2016 Mid-Hudson ACS Undergraduate Research Symposium

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The Mid-Hudson Section of the American Chemical Society and Marist College Present the

17th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium on Friday, April 15, 2016

This symposium provides an opportunity for undergraduates from the local colleges to present their research in the chemical sciences.  All areas of chemistry, environmental science, molecular biology, and related fields are welcome.  A seminar given by a guest speaker will be followed by a poster session and buffet dinner.

Symposium Program (Reservations for dinner are required, but the seminar and poster session are open to everyone.)

  • 3:30–4:00 PM:  Check-In (Grand Foyer)/Poster Set-Up (Student Center/SC 3102-3105)
  • 4:00–5:00 PM:  Seminar (Fusco Recital Hall/MU 3201)
  • 5:00–5:30 PM:  Awards and Announcements (Fusco Recital Hall/MU 3201)
  • 5:30-6:30 PM:  Poster Session A and 6:30-7:30 PM:  Poster Session B (SC 3102-3105)
  • 7:30 PM:  Buffet Dinner (Cabaret)


Guest Speaker:  Dr. Henry F. Schaefer III, Department of Chemistry, University of Georgia

“Density Cumulant Theory:  Methods, Benchmarks, and New Directions”

Abstract:  For the past six years we have been developing a new theoretical method, regrettably labeled Density Cumulant Functional Theory by Werner Kutzelnigg.  Density Cumulant Theory (DCT), our preferred name, has virtually nothing to do with Density Functional Theory, now becoming (in practice) primarily a highly parameterized semi-empirical method.  DCT will be reviewed, with some of the most recent methodological advances exploiting symmetry, parallelization, and density fitting.  Applications will be reported.

About the Speaker:  Henry F. Schaefer III received his B.S. degree in chemical physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1966 and his Ph.D. degree in chemical physics from Stanford University in 1969.  For 18 years he served as a professor of chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley.  During the 1979‒1980 academic year he was the Wilfred T. Doherty Professor of Chemistry and inaugural Director of the Institute for Theoretical Chemistry at the University of Texas, Austin.  Dr. Schaefer is currently the Graham Perdue Professor of Chemistry and Director of the Center for Computational Quantum Chemistry at the University of Georgia.  He is also a Professor of Chemistry, Emeritus, at the University of California, Berkeley and holds a number of other academic appointments.  His research involves the use of state-of-the-art computational hardware and theoretical methods to solve important problems in molecular quantum mechanics.  In pursuing this line of work over the past 50 years he has been responsible “for the development of computational quantum chemistry into a reliable quantitative field of chemistry and for prolific exemplary calculations of broad chemical interest” as stated by the American Chemical Society in 1979 when giving him the Award in Pure Chemistry.  Other awards for his work include the American Chemical Society Leo Hendrik Baekeland Award (1983); the Schrödinger Medal of the World Association of Theoretical and Computational Chemists (1990); the Centenary Medal of the Royal Society of Chemistry (1992); the American Chemical Society Award in Theoretical Chemistry (2003); the Alexander von Humbolt Foundation Award (2012); and the American Institute of Chemists Chemistry Pioneer Award (2013), just to name a few.  He is the author of more than 1,500 scientific publications, with a large majority appearing in the Journal of Chemical Physics, Journal of the American Chemical Society, and Journal of Physical Chemistry.  During the comprehensive period 1981‒1997, Professor Schaefer was the sixth most highly cited chemist in the world; out of a total of 628,000 chemists whose research was cited.  Critical to Dr. Schaefer’s scientific success has been a brilliant array of students and coworkers; including 67 undergraduate researchers who have published papers with him, 107 successful Ph.D. students, 51 postdoctoral researchers, and 80 visiting professors who have spent substantial time in the Schaefer group.


Call for Poster Abstracts:  To present a poster, please submit an abstract of 200 words or less.  The format of the abstract should adhere to the following guidelines:

  1. The file should be a Microsoft Word document.
  2. Use 12 point Times New Roman font with one inch margins.
  3. The title should be typed in all capital letters, followed (in lower case letters) by the authors' names, institution name, institution address, and email addresses.  The faculty advisor’s name should be followed by an asterisk (*).
  4. Please submit your abstract as an email attachment by March 14 to:  jocelyn.nadeau@marist.edu.  If you are unable to meet this deadline, please contact Dr. Jocelyn Nadeau to make arrangements.  There is a $25 conference fee per poster up to $200 maximum per school.  In your email, RSVP by indicating the full names of all the authors who will be attending and follow the instructions below for dinner reservations.  You will receive a confirmation email prior to the event.    

Poster Size:  To fit on the poster boards, posters should be approximately 46 inches wide by 36 inches in height.

Dinner Reservations:  A buffet dinner will be served following the poster session ($25/person).  Please RSVP for dinner by emailing jocelyn.nadeau@marist.edu by March 14.  If you are submitting a poster abstract, then please specify in that email which authors will also be attending the dinner. 

RSVPs:  If you plan to attend the symposium, please email jocelyn.nadeau@marist.edu the following by March 14

1. The full names of all participants that will be attending the symposium, institution name, and attached abstract if presenting a poster.

2. The full names of all participants that will be attending the buffet dinner and their institution name.

Directions and Parking:  For directions to our campus, see:  http://www.marist.edu/about/directions.html.  Attendees should park in the McCann/Sheahan Parking Lot (Lot#2):  https://www.marist.edu/security/pdfs/parkingmap.pdf.  From there, the Student Center is just a short walk up the stairs (Building 30; http://www.marist.edu/about/map.html) where all the events will take place.  There will be signs directing you to the appropriate entrance of the Student Center, which will take you to the Grand Foyer for Check-In.  If you have mobility impairments, contact neil.fitzgerald@marist.edu (or call 845-575-3000 x2491) at least a few days prior to the event to arrange for transportation from the parking lot to the Student Center.    

We look forward to seeing you all at the 17th annual Mid-Hudson ACS Undergraduate Research Symposium at Marist College.