by BRANDON UTLEY
Set the scene: sunny Orlando, Florida. The expansive Orange County Convention Center. Science nerds everywhere.
That is what myself and fellow students Andy Frantz, Meredith Boes, Halie Copley, and Mary Bernard, along with our faculty advisor Dr. Mark Sabo, got to experience when we attended the 257th annual National Conference of the American Chemical Society from March 30 through April 2.
Attending this meeting comes with many benefits for undergraduate students. The events at this conference involve students in professional work and career preparation. During the undergraduate session of the conference, students can attend certain speakers and expos geared toward chemistry, graduate school, and careers in the chemical and pharmaceutical industry.
Dr. Mark Sabo said that the conference offers over 10,000 scientists and educators from throughout North America a forum for sharing new ideas, innovations, and methodologies that not only advance industrial and academic research applications but have an impact on chemistry as it applies to our world.”
In addition to a vast number of presentations, the conference format offers opportunities to participate in group and divisional business meetings, professional development workshops, and an exposition.
“This program gives Tiffin University students the opportunity to interact, discuss new ideas, and learn about the chemistry profession with other students,” Sabo said.
At this meeting, there was a student chapter poster exposition, where student chapters of ACS from around the country could show off the work their organization has done over the past year. Our chapter here at TU has performed a number of science-based outreach programs this past year to engage the local Tiffin Columbian students.