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Congratulations Dr. Zachary Hudson!

Associate professor Zachary Hudson has been awarded the Nova Macromolecular Science and Engineering Division (MSED) Early Career Award by the Canadian Society for Chemistry. The award aims to recognize the research achievements of a Canadian polymer scientist or engineer within the early stages of their career as a Principal Investigator or government/industry scientist.

Congratulations Dr. Hudson!

Congratulations Dr. Ehsan Hamzehpoor!

Congratulations to Dr. Ehsan Hamzehpoor, a member of Dr. Mark MacLachlan's research group, for winning both the Killam and Banting Post-Doctoral Fellowships!

Read more about his acceptional work here.

Congratulations Dr. Tao Huan!

Congratulations to Assistant Professor Dr. Tao Huan for receiving the Metabolites 2023 Young Investigator Award! This is an outstanding achievement as a rising star in the field of metabolomics.

Read more here.

Dr. Ilsa Cooke Receives LAD 2024 Early Career Award

Assistant Professor Dr. Ilsa Cooke has been awarded the The Laboratory Astrophysics Division (LAD) of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) 2024 Early Career Award. The LAD Early Career Award is given to an individual who has made significant contributions to the field within 10 years of receiving their PhD.

Dr. Cooke has made significant contributions to the discovery of new molecules in space, providing a detailed understanding of their reaction mechanisms, thermodynamics, and...

2023 Alumni Award Winners

Congratulations to the 2023 UBC Chemistry Alumni Award winners, Dr. Mark Namchuk (Alumni Award of Distinction) and Dr. Love-Ese Chile (Young Alumnus Award)!


Alumni Award of Distinction | Dr. Mark Namchuk, PhD '93

This award recognizes an alumnus whose accomplishments are of such excellence that they provide inspiration and leadership to students and other alumni. The recipient has shown significant leadership either in their professional...

Congratulations 2023 Graduate Student Award Winners!

Last week at our November 2023 Alumni Reunion, we announced this years Graduate Student Award winners- Congratulations to you all! Our winners are as follows:

F.J. Nicholson Scholarship – Brian Low

Arthur S. Hawkes Scholarshp in Chemistry – Rajneesh Bains

Ed Shuter Scholarship – Seth Keenan

Edward Piers Memorial Award in Organic Chemistry – Ryoga Hojo

Brian and Jane James Graduate...

Dr. Allan Bertram Receives UBC 2023 Distinguished University Scholar Award

Congratulations to Dr. Allan Bertram for being named as a UBC Distinguished University Scholar for 2023!

The Distinguished University Scholar program takes place every two years and recognizes members of UBC Faculty who have distinguished themselves as exceptional scholars. An adjudication panel recommends the individuals, who are then have the designation conferred by the President.

Dr. Bertram is an outstanding and innovative scholar whose accomplishments have had a...

Chemistry LST Wins the Safety Achievement Award

Congratulations to the Chemistry Local Safety Team (LST) for being awarded The Safety Achievement Award this year at Safety Day!

Specifically, the award recognized the 2-point seismic upgrades for large equipment housed in the Chemistry Complex, such as chemical fridges, compressed gas cylinders, liquid nitrogen Dewar’s, etc. Over 175 upgrades with the collaboration of the CHEM Machine Shop, Building Operations and the CHEM LST were done since the start of the project. This is a major...

Congratulations to the Graduate Research Symposium Poster Winners

Congratulations to the poster prize winners of the Chemistry Graduate Research Symposium 2023! 


Chie Nakayama - Poster Title: Infrared Depletion Spectroscopy of Methyl Lactate in Superfluid Helium Droplets

Seiya Ota - Poster Title: Pt Chemistry with a Twist: Extended π-Conjugated Ligands in Cyclometalated Complexes

Siyuan Xie - Poster Title: Exploring Metal-Metal Cooperation in CO2 Electrocatalysis: From Surface...

Congratulations Raksha Kandel!

Raksha Kandel (PhD student in the MacLachlan group) won first prize for her poster at the International Symposium on Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry (ISMSC) held June 25-29, 2023 in Reykjavik, Iceland. The photo shows Raksha receiving her award from Sir J. Fraser Stoddart, 2016 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry.

Congratulations Raksha!

Congratulations UTA Award Recipients!

Congratulations to Raymond, Ava, Navreet, Kate, Jenicia, and Luigi for receiving this year's Undergraduate TA awards. This award is given to undergraduate TAs who go above and beyond when teaching students taking our courses. Their exceptional dedication, leadership, and passion when engaging and helping our students is invaluable in supporting our teaching mission. Well deserved!

Russ Algar Receives the 2023 PerkinElmer Analytical Sciences and Spectroscopy Award

Professor Russ Algar has been selected as the recipient of the 2023 PerkinElmer Analytical Sciences and Spectroscopy Award.

This award is given to a Canadian Scientist for significant achievements in the fundamental development of instrumentation or techniques, or for the novel application of spectroscopy, spectrometry or analytical sciences to analytical problems in industry, medicine, the environment, or related fields.

Congratulations Russ!

Congratulations Ujas Acharya!

Congratulations to Ujas Acharya for receiving the C3 General Student Scholarship!

The C3 General Student Scholarship is designed to help a student pursue studies at a Canadian College or University (or other post-secondary educational institution) in science, and to raise the profile of College Chemistry Canada. More info on the award here>


Congratulations Undergraduate Research Award Winners!

At the CHEM 449 & RLE Reception, Takeo Iwase and Jared Litman received the Michael Fryzuk Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Chemistry Research Award for their outstanding contributions towards undergraduate research in the department. 

Congratulations to both, we wish them all the best for their future endeavours.















Undergraduate student Takeo...

Dr. Andrea Terpstra receives 2022/23 Killam Teaching Prize

Congratulations to Dr. Andrea Terpstra for being selected as the recipient of a 2022-2023 UBC Killam Teaching Prize. This honour is in recognition of Dr. Terpstra's outstanding achievement as a teacher and is a reflection of her enthusiasm for teaching and commitment to her students. This honour will be recognized at the May Graduation Ceremony.

Congratulations Dr. Terpstra!

Dr. Zac Hudson Receives Killam Teaching Prize 2022-2023

Congratulations to Dr. Zachary Hudson for being selected as the recipient of a 2022-2023 UBC Killam Teaching Prize. This honour is in recognition of Dr. Hudson's outstanding achievement as a teacher and is a reflection of his enthusiasm for teaching and commitment to his students. This honour will be recognized at the May Graduation Ceremony.

Congratulations Dr. Hudson!

Congratulations Zac Hudson!

Congratulations to Associate Professor Zac Hudson for being a recipient of the the Charles A. McDowell award!

Dr. Hudson’s research on optoelectronic materials spans the fields of organic, inorganic, and physical chemistry, polymer science, and nanomaterials. He works with other researchers in chemistry, engineering and the life sciences to bring his lab’s discoveries to life in functional devices, fluorescent analyses or new chemical transformations.

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Paul Heine receives 3rd place at the AMS 23rd Conference on Air-Sea

Congratulations to Paul Heine, PhD student (Nadine Borduas-Dedekind group), who has received 3rd place in the AMS 23rd Conference student poster presentation competition for his presentation "The Oxidative Fate of Organic Selenium over Marine Environments".


Selenium (Se) is an essential element for human health and has an important marine component to its biogeochemical cycle...

Dr. Miguel Romero Receives the Alumni Builder Award

Congratulations to Dr. Miguel A. Romero who is a recipient of the 2022-23 Alumni Builder Award!

Created in 2017 as part of the 100th year of alumni UBC, the Alumni Builder Awards recognize a cross-section of alumni representing both campuses who have significantly contributed to the university and enriched the lives of others, and in doing so, have supported alumni UBC’s vision of a global alumni community for an exceptional UBC and a better world. Read...

José Rodriguez Nύñez Receives the Margaret-Ann Armour Award for Early Career Chemistry Education

Congratulations to José Rodriguez Nύñez for receiving the 2023 Margaret-Ann Armour Award for Early Career Chemistry Education!

This award is presented in memory of Dr. Margaret-Ann Armour as a mark of recognition to an early career educator who has made an outstanding contribution in Canada to undergraduate education primarily at the post-secondary level in the chemical sciences, chemical engineering, or chemical technology.