My name is Alex Goranov, and I am one of the Student Liaisons to the Undergraduate Programs Advisory Board — the committee responsible for all the undergraduate events at the 253rd American Chemical Society National Meeting and Exposition in San Francisco. The first day of the conference was packed with many workshops and talks, so let me briefly recap some of them.
My day started at the Undergraduate Hospitality Center. It was a great place to get breakfast and coffee, as well as to meet with many of the undergraduates attending the conference. Great networking opportunity!
Two Graduate School Reality Check sessions started afterward. The first was designed to help students apply for graduate school programs (masters, professional masters, and doctoral). I attended this event at the last conference, and found it extremely helpful. I had just gone through the long and stressful process of applying for Ph.D. programs, and what I learned during this session was extremely helpful. The second session (the subtitle of which was “You’re in – Now What?”) focused on the next step: what it costs to get the degree you applied for.
After lunch, I attended the Networking Social with Graduate School Recruiters event, a not-to-miss activity for anyone looking to apply for a graduate program. Admission officers from over 40 universities across the country were there, and it was a great opportunity to establish a contact at an institution to which you plan to apply.
In the evening I joined Lana Nitti, my fellow Student Liaison, in attending the Student Chapter Award Ceremony and the Undergraduate Social. These were two great opportunities to celebrate everyone’s accomplishments during the last academic year. Again, congratulations to all awardees!
After enjoying the great food, drinks, and music at these two events, I’m ready for tomorrow, which will be even more exciting. I am eager to attend the symposium on the chemistry of fermented beverages, as well as the Eminent Scientist Lecture by Dr. Carolyn Bertozzi from Stanford University. I’m also looking forward to seeing what activities other ACS student members have been doing over the past year at the Successful Student Chapter Poster Session. See you tomorrow!