Department of Chemistry and Physics

Chemistry Tutoring: Spring 2018!

The ACS student affiliates are offering tutoring sessions.

Jones Observatory Spring 2018 Schedule.

Join us to experience and discover the wonders of our universe! You can contact Mr. Jack Pitkin at 423.425.4518 or if you have any questions.


Congratulations to our Fall 2017 Graduates!

There were six departmental students participating in fall 2017 commencement and 11 graduates. Isam Ghazi, Andrea Hixson, William Hutcheson, Zack Keltch, Tyler Khan, Lee Mcmains, Morgan Murphy, Andrew Parratt, William Parsons, Brinda Patel, and Amanda Scott are graduates from the department. Please join me in congratulating our students!


UTC Jones Observatory activities in Fall 2017!

The Fall 2017 public night outreach program conducted at the UTC Jones Observatory came to an end Sunday night.  We conducted 6 public night presentations and served approximately 163 people. This is an average of 27 guests per presentation. Mr. Jack Pitkin with a host of volunteers manages the observatory that provides the campus and community an opportunity to experience the wonders of space.


Student Presents at Materials Research Society 2017.

Alex Waters presents at the annual conference with Dr. Tatiana Allen. The conference was held from 26 November to 1 December in Boston, Massachusetts.


Honoring our Retiring Faculty!

The department gathered to honor our distinquished members who have served the department in teaching, research and service. Dr. Rob Mebane, Dr. Gail Meyer, and Dr. Harriet Hamilton will be truly missed.


2017  Southeastern Section of the American Physical Society.

Physics research faculty and students attened the meeting in Milledgeville, Georgia. The physics students traveled to present their research conducted during the past year!


2017 Southeast Region Meeting of the American Chemical Society.

Chemistry research faculty and students attended the meeting held in Charlotte, North Carolina. The students have been been working since summer in preparation for this event!


Three Chemistry Graduates Chosen!

Dr. Rybolt shared this article with the department and found three graduates chosen as among the best in the past 100 years. Tennessee Alumnus magazine, celebrating its 100th birthday.

Grote                                          schmidt                                    weber

Irvine Grote                                              Diane Schmidt                                 Randal Weber

Scientist                                                      Scientist and Inventor                     Surgeon

1922                                                              1967                                                    1974



Physics Club in Action!

The physics students are at the Creative Discovery Museum! They were giving demonstrations and enjoying the excitement of the visitors!



Chemistry Club in Action!

The ACS student affiliates were in action in the Creative Discovery Museum! This afiliaton has been ongoing for over 10 years!


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 Fall 2017 Undergraduate Research Program Posters.

The department held its fall poster day in Grote Hall on 27 October. This event gave the students an opportunity to share their experiences during the summer and display the data they collected during their time in the laboratory. The research students will be taking their research to present at their conferences in the next year.

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Open House and Post-mole day Celebration!

We had a wonderful turnout! It gave the department an opportunity to relax while enjoying lunch. We were able to meet and get to know the incoming majors as well as to catchup with current majors.

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 Sigma PI Sigma Honors Alex and Evyn!