244th ACS National Meeting- Sunday Programming

Good morning, National Meeting attendees! It’s a great day here in Philadelphia, and we have an action packed Undergraduate Program for you! I’m sure you’ve already noticed how enormous the ACS National Meeting is, so we’re highlighting some events that you won’t want to miss while you’re here! So, check out the programming below, get started and enjoy!

First, there’s no better way to start off your meeting than with a light Sunday morning breakfast in the Hospitality Center (Liberty Ballroom C/D) at 8:00 a.m.! After you’re fueled, the fun can begin! (All events will be held in the Sheraton unless otherwise noted.)

Graduate School Reality Check I: Getting in
Liberty Ballroom B
8:45 – 9:45 a.m.
Are you considering grad school? If so, do you know how to choose the schools that are right for you, or how to best prepare your application materials? Well, this session will tell you. You’ll hear from a panel comprised of grad students, grad school faculty, grad school recruiters, and industry representatives to find out some tips that will be incredibly helpful in preparing yourself for the application process.

Graduate School Reality Check II: You’re in – Now What?
Liberty Ballroom B
9:45 – 10:30 a.m.
Being successful in grad school doesn’t end with the application process or your acceptance letter. It’s just as important to know how to thrive once you’re there. Grad school is quite different than what you’ve experienced as an undergrad, so this session is a great way to learn exactly what to expect once get in, and how to ultimately conquer grad school to achieve your graduate degree.

Technical Symposium: Detection of Counterfeit Drugs
Liberty Ballroom B
10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
This year’s technical symposium will brings 3 counterfeit drug experts to Philly to talk to you about the chemistry and technology behind the detection of prescription pills, antimalarial medications, and TB drugs and the people who are impacted by the circulation of substandard drugs. We’re expecting this to be an interesting session!

Workshop: Careers in Government
Liberty Ballroom B
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
There are a lot of options out there for those of you who are, or will be, looking for a job in chemistry, and you may or many not have a vague idea of the type of jobs that are offered in different employment sectors. This workshop will feature panelists from the government sector who will discuss the chemistry-related jobs they hold at the FBI, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratories, and ACS Publications. Come to this workshop to find out if a job in government is for you!

Workshop: Careers Skills Training
Freedom Ballroom F
3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Once you graduate you’ll be prepared with the foundation of chemistry knowledge you need to land a job, but you’ll need more than just a background in chemistry to find and maintain employment. Regardless of the type of chemistry work you’ll do (even if it’s in a lab) you’ll need some essential skills that aren’t covered in your general chemistry courses. This workshop will better prepare you for your career by helping you to develop essential skills such as, networking and  leadership skills, as well as business etiquette. You don’t want to miss it!

Networking Social with Graduate School Recruiters
Liberty Ballroom C/D
5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
The networking social is your chance to meet representatives from a variety of grad schools. They’ll be ready to meet you and answer any questions you may have about their graduate programs in the chemical sciences. (And this is a perfect example of why networking skills are so important!)

Double Feature Movie Night: “Carbon for Water” and “The PHD Movie”
Philadelphia Convention Center, Bridge East
6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
After a long day of Undergraduate Programming, this double feature movie night is a perfect opportunity to unwind with your chemistry peers. We’re showing two great films, “Carbon for Water” and “The PHD Movie,” back-to-back. After each film you’ll have the chance to ask questions to Nickolaj Due, from Vestergaard Frandsen, the company featured in “Carbon for Water,” and then Jorge Cham, the director of “The PHD Movie.” We’ll also be have 150 student vouchers available to receive a beer (if you’re 21+, if not we’ll have soda) and a slice of pizza for only $2!!! Get to the event early enough to ensure that you’re among the 150 students to get a voucher! Check out the trailers below:

We promised you action, and you got it! You can find other helpful information about the meeting in the Undergraduate Program Guide, and don’t forget to check back tomorrow for Monday’s National Meeting line-up!

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