The Randolph T. Major Symposium was started by an endowment from Merck and Company, Inc. in 1976 following the death of Randolph T. Major. Dr. Randolph Major, a research professor at the University of Connecticut from 1970 to 1976, played a significant role in the development of research programs at Merck.
Over the last 40 years, the R. T. Major Symposium has been a signature event in the Department of Chemistry. In addition to featuring topics of interest in the traditional areas of chemistry, it has a strong interdisciplinary component. We regard this event as an opportunity to celebrate our academic and research efforts, and we encourage participation from colleagues in other disciplines.