A highlight of GCURS are the Keynote Speakers for each Division. The Keynote Speakers are generally Rice faculty presenting their research findings.
Dr. K.C. Nicolaou was the Keynote Speaker for the Chemistry division in 2013. He has received many awards including the Nemitsas Prize, Cyprus, 2014; Einstein Professorship, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China, 2014; Rolf Sammet Guest Professorship, Frankfurt, Germany, 2014; Foreign Member of the Royal Society of London, UK, 2013, ACS (New Jersey Section) Creativity in Molecular Design and Synthesis Award, 2012; and several other awards and honors.