Physical Chemistry Seminars

Upcoming Physical Chemistry Seminars:

Endowed Seminar Information

Endowed, fund-supported seminars enable us to bring recognized and prestigious researchers to the Department of Chemistry. This allows our students, post-docs, and faculty to hear about the latest groundbreaking discoveries from around the world.


Ferry Lectureship

Photo of John D. Ferry
Photo of John D. Ferry courtesy of The National Academy of Engineering

The John D. Ferry Lectureship in Macromolecular Science fund was established on July 27, 2000 with gifts received from former students and postdoctoral associates through a campaign. Robert F. Landel and Malcolm L. Williams are the two donors who wished to initiate this fund. The purpose of the fund is to support a lectureships in in any phase of macromolecular sciences at the Department of Chemistry. 

This is in honor of Prof. John De Ferry, who was a part of the Department of Chemistry at the UW-Madison from 1946 until his retirement in 1982. 

The Ferry Lectureship Award is given out every year by the Physical Chemistry Path.



John E. Willard Chemistry Lectureship Fund

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Photo of Dr. John Willard courtesy of

The John E. Willard Lectureship fund was established on February 18, 1982, through contributions from former coworkers, students and colleagues of Professor Emeritus John Willard. The funds purpose is to aid the Department of Chemistry in its teaching, research and public service roles. 

John received his Ph.D. in Chemistry in 1935 from UW-Madison. 




McElvain Seminar Fund

Photo of Samuel McElvain
Photo of Samuel McElvain courtesy of The National Academy of Sciences

The McElvain Seminar Fund for The University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Chemistry was established in 1987, with a gift from Dr. Richard D. and Mrs. Karen A. Mullineaux. In 1951,  Dr. Richard Mullineaux received a Ph.D. in Chemistry from UW-Madison.

This fund honors the memory of Emeritus Professor Samuel M. McElvain, a member of the Chemistry faculty 1923-1961.

The McElvain Seminar Series is organized by chemistry graduate students, and is designed to promote candid discussions between students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and prominent visiting scientists from industries and universities across North America.




Richard B. Bernstein Lectureship

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Photo of Richard B. Bernstein courtesy of The National Science and Technology Medals Foundation

This lectureship is funded through a gift made by Mr. Reddy, who requested that it be used for the R.B. Bernstein Lectureship. The gift was in honor of the 60th birthday of Michael J. Berry; a former professor of chemistry at the UW-Madison, and mentor to Mr. Reddy.

Mr. Berry advised Mr. Reddy how the gift might be used by suggesting the Lectureship. R. B. Bernstein; who died in 1991; was also a mentor and friend to Mr. Reddy during and after his student years at the UW-Madison.

The Bernstein Lectureship Award is given out every other year by the Physical Chemistry Path.