In the ChemDemo Exchange Undergraduate Program event, chapters
share tips on how to incorporate household materials into hands-on
Students from the Northern Kentucky University student chapter pose
with their chapter poster at Sci-Mix in Dallas, TX. In Denver, more than
100 chapters will present their posters at Sci-Mix.
learn about state-of-the-art technologies.
Plus there are fun giveaways, such as
candy, pens, hats, and more!
Inside the Exposition you will find the
ACS Career Fair Recruiters Row, where
employers showcase their products and
services. Also, be sure to visit the ACS
booth, where ACS staff members will present the many benefits, services, products,
and merchandise offered by ACS.
It is fun to attend events with your friends
from your student chapter — but try to get
away from the group for a while to visit
some posters on topics that interest you.
Browse with your national meeting app
and note the numbers, times, and locations of the posters that pique your curiosity, and visit them when it’s convenient.
Mention to the presenter that you are
an undergraduate student and you’re
interested in their topic. After you learn
about the presenter’s research, try to find
out more about them. Ask open-ended
questions, such as “How did you get interested in the topic?”,“How did you find your
first job?”, and “Does your employer offer
internships?”. If you’re thinking about
applying to graduate school, you might
also ask questions about the presenter’s
graduate school experience. Be sure to
trade business cards with each presenter
and to follow up later.
Go to Sci-Mix
Sci-Mix, held at 8:00–10:00 pm on Monday, March 23, is a meeting-wide social
and poster presentation event, with the
posters representing the best of each ACS
division. Review the Sci-Mix program in
advance and note which posters you’d like
to view. Be sure to sign up for the giant
chocolate bar raffle!
Hear the Kavli lectures
The Kavli lecture series promotes ground-breaking discovery and public understanding of how chemistry can help solve some
of the world’s mounting challenges. On
Monday, March 23, Theodore Betley, Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology
at Harvard University, will speak on “Radical
Frontiers in Catalysis”, from 4:00–5:00 pm
in the Colorado Convention Center Bellco
Theatre, followed by Laura L. Kiessling,
Steenbock Professor of Chemistry and Laurens Anderson Professor of Biochemistry
at the University of Wisconsin-Madison,
who will speak on “Us Versus Them: Distinguishing Humans from Microbes with
Carbohydrates”, from 5:30-6:30 pm.
Explore career options
If you have the time, take an ACS Career
Pathways course to discover your ideal
career path. In the first course, “Finding
Your Pathway”, you’ll learn about the
four main career pathways available to
chemical professionals: higher education,
industry, government, and entrepreneurial
careers— and why each one may or may
not be the right choice for you.
In addition, you’ll also learn about the
job market and hiring trends. The workshop helps you inventory your own values,
interests, strengths, and weaknesses so
that you can select the career pathway
that’s best for you and later take a course
focusing on it.
“Acing the Interview” addresses the
fundamentals of successful interviewing
and explains how to interview for different types of hiring organizations. You’ll
also participate in two or three quick mock
interviews. With the facilitator’s feedback,
you’ll quickly incorporate what you’ve
learned to ace your next interview and
begin your career.
Consult the Undergraduate
A few weeks prior to the meeting, all
undergraduates who have pre-registered
for the meeting will receive a copy of the
Undergraduate Program Guide by e-mail.
In addition to detailed information about
the Undergraduate Program and other
events of interest, it also provides tips on
finding food at the national meeting and
nearby restaurants, as well as getting
around the city.
The take-home message
Attending an ACS national meeting will
leave you with a deeper understanding
and appreciation of your chosen field of
study and of ACS itself. You may even be a
step closer to choosing a graduate school
or area of focus ... or you may even find a
new career direction.
If you are unable to attend the meeting in Denver, don’t despair. Challenge
yourself to plan ahead and attend the
250th ACS National Meeting & Exposition
on August 16–20, 2015, in Boston, or the
251st ACS National Meeting & Exposition
on March 13–17, 2016, in San Diego.
See you soon at an upcoming ACS