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Sources: Eric Maatta, 785-532-6665,;
and Ryzsard Jankowiak, 785-532-6785,
Pronouncer: Ryszard Jankowiak is RISH-ard yan-KOH-vee-ack

Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010


MANHATTAN -- Energy-related issues and research related to the disciplines of chemistry, physics and chemical engineering will be the focus of Kansas State University's fourth annual Chemistry Symposium for high school and community college students Thursday, April 15.

The symposium is free and includes breakfast, lunch and a T-shirt. Space is limited, though, to about 90 students and teachers. Those wishing to attend must register in advance. Complete details and registration information can be found at

Activities start with registration and a complimentary breakfast at 8:30 a.m. in the Hemisphere Room on the fifth floor of K-State's Hale Library. Presentations and discussions will follow on topics including biofuels, nanotechnology, solar energy conversion and green energy. Lunch will be provided at noon, and then participants will visit K-State research laboratories and view relevant demonstrations between 1-3 p.m.

K-State's Chemistry Symposium was started by Ryszard Jankowiak, K-State professor of chemistry, and Valeria Converse, principal of Hanover High School, as part of an effort to stimulate interest in chemistry and related sciences, and to encourage students to consider careers in these fields. The annual symposia have attracted students and teachers from all across Kansas and the Kansas City metro area.

The 2010 Chemistry Symposium is sponsored by the National Science Foundation; K-State's departments of chemistry, physics and chemical engineering; and the office of the K-State vice president for research.