Welcoming New Undergraduate Students

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On the day before instruction officially began, the department held its third annual welcome reception for new undergraduate students.  

The undergraduate office invited over 300 incoming first-year majors and over 100 incoming transfer students to the Student Collaboratory (Young Hall 4222) for an informal reception where they met faculty, current students, student group leaders, and undergraduate advisors. Select photos from the event are below. More photos from the event can be viewed here

Perhaps even most importantly, the event gave the incoming chemistry and biochemistry undergraduate students the opportunity to meet each other.  

At the September 27th event, the new Bruins were able to speak to the instructors who would go on to lead their courses for the rest of the quarter as well as meet their fellow classmates they would soon see next to them in the lecture halls and labs. The Dean of the Physical Sciences, Professor Miguel Garcia-Garibay, and Department Chair Professor Catherine Clarke, as well as several faculty members, attended and encouraged the new students to get to know the faculty and teaching assistants by attending office hours or even just stopping by their office. 

The event was a great way for these ambitious and accomplished students to start the year.


Undergraduate students pose with fun props at the photo booth during the event


New students with Dean of Physical Sciences Professor Miguel Garcia-Garibay

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Department Chair Professor Catherine Clarke with visits with a new student.


Various attendees enjoying the delicious refreshments provided by UCLA Catering.


New students enrolled in 20AH speaking to their instructor, Professor William Gelbart.

Many thanks to Jacquelyn Perez for writing this article and to the Undergraduate Advising office for providing the photo booth photos.