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

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 2013 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:

2016-2017   Kevan Shokat, University of California San Francisco School of Medicine
2015-2016   Nate Lewis, California Institute of Technology
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, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who are in their final year of study. A few of the corporate partners who recruit at BCC include Amgen, Merck, Novartis, Eisai, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Biogen.

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