Day Two of the Undergraduate Program at the ACS National Meeting in Indianapolis

Monday is the final lap at the 246th ACS National Meeting Undergraduate Program! Be sure to check out some of the lectures, networking sessions, and other events before you cross the finish line!

Eminent Scientist Lecture: Dr. Attila Pavlath
Monday, September 9, 12:00–1:30 p.m.
Indianapolis Downtown Marriott
Ballrooms 1–5

APIf you were hoping to hear from a renowned scientist, this is your chance. Dr. Attila Pavlath escaped from Hungary to North America with his family during the Hungarian Revolution. He has earned the title of Senior Emeritus Research Scientist at Western Regional Research Center, earned an honorary lifetime position of President of the ACS Hungarian International Science Chapter, become a pioneer in fluorine chemistry, and served within the ACS, including a term as ACS President in 1999. He will lecture on the importance of chemistry in our everyday lives and argue that without chemistry, the world could still be in the Dark Ages.

Undergraduate Research Poster Session
Monday, September 9, 2:00–4:00 p.m.
Indiana Convention Center
Halls F & G

Poster presentations are one of the most common ways for scientists to discuss their research to their peers. If you are an undergraduate and have not presented a poster, come hear a few of your peers present. Not only is this a great opportunity to hear what other students are researching, but this is a perfect chance to learn from your peers and see how they present so that in the future you know how to relay research to other scientists. At some point in your science career, you will have to relay data and results to another person in some form. There is no better way to improve your skills than by observing those that have experience. Be sure to make a pit stop at the undergraduate research poster session!

Undergraduate Speed Networking with Chemistry Professionals
Monday, September 9, 4:00–5:30 p.m.
Indiana Convention Center
Hall I

Plan to get to this event early — limited spots are available! At the speed networking with chemistry professionals event, you will get to sit one on one with multiple professional chemists, listen to them discuss their job position and company, and ask them any related questions you may have. This is a great way to gain connections. Be sure to ask the professional chemists for their contact information, even if you aren’t sure that you are going to be involved with them immediately — down the road you may be glad that you have a potential contact’s information!




Sci-Mix/Successful Student Chapter Poster Session
Monday, September 9, 8:00–10:00 p.m.
Indiana Convention Center
Halls F & G


If you are involved with the American Chemical Society, then you are probably involved with your university’s student chapter as well. Even if you are not an officer in your student chapter, or if you are interested in becoming one, this is an excellent venue to acquire new chapter activity ideas. You may think that you have heard all of the ideas for demonstrations, chapter activities, and so on, but I can assure you that one of these posters will have something that you have never seen or thought about! Collaboration is a great resource, and listening to what these students have to say may just change the way your chapter operates!

These are just some of the highlights during the undergraduate program on Monday, September 9. I hope that you are as excited as I am to see all of these great events at the 246th ACS National Meeting Undergraduate Program. Make as many stops as you can at these events, and you’ll have plenty of new knowledge and equipment to finish the race!

Zachary Husk
American Chemical Society, Student Liaison


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