Chemistry and Biochemistry

National Chemistry Week

National Chemistry Week will take place the week of October 21 – 26, 2019, in the Benson (Ezra Taft) Building. 

The theme this year is: "Marvelous Metals." The activities and programs are sponsored by the Central Utah Section of the American Chemical Society. Activities 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 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, beginning October 8th. For group reservations (10 - 20 tickets) please call 801-422-3667 or 801-422-6268.  

TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE BEGINNING TUESDAY, OCTOBER 8th at NOON. To request magic show tickets, please click here.

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

Monday, October 21
5:30 in W112
6:30 in W111
Tuesday, October 22
6:30 in W112
7:30 in W111
Wednesday, October 23 
6:30 in W112
7:30 in W111
Thursday, October 24
6:30 in W112
7:30 in W111
Friday, October 25
6:30 in W112
7:30 in W140

Magic Show Presenters


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

Click here to purchase your 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. Steven Wood

Lecture title: "The Periodic Table: 150 Years of Serving up the Elements in an Orderly Fashion -- With Style"

Tuesday, October 22 at 4 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 Fishbowl (W170 BNSN) on Friday, October 25th. 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 21 - 26 from 11 - 2 p.m. and from 6 - 9 p.m. in the main hall of the Benson Building.

Chem4Kids hands-on chemistry activities for children ages 4-12:  This will be taking place on Saturday, October 26, at 10am, in the Children's Room at the Provo City Library (550 N University Ave, Provo). 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. 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 contact YChem via

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

Last updated 18 September 2019