Celebrate Chem-O-Ween and Mole Day October 23

Celebrate Chem-O-Ween Saturday, October 23 from 1:00-3:15 p.m. with Kent State’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry!  Chem-O-Ween is our spooky celebration of Mole Day and the end of National Chemistry Week!  

Join our marvelous undergraduate chemistry majors over melty pizza and gruesome refreshments as our mad scientists present their spine-chilling research in the Integrated Sciences Building lobby. Next, the Wizard of Chemistry will provide an in-depth discussion on amazing careers in chemistry and biochemistry! Troll through our Haunted Labs to witness hair-raising science demos and spooky sorcery created from our witchy cauldrons of magic potions and frightening spells.

Goblins who survive the Haunted Lab Tour will be rewarded with Trick-or-Treat bags and inexplicable (or not?) liquid nitrogen I-scream (ice-cream)! Some lucky ghouls can win prizes like monster moles and superhero Kent State lab coats from the department’s Genius Genie of Chemistry. Chem-O-Ween concludes with a bang as our zombie pumpkins carve themselves into exploding Jack-O-Lanterns on the Student Green!

If you are attending Preview KSU Day, it’s okay to arrive later to Chem-O-Ween but make sure to pre-register and stop by our registration table in the Integrated Sciences Building to sign in once your event concludes. See below for the schedule of events.

Space is limited so register now for Chem-O-Ween! Please click on the appropriate registration link for your student status.

  • Prospective undergraduates (aka high school students) should register here. 

  • Current chemistry undergraduate students and Kent State undergraduates interested in changing their major to chemistry should sign up here.  

Contact chemug@kent.edu or 330-672-2405 with any questions. 


When: Saturday, October 23, 1-3:15 p.m. (following Preview KSU Day info session)

Where: Integrated Sciences Building and Williams Hall, Kent State University, 1175 E. Summit St., Kent, OH 44243

Purpose: Celebration of Mole Day and the end of National Chemistry Week, undergraduate recruitment for prospective undergraduates (freshmen, sophomore, junior and senior high school students), retention for current majors


1:00 p.m. Mad Scientist Research Poster Session: Chemistry and Biochemistry Faculty and graduate students present their current research/Pizza and refreshments in Integrated Sciences Building lobby

1:45 p.m. Amazing Careers in Chemistry and Biochemistry:  in-depth discussion on careers from Dr. Michael Tubergen, Wizard of Chemistry and Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Kent State University           

2:00 p.m. Haunted Lab Tours for Prospective Undergraduates: Halloween-themed science demos from Faculty and SAACS (Student Affiliates of American Chemical Society)

2:00 p.m. Research Lab Tours for Current Chemistry and Biochemistry Majors

2:45 p.m. Liquid Nitrogen I-Scream (ice-cream) and Trick-or-Treat bags

3:00 p.m. Raffle for prizes from Dr. Christopher Fenk, Genius Genie of Chemistry and Chair, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Kent State University and The Great Exploding Pumpkin Experiment from SAACS on the Student Green outside of the ISB

Be sure to save-the-date for Explore Kent Chemistry Day on Saturday, February 5, 2022 from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Explore Kent Chemistry Day is the best way to meet our students, faculty and advisors in the department, tour our research labs and learn all about life as a Kent State chemistry and biochemistry undergraduate!

POSTED: Monday, October 4, 2021 - 11:30am
UPDATED: Monday, February 7, 2022 - 1:48pm