NIU Department of
Chemistry & Biochemistry
Where the study of matter...matters!
2011 AWARDS BANQUET
On Wednesday, April 20, the NIU Chem Club hosted its annual awards banquet at the River Heights Clubhouse in DeKalb, recognizing students who have received departmental scholarships and awards throughout the year.
Congratulations to all award recipients and upcoming graduates!
CHEM BLAST 2011
On Tuesday, March 29, the Chem Club hosted Chem Blast 2011, an evening of chemical demonstrations enjoyed by all. Audience volunteers were blown away by the Wind Cannon (left hoto). How can you drive a tack into wood using a banana? Or make a quick and easy coleslaw? With liquid nitrogen, of course!
More memorable experiments included the dichromate volcano, non-burning towel, dragon's breath (right photo), Mentos soda pop drop, underwater sparks, genie in a bottle, and thermite reaction.
The evening concluded with the most flavorable demo -- the making of liquid nitrogen ice cream...and all the toppings!
NIU STEMFEST 2010
On October 23, STEMfest 2010 engaged nearly 3,000 people and delivered an entire Convocation Center full of hands-on activities for families. Nearly 200 NIU student volunteers assisted kids of all ages with hands-on activities and drew rave reviews for their expertise and their teaching skills.
Faculty, staff, and students of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry participated hosting three booths -- the Chem Club celebrated with Mole Day activities, Professors Horn and Hagen's groups presented strategies in drug design, and Professor Gaillard's group disected cow eyes.
CHEM CLUB FALL PICNIC
Welcome back!! The Chem Club Fall Picnic was held on Friday, September 10, 2010. It was a beautiful day to kick-off the 2010-2011 year.