Ask a Laureate

Calling all high school students and teachers! Did you know that the Department of Chemistry holds an annual outreach event for high school students and the general public? The Laureate Events include the Lunch with a Laureate Essay Contest and Ask a Laureate Lectures.  The 7th Annual Ask a Laureate Lectures will take place Friday May 12, 2017.

High school students grades 11 & 12 are especially encouraged to take part in the Lunch with a Laureate Essay Contest. Timely and progressive essay topics have been chosen that can be connected to the Ontario high school curriculum. Up to 18 students will be selected by a panel of University of Toronto chemists to receive the Chemistry Scholar Award and attend a celebration luncheon with the Laureates. Teachers who mentor student winners are selected to receive the Chemistry Mentor Award.

The Laureates are award-winning chemists who are helping to transform our world with their discoveries and innovations. This is an unparalleled opportunity to interact with these pioneers of science. At the Ask a Laureate Lectures they will explain their research in an accessible, easy-to-understand manner, and attendees have the opportunity to ask questions during the Q & A session that follows each lecture.

This is a free event that takes place on the St. George (downtown) campus of the University of Toronto.  Essay submission deadline is April 13, 2017.

 Everyone is welcome to attend the lectures, even if not participating in the essay contest.

Please see our website for more details and essay contest topics.