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A century ago, Marie Curie became the first scientist ever to win 2 Nobel Prizes. Her spectacular scientific career was achieved despite the obligations of family, extreme prejudice against women, a relentless search for research funding, and the constant battle for recognition that was her due.

Curie Club was founded to help ensure that all scientists are given the opportunity to help shape the future. Curie Club hosts stimulating lectures, career development support, and lively debates to support and inspire the next generation of scientists.

Upcoming Events: 

Curie Club and ChemSAC Coffee Chat - Wednesday, January 24, 2024, 10:00 am – 11:30 am, HEB 2040

Curie Club and ChemSAC Coffee Chat - Wednesday, February 21, 2024, 10:00 am – 11:30 am, HEB 2040

Curie Club Alumni Speaker – Wednesday, March 13, 2024, 10:45 am, Seminar Room, TBBC  - Rochelle F. H. Bohaty, PhD, Branch Supervisor, Risk Assessment Branch 1, Existing Chemicals Risk Assessment Division, Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Curie Club and ChemSAC Coffee Chat - Wednesday, March 20, 2024, 10:00 am – 11:30 am, HEB 2040

Curie Club and ChemSAC Coffee Chat - Tuesday, April 16, 2024, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm, HEB 2040

Curie Club and ChemSAC Coffee Chat - Tuesday, May 21, 2024, 10:00 am – 11:30 am, HEB 2040

Curie Club Round Table Q&A - Thursday, September 5th, 2024, noon, TBBC 4429 - Dr. Dipa Kalyani, Principal Scientist at Merck

Past Events: 

Curie Club - Talking Points: Refining Seminar Skills - Wednesday, November 8, 2023, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Seminar Room TBBC 4630

Description: Need to practice your seminar skills? Join us for a few rounds of Talking Points, a game from Jackbox Party pack 7 where you are placed in teams to give a short, improvised presentation on a fun prompt suggested by your peers. This event will give you practice thinking on your feet when presenting with a strong emphasis on nailing slide transitions and no professional pressure to talk about science. The practice from this event will carry over to the next time you need to give a seminar or oral presentation at a conference. RSVP here.

Curie Club and ChemSAC Coffee Chat - Tuesday, November 14, 2023, 8:30 am - 10:30 am, HEB 2040

Curie Club Outreach Award Q&A - Tuesday, December 5, 2023, 10:00 am - 11:00 am, HEB 2040

Curie Club - The Chemistry Nobel Laureates Panel Discussion - Tuesday, December 12, 2023, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm, Seminar Room TBBC 4630

Description: The Chemistry Nobel Laureates Panel Discussion is a forum where professors, students, postdocs, and grad students meet to explore the latest Nobel Prize awards in the field of chemistry in 2023. This event allows participants to explore the laureates' ground-breaking research, analyze their innovative findings, and reflect on the broad implications of their work. It's a dynamic platform for intellectual discussion and fosters a greater comprehension of cutting-edge chemistry developments. Join us for a lively discussion that piques interest and stokes the desire for scientific inquiry. RSVP here


Curie Club Outreach Award: 

This award will fund ($100-1,000) graduate students' projects to bring chemistry to the community. As chemistry graduate students, we are passionate about this cool science, but sometimes, we fall short when engaging with the public. Think about ideas to show people how fun and exciting Chemistry is. This is your chance to make them real, and as a plus, these kinds of projects look good on resumés as they show your ability to lead. Applications are due January 15th.                       

                                                                                                                             The winner of the 2024 award is Aria Ballance!

                             Please join us for a Q&A session on December 5th (Tuesday) from 10:00 am to 11:00 am, HEB 2040



Building an Inclusive Community

We support all scientists pursuing careers in science. We aim to help all scientists balance the competing challenges of family, the pursuit of scientific discovery, and the battle for research funding.

Visit the laboratory dedicated to Marie Curie and women scientists in the new Thatcher Biological and Biophysical Chemistry (TBBC) building. Curie Club members' names are displayed in the TBBC. 



Supporting Inclusion in Science

Funds can support the creation of the Curie U Chemistry Graduate Fellowships, the Curie Endowed Chair, or other programs that build and retain an inclusive community in our department. Curie Club will promote student success and support the quality, strength, and diversity of scientific research and the U Chemistry's outstanding contribution to science.

Give by Mail

Send a check or money order to:

University of Utah Advancement Office
Department of Chemistry
Please note special instructions for allocation: “Curie Club”                              
P.O. Box 58006
Salt Lake City, UT 84158

Give by credit card




All interested parties are welcome to join the Curie Club, from high school to post-doc education levels. Please lend your passion, intellect, and caring to this cause. Your involvement and support will help to inspire the next generation of scientists whose work will shape our future.

2023-2024 Curie Club Committee Members

Jessica Swanson, Chair

Matt Sigman

Nelly Divricean



Last Updated: 3/26/24