Hello all, and welcome to the first official day of Undergraduate Programming at the 243rd ACS National Meeting in San Diego! If you haven’t checked out the Sunday program, you should: there is a ton of great information in there.
Our first piece of advice is bring some snack bars. You’re going to get hungry and going from 8 am to 11 pm will take its toll. However, if you forgot your snacks, you’ll love this first event:
Making the Most of Your First ACS National Meeting
8:00 – 8:45 a.m.
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.
We wrote a little about this yesterday, but since you’re here, we’ll tell you there is breakfast at this event. And in this case, breakfast includes Rice Krispie Treats.
And what’s breakfast without a little coffee?
Technical Symposium: Chemistry in a Cup o’ Java
9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Marisa mentioned this in her post, and we’ll let her do the talking:
What I’m really looking forward to (other than the San Diego weather) is attending the Chemistry in a Cup o’ Java technical symposium on Sunday, March 25th. As a passionate coffee drinker, myself, I’m always interested in learning more about the tasty stimulant. I hear that coffee aroma and coffee processing chemistry will be the main topics of discussion. I’m definitely adding this to my ACS national meeting itinerary.
We agree! The only thing better than science or coffee is science and coffee!
Coffee is especially important if you plan to attend grad school. Speaking of which…
Networking Social with Graduate School Recruiters
3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
We don’t know where you are on your graduate school timeline (here’s a more detailed one from the Princeton Review), but if you are planning to, or even thinking of, attending graduate school, you have quite a bit of research to do, and soon. Page 5 of the Undergraduate Program Guide pdf has a list of graduate schools attending, and we suggest you look that over before you attend.
A few tips before you go:
- Don’t try to impress the recruiter with your GPA or GRE score, your research, or your extracurricular activities. When it comes time for those things, they will ask you.
- Instead, have some questions about the school. Here are some really good questions. You are there to find things out, not to sell your talents.
- Finally, at the end of your conversation, hand the recruiter your business card, and ask for one of theirs. Follow up with a thank you note about two weeks after the meeting.
By this point, you’ll be tired. Get a snack and rest up for tonight because…
Student Chapter Awards Ceremony + Undergraduate Social
Ceremony from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Social from 8:30-11 p.m.
Make sure you head to the ceremony to accept your award for all of the hard work you’ve done throughout the year, or attend to cheer on your fellow chemists. You’ve never seen so many undergraduate chemists in one room…
Did you know Undergraduates have been a part of ACS for 75 years? That deserves a party…so continue the celebration at the social….
We’ve posted on this, but its worth mentioning again. There’s still time to request songs at the social, and its a great way to wind down after a long day. Come and have some fun, you’ve earned it!
See you tonight!
If you’re looking forward to tomorrow, You should check out the Guide for Monday and Tuesday. Of special note:
Graduate School Recruiting Breakfast
8:00 – 10:00 a.m.
If you want to network with Graduate School Recruiters, you have another opportunity! And did we mention breakfast?
Undergraduate Research Poster Session
San Diego Convention Center
12:00 noon – 2:30 p.m.
There are 2,418 undergraduates presenting their research at this meeting. This is the largest undergraduate poster session you have ever seen, we promise!
Eminent Scientist Lecture
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Kimberly Prather, Distinguished Chair in Atmospheric Chemistry at the University of California-San Diego, will discuss, “Our changing climate: Breaking waves in the lab.”
Undergraduate Networking Session with Industrial Chemists
4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
If you want to know more about careers in Chemistry, you should talk to the people who have one.
Sci-Mix/ Successful Student Chapter Poster Session
8:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Find out how successful student chapters got so successful.