Department of Chemistry

A lot is happening in May!  We hope that you can join us!

The 2018 Silvestri Lectureship in Chemistry with Keynote Speaker Dr. Scott Miller and Senior Thesis Presentations - May 1st

2018 Silvestri Lectureship

The 2018 Anthony J. and Heand Johns Silvestri Lectureship in Chemistry will take place on May 1st.

The keynote speaker is Professor Scott Miller from the Department of Chemistry at Yale University. The title of his talk is, “Searching for Selective Catalytic Reactions in Complex Molecular Environments.” (Learn more about the work of the Miller lab.) The day also includes a celebration of research at Villanova with senior thesis presentations and awards. All are welcome to attend! A schedule of events is below. Please RSVP for the lunch by April 24th.

Silvestri Lectureship Schedule

Dr. Scott Miller

11:30-12:00 Alumni and guest check-in
12:00 – 1:00 pm Luncheon
1:00-2:45 Welcome and Senior Student Thesis Presentations:
Ryan Allen, Ashley Arcidiacono, Marianne Donley, Nicholas Forelli, and Mykal Gerald, 
2:45-3:15 Chemistry Recognition and Awards Presentation
3:15-3:30 Break
3:30-4:45 The 2018 Anthony J. and Heand Johns Silvestri Lectureship in Chemistry. Dr. Scott Miller, Searching for Selective Catalytic Reactions in Complex Molecular Environments
4:45-5:30: Reception.
All events will take place in Mendel 213

Graduation Lunch – May 19th

Congrats Grads!

Congratulations graduates! We hope that you and your family can join us the Saturday of graduation weekend for an informal lunch to celebrate your accomplishments! The lunch will be held Saturday, May 19th at 11:30am until 1:15pm (drop in as you'd like). Undergraduates – the lunch will be held after the CLAS Convocation. Graduate students – we’ll be done in time to make our way to the CLAS Graduate Studies Convocation. The lunch will be held in and around Mendel 213. We look forward to celebrating with you! Please RSVP.

About Us

About us: The Department of Chemistry at Villanova University, near Philadelphia, offers masters and bachelors degrees, including an American Chemical Society accredited degree program for undergraduates.  Our faculty actively conduct research in diverse areas such as nanotechnology, environmental chemistry, natural product synthesis, catalysis, biochemistry, evolution, and computational chemistry. We recognize that undergraduate research provides a unique opportunity to work closely alongside a faculty mentor gaining an experience that extends far beyond typical classroom learning, and we encourage all undergraduates to participate in undergraduate research.

The Villanova Department of Chemistry focuses on the education of chemistry majors.  For example, unlike many peer institutions, chemistry majors have their own courses starting their first year.  At many other institutions, chemistry majors are in courses with other science majors even as sophomores.  Our approach ensures that chemistry majors experience small class sizes in chemistry courses, get more attention from faculty and form early relationships with faculty, and are taking courses designed specifically for chemistry majors from the start.

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