Non-academic Seminars

The CGC is happy to announce student-sponsored non-academic seminars for the 2017 year! We have invited speakers in each of the subdivisions to give a departmental seminar. Be sure to attend and reach out to the student host if you are interested in your group meeting with the speaker during their visit.

Follow the links to learn more about the speaker.


Seth Darling, Argonne National Laboratory

Hosted by Jon Bender (

Thursday, November 30, 2017 from 3:30-4:30 PM in WEL 2.122

Refreshments served at 3:15 PM


Nathan Neale, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Hosted by Joseph Gurrentz (

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 from 3:30-4:30 PM in WEL 2.122

Refreshments served at 3:15 PM


Scheduled date TBA

Mock Interview Marathon 2016

Are you interested in an industry career? If so, you know that nailing your dream job requires excellent interview skills. The Council of Graduate Chemists wants to make sure UT students are the best candidates in the job market.  We are giving you the opportunity to sharpen those skills by practicing interviewing with current industry management professionals who will give you immediate feedback on your performance.  Check our events page for more information!

Thinkery 21 – The Science of Sex

The CGC participated in Thinkery 21 this month themed around the science of sex. There are food trucks and a cash bar in addition to booths hosted by local organizations ranging from the science behind pheromones, aphrodisiacs, and lube, to learning about the history of Austin’s own Red Light district. Our booth focused on the chemistry and physics of lube.

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Outreach opportunities with GirlStart

Girl Start is an awesome local non-profit aimed at getting young girls (and boys) excited about science. They’re hosting an event in February called Weatherfest at the Bullock museum. The description below is off their website and the first website link is where to sign-up to volunteer. It’s a great way to do some fun outreach activities without too much commitment.
Here’s a description from their website:

In partnership with Time Warner Cable and the Bullock Texas State History Museum, we are excited to present WeatherFest. Enjoy hands-on experiments, weather-related films and panels, meet your favorite local meteorologist, and more!

Families will have the opportunity to engineer an extreme weather shelter prototype to protect you from the elements, understand the power of wind by designing your own puff mobile, discover the destructive impact an earthquake can have on a Lego tower, and more family-friendly activities!

Sunday, February 7th
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Bullock Texas State History Museum
1800 Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78701

This link below is where you can get additional information of the event itself on the Bullock Museum’s website.


Thinkery 21 – Murder at the Museum

On October 29th, the Council of Graduate Chemists and friends participated in Thinkery 21’s “Murder at the Museum” night. Participants visited booths and tables, did activities, and used information from each booth to solve a fake murder. There were food trucks and a cash bar in addition to a DJ. Proceeds from tickets sold for the event fund the non-profit Thinkery children’s museum. The volunteers from CGC were responsible for designing and working three booths focusing on blood typing, chemical analysis with paper chromatography, and the science of luminol. These tables, in conjunction with tables hosted by the local branch of the FBI, UT Geology, UT Psychology and other groups, each had a clue needed to solve the murder. Thinkery 21 events are hosted on Thursday nights every few months and feature different themes. Past examples include “inkery” and “pantone-monium”. The next Thinkery 21 event will be themed around superheroes, and will take place on January 14th 2016.

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