Go ahead, ask a chemistry grad

“How do you come up with ideas?” “Have you discovered any interesting stuff?” “What’s the most dangerous chemical you’ve worked with?” These are just a few of the irreproachable questions asked — and answered — through a new science outreach program run by Department of Chemistry students introducing high schoolers to grad school chemistry. Faced with a shuttered research enterprise and a bit more time on their hands than they are comfortable with, the department’s grad students and postdocs sought a way to make their days more productive. They created Chem-STEM, a virtual, half-hour Q&A session that presents their academic lives in broad brush strokes for high school students with little idea of what graduate students do all day.