Thomasian Chemistry Week 2024: Celebrating Science, Alumni, and Industry 

The University of Santo Tomas (UST) Department of Chemistry recently concluded its annual Chemistry Week celebration from February 12 to 16, 2024. This week-long celebration showcased the department’s commitment to promoting chemistry education, research, alumni engagement, and industry collaboration. 

Commencing the week-long celebration is the gathering of BS Chemistry Alumni together with the UST Department of Chemistry academic staff, as well as past and present student scholars.  This is in celebration of another successful fundraising event for the benefit of the students under the Department of Chemistry. The highlight of the event was the display of the new periodic table, featuring generous donations primarily from UST BS  Chemistry alumni. Each donor’s contribution was commemorated with a note below the respective element/s of their choice. Special recognition was given to the Class of 1978 for their generous donation, symbolized by the elements  Tennessine, Rhodium, and Tantalum. The event was held as a celebration of the alumni’s support and the continued efforts to raise funds for the department’s scholarship program through the Periodic Table Fundraiser, Inc.

Another highlight of the Chemistry Week celebration is the interactive chemistry exhibit,  MahiKapnayan. Organized in collaboration with the UST Chemical Society, the exhibit aimed to introduce junior and senior high school students to hands-on chemistry-centered activities. The event received positive responses from students who engaged actively with the interactive exhibits and hands-on chemistry experiments on display. Highlights included short experiments and a challenging escape room-style activity named Hukbong Itim  Takedown. The event successfully communicated the importance of chemistry and its real-world applications to the next generation of scientists. 

Emphasizing the partnership between academe and industry, Catalyst Connections brought together industry partners and 3rd and 4th year BS Chemistry students to explore potential career paths and industry applications of their knowledge. Organized in collaboration with the Thomasian Chemists Alumni Association, the event provided a platform for students to engage in meaningful discussions with professionals from various sectors. Industry partners such as Ascxent Knowledge Resources, Inc., San Miguel Foods, Inc., Mach Union  Laboratories, Inc., D&L Industries, Inc., ADIP Testing and Research Lab, Inc., and DJM Grandeur Corp. provided valuable insights to prepare students for successful careers. The event marked a significant stride towards preparing future-ready chemists to excel in their careers and contribute effectively to the industry. 

The Thomasian Chemistry Week 2024 encapsulated the spirit of collaboration, innovation, and dedication to advancing the field of chemistry. Through these events, the UST Department of Chemistry continues to foster a vibrant community of scientists and professionals committed to scientific excellence and societal impact.

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