The department's love of chemistry is often shared with the community by students and faculty. During National Chemistry week, students and faculty visit local schools to do demonstrations and supervise hands-on activities.
Every summer since 2005 the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry has participated in the Summer Science Program funded by HHMI which is part of the Chester Children's Chorus five week summer program. Senior Lecturer Ginger Heck, Professor Kathleen Howard and many undergraduate Chemistry and Biochemistry research students have been involved in this program. The five weeks of hands-on chemistry experimentation culminate in a science fair.
Students and faculty of our department have also been actively involved in programs to encourage young women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.