Karaoke 2022 with “DJ Lavelle”

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Students from Dr Laurence Lavelle’s Chem 14B classes thoroughly enjoyed a fun “Karaoke Night w/ DJ Lavelle” virtual event and contest on March 11th. 

Students from Dr. Laurence Lavelle’s Winter 2022 Chem 14B classes attended the free online event, which was organized by three students in his class. Gift cards were awarded to the top contestants whose scores were based on votes by all participants.

Congratulations to the winners! 

Nilaya Kanuri (1st place), Audrey Banzali-Marks and Trisha Mantri (2nd place), and Milli Zunich (3rd place).

Students Bassel Lawand, Andrew Nguyen, and Shania Garrison organized the event on Discord and Zoom.  “They did a terrific job organizing the event!” said Lavelle.

During the fun 2-hour event there were 16 performances and everyone voted on Discord resulting in prizes that were awarded by Dr. DJ LL (aka Dr. Laurence Lavelle). 


1st Place: Nilaya Kanuri sang Grenade by Bruno Mars


2nd Place: Audrey Banzali-Marks and Trisha Mantri (great duet) sang Like I’m Gonna Lose You by Meghan Trainor (ft. John Legend)


3rd Place: Milli Zunich sang King by Florence


A Fun End to the Quarter


Lavelle’s students have dubbed him “Dr. DJ LL” and created this image.

Lavelle’s Chem 14B students very much appreciated the extensive and daily online and in-person support all quarter. They had the ongoing assistance of 32 teaching assistants (TAs) and undergraduate peer-learning assistants (UAs) organized by Dr. Laurence Lavelle. In addition, Chemistry Community, Lavelle’s online forum, provided 7 days per week of support with extensive peer-to-peer interaction and learning. Chemistry Community had 49,691 posts this quarter, and since its inception approximately 20 million page-views as students use it as an interactive learning tool 24/7 reading far more than they post. 

Lavelle teaches 12 classes per academic year, 6 of which are the very-large, highly-successful Chem 14A and 14B general chemistry classes which are “a high-energy, dynamic, and enjoyable team effort involving terrific UCLA students, UAs, and TAs”, said Lavelle.

Penny Jennings, UCLA Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, penny@chem.ucla.edu.