The Philadelphia National Meeting is right around the corner. For many of you, this will be your first time attending a national meeting with your professional association. National meetings have a lot going on and, admittedly, can be a bit overwhelming. Don’t worry! We’ve put together a list of things you can do now to help your trip to Philly go as smoothly as possible.
Step One: Book Your Travel
One perk of traveling to a national meeting with an association is that oftentimes the organization will have arranged for travel discounts for those attending the meeting. The staff at ACS has secured discounts with Delta, United Airlines, Southwest, and Amtrak. Car rental discounts have also been arranged through Avis and Hertz.
Getting around Philadelphia can be a bit confusing. There are plenty of taxis around, and Philadelphia offers extensive public transportation. ACS offers free shuttles between the Pennsylvania Convention Center and ACS hotels. The travel time between the convention center and the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown, home to the Undergraduate Program, is approximately 15 minutes.
Most hotels are full, but if you move quickly, there might be time to reserve a hotel room using the ACS group discount.
Step Two: Register for the Meeting
Getting registered is easy! You can register online with your ACS ID, or you can register by mail.
Registration is $210 for students who are nonmembers, but only $105 for members (you can become an undergraduate member of ACS for only $27).
Step Three: Plan Your Trip
The ACS Undergraduate Programs team has prepared an excellent program for students. From undergrad poster sessions to graduate school networking, we’ve packed the weekend with events designed with the needs of young chemistry professionals in mind.
ACS meetings typically bring in 13,000–15,000 chemists from across the world. These meetings are excellent opportunities to expand your knowledge of the chemical industry and make connections that could prove valuable for your future.
With so many opportunities for networking, you’ll want to be sure to dress to impress. However, unless you’re presenting research that day, don’t worry about wearing a suit the whole time you’re in Philadelphia. Business casual is absolutely acceptable.
Pull out a decent suit, or at least a nice jacket/button-down shirt/slacks (or skirt) combo, for presentation day. Think khakis, slacks, and business skirts for the rest of your meeting time. People are less likely to think you are serious about your future if you show up to a session wearing a T-shirt and jeggings.
Step Four: Stay Connected
If you don’t already, follow the ACS Undergraduate Programs Office on social media. We will be tweeting and posting fun photos and program updates throughout the convention, as well as sharing students’ posts. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #ACSPhillyUG.
ACS member and staff representative Dr. Ashley Donovan will be running from Washington, DC to Philadelphia, PA from August 7 through August 16. Along the way, she will visit various schools to learn how members are preparing for the National Meeting and will share ACS resources available to students and faculty. Keep up with Ashley here!
We are incredibly proud of the undergraduate program that we have created for the 252nd ACS National Meeting in Philadelphia, and we think you’ll enjoy your experience too. See you on the 21st!