The University of Alabama’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is committed to serving the people of the state, the region, and the nation. Our faculty, staff, and students are eager to provide the benefit of their expertise through colloquia, demonstrations at local schools, and scientific demonstrations at campus events such as homecoming.

Advanced Instrumental Techniques Colloquium

This colloquium, hosted annually by the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, brings students from schools throughout the region to the UA campus to tour our facilities and learn about our research instrumentation, which includes equipment that they would typically not have access to at their home schools.

Homecoming on the Quad

children gathered around a chemistry demonstration

Each fall, chemistry professors and graduate students assemble on the Quad to conduct hands-on experiments and demonstrations geared toward elementary and middle-school students.

Outreach to Local Schools

Our faculty and graduate students regularly visit local elementary and middle schools to perform chemistry-related demonstrations.

Research Experiences for Undergraduates

an undergraduate working on a summer research projectWe are a proud participant in this National Science Foundation program, which supports undergraduates’ participation in both ongoing research programs and projects designed specifically for REU participants.

Science Olympiad

Chemistry faculty participate in the annual Science Olympiad, hosted jointly by UA’s College of Arts and Sciences and College of Engineering. More than 500 middle and high school students participate in a variety of hands-on and quiz-style competitions; winners of this regional event go on to compete in state and national competitions.