Submitting an Abstract for the ACS National Meeting

Stressed out about submitting your abstract for presentation at an ACS National Meeting? Unsure of how the process works and don’t know where to begin? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!

Hopefully you're not as stressed as our spongy friend...

Hopefully you’re not as stressed as our spongy friend…

Any time you plan on presenting at an ACS National Meeting, the first thing you should do is talk to your advisor or principal investigator (PI) about your project. They should be the best resource for what information to include in your abstract, who to cite, etc. And unless you are Dexter from Dexter’s Laboratory and your lab is completely self-sustained, you need to give your advisor or PI credit for helping you with your project by including them as an author.

Once you’ve finalized your abstract, you can submit by using ACS’s Meeting Abstract Programming System (MAPS). More technical information on how to submit is included on our website, so here we’ll just cover some common sessions for undergrads presenting their research. All the symposia listed below are under the Division of Chemical Education (CHED). Although you may submit to other technical divisions as well, we recommend discussing with the program chairs before selecting a session within another division.

Undergraduate Research Poster Session

This is a large poster session for undergraduates to present their research on any discipline. When selecting your symposium in MAPS, select the name of this section followed by the type of chemistry that best describes your area of research.

Undergraduate Research Papers

This is an oral session for students to give a longer (10-minute) presentation on their research. Before selecting this session, we recommend that you receive the endorsement of your PI. There are limited slots available to give an oral presentation, so if you aren’t selected to participate then your abstract will be moved to the Undergraduate Research Poster Session.

Successful Student Chapters

Want to showcase your student chapter’s awesome activities? If so, this is the session for you! The Successful Student Chapters poster session is part of the larger Sci-Mix session and gives you a chance to create a poster and talk about all the great things your chapter is doing.

The deadline for submitting an abstract to one of the sessions above is March 28, 2016 by 11:59 EDT. If you have any questions, please let us know at





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