National Chemistry Week will take place October 19–25, with several events will be held on Brigham Young University campus sponsored by the Central Utah Section of the American Chemical Society.

Activities will include: chemical magic shows, a hands-on workshop for kids, a symposium hosted by the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and a research poster session with reception.

This year’s theme, “The Sweet Side of Chemistry—Candy,” will showcase the chemistry involved in confection and candy making.

Chemical magic shows, hosted by BYU’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, will be held Monday through Friday, October 20–24, in W111 and W112 Ezra Taft Benson Building (BNSN). Although the events are free, seating is limited and tickets will be required. Tickets can be reserved online at or by calling the Chemistry Department office (801.422.3667).

The Central Utah Section of ACS will present a symposium, “The Chemistry of Food” on Thursday, October 23 from 3 to 5 p.m. in W140 Benson Building.

The annual Research Poster Session is a great chance to learn more about current research in the Central Utah Section by faculty-mentored student research groups. This year’s posters will be on display in the Benson Building lobby on Friday, October 24. A reception will be held that afternoon from 4 to 6 p.m.

This weeklong event ends Saturday, October 25, with a hands-on chemistry workshop for kids. All children are invited to be chemists for the afternoon. The walk-in workshop will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. in the children’s section of the Provo City Library.

National Chemistry Week is celebrated annually during the third full week of October by ACS local sections. It is designed to enhance public awareness of chemistry’s contributions to society and to our everyday lives. For more resources and information about National Chemistry Week, visit the American Chemical Society’s webpage at


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