Greater Boston Area Theoretical Chemistry Lecture Series


Over the years, the speakers invited to this student/postdoc-run series have attracted an increasingly diverse student body with attendees' interests ranging from pure science to various aspects of engineering. Areas covered by speakers in the previous academic years have included other topics such as statistical mechanics, chemical physics, quantum chemistry, biological networks, and classical simulations.

It's our feeling that our lecture series should be an important complement to usual seminars which are mostly "results-oriented", and thus, we would like to provide the speaker plenty of time to cover the background material as completely as possible. The usual lecture is about two hours with a break in between and a small after-lecture discussion. We encourage speakers to devote the first half of their presentation to a pedagogical introduction to the topic. In fact, some lecturers in the past gave chalk talks! The second half is intended for material of current interest and active research.

The lecture is currently held at MIT, the midpoint of BU and Harvard. While Wednesday afternoon is reserved for the talk, we schedule meetings of our speakers with interested faculty of all participating schools (BU-MIT-Harvard) on the Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of the same week.

Organizing Committee(

BU: Ruslan Tazhigulov, Afra Panahi, Thomas Heavey, Asanga Bandara Ekanayaka Mudiyanselage, Mi Kyung Lee, David Stelter, George Pantelopulos

MIT: Sucheol Shin, Tianyu Zhu, Liza Lee, Eric Alt, Helena Qi, Alex Kohn, Nathan Ricke, Chern Chuang

Harvard: Nicolas Sawaya, Stephanie Valleau, Jennifer Wei, Benjamin Sanchez Lengeling, Joey Goodknight, Jhonathan Romero Fontalvo, Thomas Markovich, Michael Manhart