner in the amount of

Congratulations to W. Dean Harman who has been promoted to a chaired professor. Effective January 10, 2023, Prof. Harman will be the William R.

The UVa Chemistry Department is proud to host the "UVA Rising Star in Chemistry Postdoctoral Seminar Series" this Fall.


By Emma M. Cook, UVA ChemSciComm

UVA Chemistry Associate Professor Robert Gilliard has been named the recipient of the 2023 Harry Gray Award for Creative Work in Inorganic Chemistr

UVa Chemistry Assistant Professor Robert Gilliard has been named a National Academy of Sciences Kavli Frontiers of Science Fellow.

Emma N. Cook, ChemSciComm and GSC

The University of Virginia Chemistry Department is pleased to announce Leah Dignan as the 2021 recipient of the Sidney M.

“CAREER: Next-Gen Flow Cytometry - A New Approach to Cell Heterogeneity." Congratulations Ken!

My Research on Mass Spectrometry Characterization of Membrane Proteins for Five Levels of Understanding

It was announced today that Assistant Professor of Chemistry Robert J. Gilliard, Jr. has been awarded an Alfred P.

Chemistry students Alysha Johnson and Jordan Baker have received awards from the ACS Scholars Program.