Chemistry and Biochemistry

National Chemistry Week


National Chemistry Week will take place the week of October 20 – 26, 2019, on Brigham Young University Campus. The theme this year is: "Marvelous Metals." The activities and programs are sponsored by the Central Utah Section of the American Chemical Society. Activities may include chemical magic shows, a "hands-on workshop" especially for children, a symposium, and a research poster session with reception. National Chemistry Week is celebrated annually during the fourth full week of October (Sunday through Saturday) by ACS local sections. It is designed to enhance public awareness of chemistry's contributions to society and to our everyday lives. 



Chemistry Magic Shows

These will be held in the Benson Science Building on BYU campus. 

Each show will last about one hour. The demonstrations are proven crowd-pleasers illustrating important principles of chemistry. Tickets are free, and we invite all teachers, students, parents, scout troops, and members of the general public to attend. Since seating is limited, tickets are required. Ticket reservations can be made online at beginning October 9th. For group reservations (10 - 20 tickets) please call 801-422-3667 or 801-422-6268.  

TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE BEGINNING OCTOBER 8th, 2018 AT 1:30 pm. To request magic show tickets, click here.

Shows will be held in rooms W111 or W112 in the Ezra Taft Benson Building at BYU on the following dates:

Monday, Oct. 22
6:30 PM 
7:30 PM
Tuesday, Oct. 23
6:30 PM
7:30 PM
Wednesday, Oct. 24
6:30 PM 
7:30 PM 
Thursday, Oct. 25
6:30 PM 
7:30 PM 
Friday, Oct. 26
6:30 PM 
7:30 PM 


Magic Show Presenters

Monday, 22nd:  6:30 pm (Stacey Smith); 7:30 pm (Daniel Ess)
Tuesday, 23rd:  6:30 pm (Pam Van Ry); 7:30 pm (Ken Christensen)
Wednesday, 24th:  6:30 pm (Kara Stowers); 7:30 pm (David Dearden)
Thursday, 25th: 6:30 pm (Wally Paxton); 7:30 pm (Josh Price)
Friday, 26th:  6:30 pm (Jeff Macedone); 7:30 pm (Roger Harrison)

For more resources and information about National Chemistry Week, visit the American Chemical Society’s web page at

Click here for tickets. If there are no tickets available, stand-by seating opens 5 minutes before each show. Tickets are released periodically, rather than all at once, to allow everyone the opportunity to request some. Keep checking every few days for newly available tickets.

Where is the BNSN and where can I park?

Have you taken a close look at the National Chemistry Week display case in the Fishbowl (W170 BNSN)?



Distinguished Symposium Lecturer: 

This year: Dr. Denise Stephens, BYU Associate Professor of Astronomy

Tuesday, October 23rd

4:00-5:00 pm in W140 BNSN

Research Poster Session

This is a great chance to learn more about the 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 26th. A reception will be held that afternoon from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Y-Chem will be selling $1 liquid nitrogen ice cream, chemistry t-shirts, and limited edition chemistry mugs October 23 - 27 from 11 - 2 p.m. and from 6 - 9 p.m. in the main hall of the Benson Building.

Kids’ Hands-On Chemistry Workshop: Saturday, October 27, 10 am – 12 noon at the Provo Library, Children’s Story Room. This workshop will be filled with fun, safe, hands-on activities.

Have a chemist visit your classroom! The Central Utah Section offers short presentations about chemistry for schools. These school demonstrations are similar to the Chemical Magic shows, but on a more limited scale due. We will not be able to schedule any of these classroom visits until after National Chemistry Week. If you'd like some chemical magic brought directly to your students in your own classroom, please fill out a demo request form.

For more resources and information about National Chemistry Week, visit the American Chemical Society’s web page at

Last updated 8 October 2018