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ACS Fall 2019 National Meeting Sessions and Events for Students

Check out specialty programming and networking opportunities at the ACS national meeting in San Diego, CA
Fall 2019 ACS National Meeting graphic - Chemistry & Water

If you’re attending the ACS 2019 Fall National Meeting in San Diego, there is a range of symposia, workshops, and special events to choose from.  inChemistry has rounded up a collection of activities you won’t want to miss.

Be sure to check out Around Town for places to visit and eat and Getting Ready for the ACS National Meeting for tips on making the most of your experience.

Student Program

The ACS National Meeting will feature programming and activities that are specially designed for undergraduates. The Core Student Program includes sessions and workshops that cover topics, such as getting into graduate school, career options, networking tactics, and job-hunting advice.

Here are some highlights. Events take place at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina unless noted otherwise.

Grad School
 

Grad School: The Ins and Outs of Getting In
Sunday, August 25│9:00-10:15 a.m.
Marina Ballroom Salon D/E

The Grad School Experience: What to Expect
Sunday, August 25│10:15-11:30 a.m.
Marina Ballroom Salon D/E

Grad School Fair
Sunday, August 25│2:00-5:00 p.m.
San Diego Ballroom Salon A/B

Networking &
Professional Development

Networking 101
Sunday, August 25 | 12:30-2:00 p.m.
Marina Ballroom Salon D/E

Networking with Chemistry Professionals Event**
Sunday, August 25|2:00-3:30 p.m.
San Diego Ballroom Foyer

The job hunt: Do's and dont's of applying and interviewing
Monday, August 26 | 11:00-11:45 a.m.
Marina Ballroom Salon D/E

Science
 

Ocean science: Research reflections at the marina
Monday, August 26 | 10:15-11:00 a.m.
Marina Ballroom Salon D/E

Eminent Scientist Lecture & Luncheon, Dr. Marya Lieberman – “What if you could identify street drugs with a paper test card?"*
Monday, August 26 | 12:00-1:30 p.m.
Marina Ballroom Salon D/E

*Students receive a free ticket to this event in the registration packet.
**Sponsored by the ACS Senior Chemists Committee, Cosponsored by the ACS Younger Chemists Committee

Student Research Papers & Poster Sessions

Undergrad Oral Sessions

Undergraduate Research Papers
Sunday, August 25│1:30-4:30 p.m.
Carlsbad

Undergraduate Research at the Frontiers of Inorganic Chemistry
Sunday, August 25| 1:30-4:35 p.m.
Marriott Grand Ballroom Section 9

Poster Sessions

Undergraduate Research at the Frontiers of Inorganic Chemistry
Sunday, August 25| 5:30-7:30 pm
San Diego Convention Center, Hall B

Undergraduate Research Poster Session
Monday, August 26│2:00-4:00 pm
San Diego Convention Center, Hall B

Symposia of Interest

The technical program is the heart of the national meeting, with thousands of papers to be presented. To find papers related to your research interests, view the technical program. You can also use the  "Filter by themes" feature and select “students” to find presentations flagged as student-focused presentations.

Career Workshops & Sessions

Are you thinking beyond college? Take advantage of these ACS career resources and events.

Career Navigator LIVE!
Attend Career Navigator LIVE! in the Expo Hall to search for jobs, schedule interviews, get a professional headshot, network with potential employers, and meet with ACS Career Consultants to get personalized job search advice. Go to Career Navigator LIVE! to register for exclusive access to onsite interviews with recruiters.

Career Pathways Workshops
ACS Career Pathways™ Workshops provide career guidance for early career and professional chemists. Check out some of these suggestions:

ChemIDP™, Planning for Your Career
Sunday, August 25 | 11:00-12:45 a.m.
San Diego Convention Center, Room 26A

Networking: How To Get Started
Monday, August 26 | 4:30-5:30 p.m.
San Diego Convention Center, Room 26A

Beyond the Bench: Nontraditional Careers in Chemistry
Tuesday, August 27 | 9:30-11:30 a.m.
San Diego Convention Center, Room 30C

Social Events

Social events at ACS meetings are a great way to meet people and expand your knowledge. At networking events and luncheons, you can make new connections with peers, graduate students, employers,  graduate school recruiters, chemists in the fields you are interested in, and ACS volunteers.

Networking with Chemistry Professionals Event
Sunday, August 25 | 2:00-3:30 p.m.
San Diego Ballroom Foyer
Professionals in industry, academia, government, small businesses, and nonprofit organizations will share expertise and experiences with undergraduates and younger chemists. 

Grad School Fair
Sunday, August 25│2:00-5:00 p.m.
San Diego Ballroom Salon A/B

Reception featuring Derek Muller of YouTube channel Veritasium, “The Uncomfortable Effort of Thinking”
Sunday, August 25│5:00-6:30 p.m.
Marina Ballroom Salon D/E

Sci-mix: Successful Student Chapters
Monday, August 26│8:00-10:00 p.m.
San Diego Convention Center, Hall B