End-of-the-Year Wrap-Up

Happy Boxing Day, loyal readers!

We’ve had a great time getting to know you, our readers and our writers, and we look forward to a great 2013. And here are a few things for you to look forward to as well!

What’s to come in 2013:

  1. The 245th National Meeting in New Orleans!
    The American Chemical Society (ACS) returns to the Crescent City for its 245th National Meeting. We’ll be featuring a robust Undergraduate Program, which we encourage you to attend! And if your chapter hasn’t applied for the National Meeting Travel Grant, you should get on that; the award is $300 for all active chapters with at least one student presenting. Also, be sure to enter the Communicating Chemistry: Cajun Cooking Contest. You can find more information on the event’s website. 

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  1. Apply for a Community Interaction Grant or for an Innovative Activity Grant
    Does your chapter perform work in the community, like chemistry demonstrations at local schools or water monitoring of local streams? If so, we encourage you to research and apply for our two grants, the Innovative Activities Grant and the Community Interactions Grant. These grants fund new activities and outreach to minority and economically disadvantaged schools, respectively. Let us fund your plans next year!
  2. Apply for an Internship
    Many internships have their application due dates in mid-January. If you haven’t already started applying for internships or REUs for this summer, you should start now. You can use our Get Experience site to jump-start your summer plans. Hurry, the good ones go fast!

The Past Year:

We’ve had a great year on the blog. The views have been counted, the critics ignored. Here are your favorite posts of 2012:

  1. The Chemistry of BBQ — Many of you spent the summer warming up the grill, and Daryl made sure it was an educational experience with his debut post, which was also our most-viewed post!
  2. The Chemistry of Fall’s Foliage — Who doesn’t love the colors of fall? And the chemistry behind them? Daryl once again brings the science behind this fall phenomenon to life.
  3. Who Are Your Favorite Fictional Chemists? Here Are Ours! — We had a poll at the end to see who everyone’s favorite fictional chemist was. To the surprise of absolutely no one, it was Walter White.
  4. Dippin’ Dots: A Simple Guide — The guide may have been simple, but there is nothing simple about your love for homemade Dippin’ Dots! Michael Kraft of the University of Texas at Dallas showed us that chemistry is more fun when enjoying space-age ice cream with friends.
  5. Find Jobs! Plan for Grad School! Plan Your National Meeting Visit (even if you can’t go): The Undergraduate Program Guide — The Spring ACS National Meeting is the most popular event we host for undergraduates, and with over 2300 poster abstracts received for this year’s meeting, we’re looking forward to another great one.

IMG_2194Thanks for reading. Since starting this blog in January, we’ve had a great time getting to know our readers, and we look forward to getting to know you more in 2013. We wish you and your families a safe and happy holiday season.

Sincerely,

Nicole and Chris
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