Meeting/Event Information

    2017 Undergraduate Research Symposium

    December 15, 2017
    8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
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    North Central College, Wentz Science Center
    131 S. Loomis Street
    Naperville, IL 60540

     Chemistry Careers and the Future of Chemistry Symposium

    Ratio Hall, Wentz Science Center, North Central College, Naperville, IL

    Chicago ACS Holiday Meeting Follows

    • Presentations from Chicago ACS Poster Competition Finalists
    • Keynote Addresses from Industry Leaders in Innovation
      • The Lab of the Future – New Technologies for Organic Synthesis
        Dr. Andrew Bogdan | AbbVie
      • Fun with Chemical Puzzles of Life and Disease!Dr. Guarav Chopra | Purdue University
    • Career Fair Roundtable Discussions with Chemistry Professionals

    $5 Registration includes light refreshments at check-in. Lunch on your own at North Central College cafeteria


    Symposium Registration (with coffee & rolls)


    Ratio Hall
    Auditorium Lobby


    Poster-Session Winners Presentations

    Judging by Chicago ACS members

    Grand Prize Winner to be announced at Chicago ACS Dinner Meeting in the evening

    Six presentations of 15-20 min. each

    Ratio Hall
    Auditorium (Room 101)

    11:30am – 12:30pm

    Lunch break (Self Expense)

    Dining Hall Nearby

    12:30 – 1:25pm

    The Lab of the Future – New Technologies for Organic Synthesis

    Dr. Andrew Bogdan | AbbVie

    Ratio Hall
    Auditorium (Room 101)

    1:30 – 2:25pm

    Fun with Chemical Puzzles of Life and Disease!

    Dr. Gaurav Chopra | Purdue University

    Ratio Hall
    Auditorium (Room 101)

    2:30 – 4:00pm

    Career Fair – Roundtable Discussions

    Approx. 10 chemists representing a variety of positions in a variety of organizations (corporate, academic, non-profit, governmental and NGO’s) will be seated at different tables. At each table will be 4-8 students, who will have 8 minutes to ask questions and discuss topics on the guest’s career. After 8 minutes, each group will all rotate to a new table so that all students eventually visit all tables.

    Ratio Hall
    2nd Floor, above Auditorium


    On Friday, December 15, the Chicago Section of the American Chemical Society (Chicago ACS) will host a one-day symposium on Chemistry Careers and the Future of Chemistry. The symposium is intended to attract college undergraduates and high-school seniors, and you have an opportunity to help those students.

    During the day the students will be exposed to research being done by other undergraduates at a poster session. Keynote speakers from academia and industry will discuss cutting edge tools being used by chemists in laboratories and manufacturing. In the afternoon, students will have opportunities, in small groups, to discuss careers with chemistry professionals from business/government/NGOs/academia to learn more about what each professional does and what they enjoy about doing it. Attendees will also have the opportunity to remain for the Chicago ACS December meeting where they can network with ACS members from the entire Chicago area.

    The Chicago ACS College Education Committee is asking you, as a fellow science professional, to please sponsor a student at the Symposium by supporting their $5 Registration fee with a donation. We want to attract as many budding scientists as possible, and this simple gift may be the incentive one or more of them needs in deciding to attend.

    To donate, simply go to the Chicago ACS Sponsorship and Donations webpage ( Once there, click on the  icon at the bottom of the Individual Donationsitem, and when you submit your donation amount ($5 or any multiple of that) be sure to specify that it is for the Sponsor a Student -December 2017 Symposium fund. Thanks for your support.

    If you have questions, feel free to contact the College Education Committee Co-Chairs, Gary Roby or Robert Chapman:

    Gary Roby (email - [email protected]) 630-942-2420
    Robert Chapman, Ph.D. (email – [email protected]) 630-515-6113

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    $5.00 Regular registration

    $5.00 Suggested dontation to support undergraduate attendance (not required)

    $0.00 Support for High School Scholarships

    $50.00 Sponsor a Teacher's Membership in AACT

    $65.00 Sponsor a Teacher's Membership in AACT & Affiliate Membership in Chicago ACS