Jun 21, 2019
Graduate student at toast
The annual Organic Graduate Symposium on June 14, 2019, supported by alum Gordon Goldman ’57, featured research talks by eleven chemistry graduate students.
 
Select photos can be viewed below and an online gallery of all photos from the event can be viewed here.  
 
The annual Organic Graduate Symposium provides a forum for organic chemistry graduate students, who are within one year of obtaining their Ph.D., to present their dissertation research at UCLA to their peers, researchers, and faculty. The symposium is open to everyone in the department, friends and families. Each student speaker is introduced by either a faculty member or a member of his or her lab. This year, all of the speakers walked at the UCLA Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry commencement ceremony on June 15, 2019.  
 
Nine of the eleven graduate student presenters with event supporter Gordon Goldman – front row: Janice Lin, Gordon Goldman, Joyann Barber. Back row: Bryan Simmons, Leibniz Hang, Pesach Perlin, Lauren Seaman, Morgan Howe, Adam Simon, Lucas Morrill.  Not pictured are Alex Wollenberg, Eric Raftery.
 
Thanks to the generous support of alumnus Gordon Goldman ’57, the all-day event, held in the Cram Conference room in the Molecular Sciences building, featured a catered breakfast and lunch, and an afternoon champagne reception with a toast to the speakers. View the complete list of presenters, introducers and talk titles here.
 
Research talks were presented by graduate students Pesach Perlin, Eric Raftery and Alex Wollenberg (from the Deming group); Morgan Howe (Garcia-Garibay group); Joyann Barber, Lucas Morrill, Bryan Simmons (from the Garg Group); Janice Lin and Adam Simon (from the Houk group); Lauren Seaman (Nurmi group); and Leibniz Hang (Tang group).
 
(Left) A delicious catered lunch was enjoyed by everyone in attendance. (Right) At the conclusion of the afternoon presentations, Professors Hosea Nelson and Ken Houk posed for a selfie.
 
(Left) Nelson organized the event which was held in the Cram Conference Room in the Molecular Sciences building.  (Right) Graduate student Adam Simon giving the final presentation of the day.
 
At the conclusion of the event, Nelson (center) led the crowd of students, faculty, and students’ family members, in toast.
 
During the toast - (left) Professor Michael Jung and Gordon Goldman and (right) graduate student speaker Lauren Seaman and Houk.
 
(Left) Graduate student presenter Leibniz Hang with his family members. (Right) Garg group presenters with their lab mates and guests - Derek Donaldson and fiancé Joyann Barber, Lucas Morrill, Bryan Simmons, Sarah Anthony, and Francesca Ippoliti.
 
The event was chaired by Hosea Nelson and organized by Organic Divisional Assistant Julio Gonzalez. 
 
Article and photos by Penny Jennings, UCLA Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, penny@chem.ucla.edu.