Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Graduate Students & Postdoc Events for 252nd ACS National Meeting in Philadelphia

In just a few short weeks, the 252nd ACS National Meeting will come to Philadelphia, giving attendees the chance to partake in a multitude of enrichment opportunities including workshops, symposia and networking events. To alleviate the burden of picking from the diverse range of events, the following day-by-day summaries highlight some of the opportunities for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars.

Sunday, August 21st

Career Workshops - New Technologies
10:00–11:30 AM

Pennsylvania Convention Center, Room 202A

Career Workshops - Foreign National Scientists Obtaining a Job in the US
1:30–4:00 PM

Pennsylvania Convention Center, Room 202A

Graduate Student & Postdoctoral Symposium
1:30–4:40 PM
(Repeated: 8/22 1:30–4:40 PM, 8/23 1:45–4:25 PM, 8/25 9:00 AM–12:25 PM)
Pennsylvania Convention Center, Room 103B
Watch presentations on current biological chemistry research from graduate students and postdoctoral scholars.
Sponsored by BIOL

ChemIDP Workshop: Planning for Your Career
2:00–4:00 PM

Pennsylvania Convention Center, Room 111A
Map out a plan for your career and use ACS’s new career development tool!
To attend please register at
Free refreshments!

Career Workshops - Writing Excellent Proposals
3:30–6:00 PM
Pennsylvania Convention Center, Room 202A

Faculty & Postdoc Afternoon Networking Coffee Break
4:00–6:00 PM

Pennsylvania Convention Center, Room 113B
Get the scoop on the faculty application process from a diverse faculty panel.
Free refreshments!

Monday, August 22nd

Beyond the Bench
10:00 AM–12:00 PM

Pennsylvania Convention Center, Room 201B
A series of presentations: Careers in Intellectual Property, Careers in university technology transfer, Careers in patent law, and Navigating the path from graduate school to a career in patent law, with a panel discussion directly after.
Sponsored by CHAL

Student Speed Networking with Chemistry Professionals
4:15–5:45 PM

Pennsylvania Convention Center, Hall G
Don’t miss this opportunity to enhance your chances of strengthening your skills and increasing your network!
Refreshments provided.

Graduate & Postdoctoral Scholars Reception
7:00–8:30 PM

Pennsylvania Convention Center, Ballroom A
Network with fellow graduate students and postdocs, as well as ACS Divisions, YCC representatives, and ACS staff!
Free food, drinks, and prizes!

AEI: Academic Employment Initiative
8:00–10:00 PM

Pennsylvania Convention Center, Halls D/E
See graduate students and postdoctoral scholars showcase their teaching and research goals in a poster session.

Tuesday, August 23rd

Graduate course in professional science communication
8:35–9:05 AM

Pennsylvania Convention Center, Room 204A
This course examines journalistic writing, technical writing, oral presentation, and public relations.
Sponsored by CHED

Global Careers in Chemistry
2:00–5:55 PM

Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Franklin 7
This presentation series looks at the pathway to having a global career in chemistry, spanning from work visas to obtaining a job and reflections from scientists who’ve experienced working internationally.
Sponsored by YCC

Chemistry careers and green chemistry
4:15–4:45 PM

Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Grand Ballroom Salon III/IV
This session explores the implementation of green chemistry concepts in science-led organizations, as well as career opportunities.
Sponsored by I&EC

Wednesday, August 24th

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program for chemistry and chemical engineering students
6:00–8:00 PM

Pennsylvania Convention Center, Hall D
The fellowship program supports students in the chemical sciences with a three-year annual stipend and cost of education allowance, as well as research opportunities and professional development.
Sponsored by PHYS

The list of events above are highlights of what you can expect at the 252nd ACS National Meeting. Please note that for some of the events above you may need to register to attend. A complete schedule of other graduate and postdoctoral programs, a list of career workshops, registration information, places to eat, and activities in Philly, will be available through the Graduate & Postdoctoral Scholars National Meeting Guide. Did we miss any events that you think should be highlighted? Contact us at

Locations are subject to change. Please check the final ACS Meeting Program app for times and locations.


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