ACS National Meeting- Monday Programming

Good morning, and welcome to the second full day of undergraduate programming at the 243rd ACS National Meeting!  Sunday went by fast, and today will as well, so get out there and get a good breakfast.  Hey, speaking of breakfast…

Graduate School Recruiting Breakfast
Sails Pavilion
8:00 – 10:00 a.m. (All times are Pacific Standard Time unless otherwise noted)

In case you didn’t get a chance to network with graduate school recruiters yesterday, take the opportunity to do so now.  Breakfast is free, and in true San Diego style they are serving the most wonderful of breakfast foods, breakfast burritos.

the ultimate in hand held meals!

In case you missed our advice on talking to recruiters yesterday, your goal is to ask good questions about the schools who sent the recruiters, not to try to make yourself look good.  And bring business cards.  If you don’t have them (and its pretty hard to get them before 8 am), write your name and e-mail address legibly on a few index cards or stiff pieces of paper.  It won’t look great, but it will do for now.

Outreach Workshop: Chemists Celebrate Earth Day (CCED) Ideas
Room 4
9:45 – 11:15 a.m.

We know you love doing demonstrations and sharing chemistry with the public (more on this later), and here is a great way to do both…and support Earth Day.  Experts will give suggestions on how to make your next Earth Day Outreach a hit.

Undergraduate Research Poster Session
San Diego Convention Center
12:00 noon – 2:30 p.m.

This is going to be a big poster session.  How big?


Seriously, look at the size of that poster session.  With almost 2,500 Undergraduate Poster presenters, you can’t walk into that room without learning something.  See who’s doing work in your field and talk to them- they may be able to help you.

How to Safely Blow Up a House
1:30– 4:20 pm
San Diego Marriott Marquis and Marina

Yep, you read that right.  This is a session on how to blow up a house.  Why wouldn’t you go to this event?

Job Searching with Social Media
2-3 pm, EST

For those of you starting your career search, you have a leg up thanks to your social media awareness.  Take an extra leg up and  join this webinar about putting those skills to good use!

Eminent Scientist Lecture
Room 20D
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Where do chemists work?  Did you say the lab?  How about in a plane?

Join Kim Prather as she talks about her discoveries concerning climate change and her work in chemistry on her plane, the C-130 “Shirley”.

Oh, and if you’re not in San Diego with us, you should watch the lecture online.

Undergraduate Networking Session with Industrial Chemists
Room 20D,
4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

We know you’re concerned about careers.  That’s why we’ve invited 13 industrial and government leaders to discuss career paths in chemistry.  Top executives from Dow, Pfizer, Eastman, the US Department of Energy, and others will be on hand to talk about making your way as a chemist.  Once again, bring business cards and good questions.

Corporation Associates Event_flyer

Sci-Mix/ Successful Student Chapter Poster Session
Hall D
8:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Your ACS Student chapter has done cool things all year, haven’t you?  Well, you are one of a great group of student chapters who do cool things all year, and this is where they show it.  Drop by to see what other student chapters are doing and maybe get some great ideas!

What a day!  By now you’re probably exhausted.  Get some rest, there’s lots going on tomorrow!

Our picks:

Planning Your Job Search
8:30–9:45 AM
Hall C

In fact, you should take a look at everything that ACS Careers has to offer at the National Meeting.  There’s also a section in the Program Guide about ACS Careers short courses.

Surviving Chemistry with Humor-Jorge Cham
Room 10, broadcast live at
11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon

Jorge Cham is best known for his popular newspaper and web comic strip Piled Higher and Deeper. Featured
on NPR, he has been syndicated in several university newspapers and in four published book collections.

Oh, and he used to be a chemistry grad student.  No wonder we like this guy!

Chemistry and the Environment Film Series: Climate Refugees: The Human Face of Climate Change
Room 20D
12:00 noon – 2:00 p.m.
Producer/director/writer Michael Nash traveled the world documenting the effects of mass human movements. The thought-provoking film explores questions of the destination of a refugee, who is responsible for those displaced, and where refugees can go. A discussion will follow the screening.

Oh yeah, and there will be hot dogs.

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See you tomorrow!


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