The Undergraduate Programs Guide for the 245th ACS National Meeting in New Orleans!

NOLACurious about the ACS National Meeting in New Orleans? Want to know the best events to attend? Where to pick up a scavenger hunt guide? What time the Undergraduate Social starts? Or even where to find free food?

Have no fear, the Undergraduate Program Guide for the 245th ACS National Meeting is here to help! It can help you decide where to go, what to do, and how to make the most of your ACS National Meeting. Here are a few events that you should be sure to attend:

  1. Making the Most of Your First ACS Meeting
    Sunday, April 7, 9 a.m.
    New Orleans Convention Center, Hall A/Section C
    First of all: Free breakfast.

In addition, this is where you will hear tips from experienced meeting-goers and have a chance to take part in the Student Chapter Scavenger Hunt. Hey, speaking of which…

2.      The Student Chapter Scavenger

All Day, Sunday, April 7
          New Orleans Convention Center
Think you know your way around the New Orleans ACS Meeting? Participate in the ACS Student Chapter scavenger hunt! Chapters wanting to participate can pick up a list of items to be collected at the “Making the Most of Your First ACS Meeting” session. Prizes for the chapters collecting the most items on the list will be awarded at the student social on Sunday evening. Oh, and you have to attend the next two events to win!

  1. Technical Symposium: How to Become an Exemplary Teaching Assistant
    Sunday, April 7, 1 – 2 p.m.
    New Orleans Convention Center
    Rivergate Ballroom
    George Bodner knows teaching. A recipient of the James Flack Norris award, a National Award for teaching, he wants to show you how to teach. A must-attend for anyone planning to TA in grad school!
  1. Workshop: Essential Skills for Success: Speaking and Writing like a Chemist
    Sunday, April 7, 2:45 – 5:15 p.m.
    New Orleans Convention Center
    Room 206/207
    Here’s a fun trivia question: What is the main quality employers look for in a candidate? Did you guess technical knowledge? Guess what: You’re wrong. Have a look:

In a 2012 survey, employers indicated that the main thing they were looking for in a candidate was the ability to verbally communicate. We’ve designed two sessions to help you communicate, with speakers including Bill Carroll, VP at Occidental Chemical Corporation, and Michelle Francl, Professor at Bryn Mawr College. Learn from the best!

5. Workshop: Employment in Chemistry: Academics, Industry, Small Business, and Government
Monday, April 8, 9:45 – 11:15 a.m.
New Orleans Convention Center Room R05

Do you know where the jobs are? Or how to get a job at, say, Dow Chemical versus a major university? Representatives from industry, academia, and government discuss where chemical employment is located and how to make it across a variety of chemical fields.

6. Undergraduate Speed Networking with Chemical Professionals

Monday, April 8, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
New Orleans Convention Center
Hall A/Section A

To quote a previous post (which you should read for some great tips):

Generally speaking, “networking” refers to the act of exchanging information, contacts, and experience for social or professional purposes. It’s a great way to learn about careers, develop your interviewing skills, and simply meet more people. In turn, you make yourself available as a future contact to someone who may want an undergraduate’s perspective, a contact at your school, or a fellow chemist who brings new focus to the table. This event is a great chance to meet people working in chemistry and develop future contacts who could potentially guide you as you grow in your career. So get out there and get networking!

You already know it’s not what you know; it’s who you know. This event will introduce you to people whose influence could guide you to your eventual career. And if you haven’t registered yet, do so now (spaces are nearly gone)!  And be sure to check out the article on speed networking in last month’s inChemistry Magazine!

Of course, there’s plenty more at the National Meeting, so be sure to go through the Guide and see what else you can attend. See you in New Orleans!


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