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 topics such as statistical mechanics, chemical physics, quantum chemistry, biological networks, and classical simulations.

It's our feeling that this lecture series should be an important complement to usual seminars which are mostly "result-oriented." Therefore, we would like to provide the speaker plenty of time to cover the background material as thoroughly as possible. The usual lecture is about two hours long with a break in the middle and a short post-lecture discussion. We encourage speakers to devote the first half of their presentation to a pedagogical introduction of relevant material. In fact, some lecturers have given chalk talks! The second half is intended for material that is 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 for our speakers with interested faculty of all participating schools (BU-MIT-Harvard) on the Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of the same week.