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Fall 2017/Spring 2018: Delaware Valley Mass Spectrometry Discussion Group

The Villanova University Chemistry Department will host the Delaware Valley Mass Spectrometry Discussion Group for the academic year. Please join us for our monthly dinner and talk in Mendel Hall.

May 2: Department of Chemistry Senior Thesis Presentations and Awards/Recognition Day

April 10: The April 2017 Delaware Valley Mass Spectrometry Discussion Group Meeting will be held at Villanova Univeristy on April 10, 2017 at 6:00 PM.

March 24th: The 4th Annual Villanova University Department of Chemistry Safety Day

Jan: Call for proposals - The Center for Undergraduate Research & Fellowships announces the 2017 call for proposals for the Villanova Undergraduate Research Fellows (VURF) Program. Undergraduates may apply for funding to undertake a scholarly research project with a Faculty Sponsor. Research projects are conducted during the summer and students funded by the program will receive a stipend of $3,500 for their summer projects.  The application deadline is March 1.

Dec:  Congratulations to Dr. Grannas for chairing the section on Physical and Chemical Air-Snow-Ice Interactions: from the Micro to the Global Scale at the 2016 American Geophysical Union National Meeting held in San Francisco.


Nov: Villanova University's Department of Chemistry hosted the 4th Philadelphia Inorganic Colloquium on Saturday, November 5th.  Our event drew a record number of attendees from the area for a full day of research talks and poster presentations. 

Nine Villanovans gave poster presentations, including Ashley Archidiacono, Marianne Donley, Sarah Jenny, Erin Peterson,  Vai Shastri, Claire Teahan, Zach Whitermore, Jesse Wiener, and Lauren Winkler. We were also fortunate to have Villanova alumni Danielle Lovett, Janelle Steves, Laura Thierer in attendance. 

Thanks to all of the Department of Chemistry students, faculty, and staff that made this event a success!


Aug: If you are headed to the ACS meeting in Philadelphia, we’d love to see you!  See the schedule of Villanova presenters, and stop by and learn about the science going on at Villanova!

May: The Villanova Department of Chemistry had a strong showing at the VITAL Teaching & Learning Strategies conference:

Dr. Marta Guron: Her presentation focused on the advantages of using of formalized groups in a lecture course.  The talk will explored the hows, the whys and the overall result of implementing formal groups into a General Chemistry course.

Dr. Michael Heinrich:  His presentation focused on student preparation and the use of an online auto-graded prelab and online demonstration videos for General Chemistry Lab.  This work was funded by a VITAL mini-grant.

Dr. Peter Palenchar, Dr. Deanna Zubris, and Ms. Marianne Donley (undergraduate Chemistry major) (pictured): Presented their findings on work related to student learning and retention of General Chemistry Laboratory material.  This work was funded by a VITAL minigrant.


May: Dr. Eydiejo Kurchan (right), Cian Watts (not pictured) (both of the Department of Chemistry), Alice Lenthe (next to Dr. Kurchan), and Eric Welsh (left) (both of the Department of Environmental Health and Safety) were recognized for their outstanding service with the Team Distinguished Service Award.

Congratulations and good job!


May: Congratulations to the 2016 Department of Chemistry Student Award Winners.  From left to right:  Anthony Ianetta, Nicholas Janigian, Jani Swaitek, Jake Prus, Anna Briker, Lawson Wilkinson, Celina Santiago, Ryan Allen, Carina Fairfield, Rishi Chauhan, Daniel Zuschlag.



Chemistry seniors -

Congratulations on graduation!


Alumni, are you attending the ACS meeting this summer in Philadelphia? If so, let us know! ( We would like to organize an alumni event. Hope to see you at the ACS meeting in August!

Congratulations to our accepted Chemistry students!  We hope to see you this fall as part of the Class of 2020! You are most welcome to Candidates' Day on April 16th to learn more about Villanova and the Chemistry program.  If you can't make it to this weekend, but would like more information, please contact us.


April:  Members of the Kraut and Selinsky labs (Department of Chemistry, Biochemistry Program) and Youngman lab (Department of Biology, Biochemistry Program) presented their work at the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology/Experimental Biology 2016 national meeting in San Diego.  Well done!

Dr. Giuliano and Hannah

February: Congratulations to Dr. Kevin Minbiole for being appointed the new Director of the Chemistry Graduate Program and thank you to Dr. Temer Ahmadi for his years of service as the Program Director.

Villanova at the AAAS meeting
Dr. Eggler and students at the AAAS meeting in Washington, DC, this February.

February: Drs. Aimee Eggler (Department of Chemistry and Program in Biochemistry) and Konstantinos Agrios (Department of Chemistry) attended the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) meeting in Washington, DC. Undergraduate students Alexandra Elder, Linda Nguyen, and Lela Mortezavi presented posters of their work. Well done!

Dr. Giuliano and Hannah
Dr. Giuliano and Hannah at their poster.

February: Undergraduate students Hannah Curran and Jorna Sojati from the Giuliano (Department of Chemistry) and Palenchar (Department of Chemistry, Program in Biochemistry) labs, respectively, in the Department of Chemistry presented posters at the Philadelphia section American Chemical Society’s Younger Chemists Committee 16th Annual Poster Session in Philadelphia at the University of the Sciences. Biochemistry undergraduate Jorna Sojati’s poster took first place in the undergraduate category. Good job!

February:  Congratulations to Dr. Amanda Grannas (Chemistry) and Dr. Steven Goldsmith (Geography and the Environment) on receiving a National Oceanic and Atmospheric (NOAA) Sea Grant! The work will examine the levels of the antibacterial tricoslan in the Brandywine River Watershed.  Well done! Read more here.

February: It was nice to meet the Chemistry Early Action students at Candidates’ Weekend February 12th and 13th.  We hope to see you this fall! Our next Candidates’ Weekend is happening on April 16th

February: The work of the Minbiole lab has been featured here and at Early Action Candidates’ Weekend.  Well done Minbiole lab!

Villanova Chemistry at a Glance:

Degrees Offered: B.S., M.S.
Full Time Faculty: 25
Undergraduate Majors: 150
Graduate Students: 25
Equipment: an array of modern instrumentation for conducting research and instructional facilities
Building: Mendel Science Center houses research and instructional facilities for 6 scientific departments, including 17 chemistry research labs

Directions to Mendel Science Center