2017 Mid-Hudson ACS Undergraduate Research Symposium

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

18th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium on Friday, April 21, 2017

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)MHACS
  • 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. Lüis M. Campos, Department of Chemistry, Columbia University


“Modular Polyelectrolytes for Batteries and Bioimaging”

Polymers offer a rich palate to be decorated with functional units in order to tune various properties, and to harness the collective interactions of the building blocks that can be exploited for technological advances. However, introducing functionality can alter the supramolecular interactions leading to unpredictable behavior. Our group is interested in using building blocks that can be used to exploit organic materials in multiple applications ranging from energy storage to biology. This talk will provide an overview on the chemistry and uses of Camposthe cyclopropenium ion that are enabling advancements in materials science.

CamposAbout the Speaker: Lüis M. Campos is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Columbia University. He was born in Guadalajara, Mexico, and moved at the age of 11 to Los Angeles, California. He received a B.Sc. in Chemistry from CSU Dominguez Hills in 2001, and a Ph.D. from the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at UCLA in 2006 working under the supervision of M. A. Garcia-Garibay and K. N. Houk. At UCLA, he was awarded the NSF Predoctoral Fellowship, Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship, and the Saul & Silvia Winstein Award for his graduate research in solid-state photochemistry. Switching to materials chemistrCamposy, he went to UCSB as a UC President's Postdoctoral Fellow to work under the supervision of C. J. Hawker at the Materials Research Laboratory. At Columbia, his group’s research interests lie in polymer chemistry, self-assembly, and organic electronic materials. To date, he has co-authored over 70 articles and 10 patents, and has received numerous awards, including the ACS Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award, ONR Young Investigator Award, NSF CAREER Award, 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award, Cottrell Scholar Award, I-APS Young Faculty Award, the Journal of Physical Organic Chemistry Award for Early Excellence, and the Polymers Young Investigator Award.

Call for Poster Abstracts:
To present a poster, please submit an abstract of 200 words or less. Please make every effort to adhere to the specific formatting guidelines, as follows:

1. Submit each abstract as a separate Microsoft Word file. The filename should include: the first author’s last name, the institution name, and the faculty advisor’s last name.

2. Use 16 point Times New Roman font with one inch margins all around.

3. Do not include references.

4. Include an abstract header with each of the following items centered, on separate lines, and formatted as follows:
• Title: in bold and all caps
• List of authors: in bold and separated by commas. The faculty advisor’s name should be followed by an asterisk (*).
• Institution Name: in bold
• Institution Address: in bold (e.g., 3399 North Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601)
• Faculty Advisor’s Email Address: in bold and lower case

5. Please submit your abstract as an email attachment on or before Tuesday, 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, please RSVP by indicating the full names of all the authors who will be attending and follow the instructions below for dinner reservations. Faculty advisors will receive a confirmation email regarding the submitted abstract prior to the event.

Poster Size:
To fit on the poster boards, posters should be approximately 48 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.

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.

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 18th annual Mid-Hudson ACS Undergraduate Research Symposium at Marist College.