Welcome to the ACS National Meeting! Saturday….

Hello from San Diego!  If you’re at the meeting, welcome,we’re glad you’re here!  The Undergraduate Program doesn’t officially begin until tomorrow, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to do!  Here are a few suggestions for your first night at the 243rd ACS  National Meeting in San Diego:

1. Attend the San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering’s Expo Day at Petco Park

Join over 20,000 kids, families, scientists, engineers, educators, and other members of the San Diego community for the San Diego Festival of Science “Grand Slam Science Finale” at Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres and less than a block away from the San Diego Convention Center.  ACS will have a booth there, and we will be joined by over 100 other exhibitors.  Join us for a day of education and fun!

2. Visit some great San Diego sites

You’re in San Diego!  Enjoy yourself!  We recommend getting down to the beach, especially if you just came in from somewhere cold.  If not, San Diego is of course home to the world famous San Diego Zoo.  Of course, if you don’t want to go far, the Gaslamp District is mere blocks from the convention center and full of great food and entertainment.

3. Eat some good food

You’re going to be very busy the next two days, so if you want to check out some neat local restaurants, now is the time!  If you are looking for our favorite suggestions, you should consult page 11 of the Undergraduate Program Guide.

4. Plan for tomorrow

You have a busy day ahead of you!  Go out for dinner, get some exercise, then turn in early, your day starts at 8 am!  Get the Sunday program here, but first, here are our suggestions:

Making the Most of Your First Undergraduate Meeting– 8 am, Room 20D- Students receive tips on how to get the most out of their national meeting experience — where to go, what to see, things to do — from experienced faculty and students.  And in case you’re worried it will be boring, here is a video with demos from one of the speakers (we highly recommend jumping to ~ 1 min, then to 1:50, and don’t miss ~ 3:30):

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Chemistry Demo Exchange– Hall E, 10:30-12 noon.  Student chapters share tips and demonstrate ways to incorporate ordinary household materials into educational hands-on demonstrations for use in science and outreach activities.

ACS Chapter Awards Ceremony- Sails Pavilion, 7:00 pm- 8:30 pm- This annual ceremony honors chapters that have been recognized for their accomplishments during the 2010–2011 academic year.

Undergraduate Social– Ballroom 20 B, C, & D 8:30 – 11:00 p.m.- Its food, fun, and dancing.  Why wouldn’t you be there? By the way, check out the post we did on this already!

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