One of the most important parts of science is sharing the knowledge you learn and learning from others. One of the ways to accomplish this is to go present your work and network at academic conferences. Every year, the American Chemical Society (ACS) has National meetings where thousands of chemists come together to present their work, network, and learn. Attendance is always over 10,000 people. This is bigger than many small towns! They only happen at giant convention centers because those are the only venues big enough for that many people.
Students who go to these conferences can present their work to other chemists, meet other researchers from around the world, and learn what is happening in chemistry across the globe. There are many symposia with every type of chemistry imaginable being presented in the form of talks and posters. There is a commercial Expo with companies showing their latest new technologies and approaches, as well as a job fair with companies interviewing students. Add on networking events and workshops and it is very clear how amazingly valuable these conferences can be.
We want to send our students to the American Chemistry Society National Meeting in Philadelphia in March of 2020. This five-day conference will be a fantastic opportunity for these students, who have never been to or presented at an ACS national meeting. Registration is expensive, and when you add on hotel and flight, along with meals, the costs can be prohibitive for many students. It's our goal to ensure that no student has to miss the conference simply because they can't afford to go.
We are asking for your help to send students to the ACS meeting. They all plan on presenting and have already submitted abstracts and titles for their presentations. Dr. Kyle Grice will accompany them as a faculty adviser, to help the students get the most out of this great professional development experience. They will proudly represent DePaul and all of the great research that gets done here by our students and faculty!