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BCC hosts many departmental events for our graduate students throughout the academic year. Our events are designed to stimulate the intellect; to provide professional networking opportunities; and to cultivate interactions among our graduate students.

Graduate Research Symposium
Seminar Series
Industrial Recruiting Program
Admissions Open House
Free Food Fridays

Graduate Research Symposium

Every October, the research activities of the BC Chemistry Department are showcased during the Graduate Research Symposium. This event features seminar and poster presentations celebrating the accomplishments of our graduate students. The Graduate Research Symposium is a highlight of the academic year, as it includes reports of the most exciting advances made in BCC research groups during the preceding year.

Graduate Student Symposium 2012 PDF booklet

Seminar Series

BCC hosts a diverse seminar series that brings outstanding visiting scientists from around the world to the department each year for formal and informal interactions with all of the members of the department. Weekly seminars highlight nationally recognized speakers in organic chemistry, chemical biology, and physical chemistry. In addition, the seminar series is highlighted by our annual University Lectureship, which brings world-class scientists to the department for a three-day visit and seminars. BCC’s most recent University Lecturers include:
2014-2015 John Bercaw, California Institute of Technology
2013-2014 Ben Feringa, University of Groningen
2012-2013 Dennis A. Dougherty, California Institute of Technology
2011-2012 Charles M. Lieber, Harvard University
2010-2011 Robert G. Bergman, University of California, Berkeley
2009-2010 Jean M.J. Fréchet, University of California, Berkeley
2008-2009 Jay D. Keasling, University of California, Berkeley
2007-2008 Peter G. Wolynes, University of California, San Diego
2006-2007 Richard R. Schrock, Nobel Laureate, MIT
2005-2006 Paul A. Wender, Stanford University
2004-2005 James Wells, President and CEO, Sunesis Pharmaceuticals
2003-2004 Stephen R. Leone, University of California, Berkeley
2002-2003 Robert H. Grubbs, Nobel Laureate, California Institute of Technology
2001-2002 E. J. Corey, Nobel Laureate, Harvard University
2000-2001 Christopher Walsh, Harvard Medical School
1999-2000 Steven Chu, Nobel Laureate, Stanford University

Industrial Recruiting Program

Every year, BCC manages an Industrial Recruiting Program that brings representatives of various companies to the Merkert Chemistry Center to interview eligible students for post-degree job opportunities. This program is available to all undergraduate and graduate students as well as postdoctoral fellows at BCC. Postdoctoral associates and graduate and undergraduate students who are in their final year of study may participate during their search for permanent positions. The recruiting schedule runs from September through December for postdoctoral fellows and Ph.D. candidates and January through March for B.S. candidates. A few of the corporate partners who recruit at BCC include Amgen, Merck, Novartis, Eisai, Bristol-Myers Squibb and AstraZeneca.

For more information about industrial recruiting, please contact Ms. Dale L. Mahoney, Associate Director of Administration and Graduate Student Services, at dale.mahoney@bc.edu or 617-552-1735.

Free Food Fridays

Several times a year, on Friday evenings, BCC faculty and graduate students gather together for informal dinners on campus. Free Food Fridays present opportunities to talk about research in an informal setting; to socialize with members of other laboratories; and to meet newcomers to BCC.

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