Graduate and post-doctoral chemistry students at Texas A&M University will get a chance to strut their stuff during a symposium Monday and Tuesday (Sept. 25 and 26) at Texas A&M.

More than 50 student and postdoctoral researchers will show off the results of their studies during the third annual Symposium on Graduate Research in Chemistry, sponsored by the Industry-University Chemistry Cooperative Program.

The graduate researchers will describe studies on topics ranging from biological and natural products chemistry to surface science and solid state chemistry during oral presentations and poster sessions.

The two-day symposium is intended to introduce Texas A&M chemistry graduate students and postdoctoral researchers to potential employers and give an overview of current chemistry research at Texas A&M, symposium organizers say.

Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows will make oral presentations on their research Monday afternoon and all day Tuesday. Poster presentations will be judged Monday evening.

Also among symposium activities will be a discussion of the role of graduate research in chemistry by a panel of distinguished scientists.

Panel members will be Dr. F. Albert Cotton, a distinguished professor in Texas A&M's chemistry department and member of the National Science Board; Dr. William B. Haynes of Monsanto Chemical Co., a member of the Academic, University, Industry Roundtable; and Dr. Robert A. Kennedy, Texas A&M's vice president for research and associate provost for graduate studies.

Symposium participants will tour Texas A&M chemistry research facilities Tuesday afternoon, and Chemistry Department Head Dr. Emile A. Schweikert and Dr. Richard E. Ewing, dean of Texas A&M's College of Science, will present awards for the top oral and poster presentations during a Tuesday evening barbecue at the College Station Conference Center.

Texas A&M's chemistry department has the third-largest graduate enrollment in the United States, with almost 300 graduate students and more than 70 postdoctoral fellows.Chemistry research at Texas A&M attracts more than $10 million in external funding each year, and Texas A&M chemistry faculty published more than 400 research articles in 1994.

CONTACT: Gene Charleton, (409) 845-4644 or e-charleton@tamu.edu

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