This page contains information on Activities and Events that the Local section sponsors, including meetings, awards, educational and outreach. A series of pages linking to this page provide more detailed information. Eventually, a photo album page will be included here.
This past weekend (October 4th and 5th, 2013) saw the 8th Undergraduate Research in the Molecular Sciences (URMS) held on the campus of Minnesota State University, Moorhead. Co-sponsored by MSUM, Concordia College, the Red River Valley section of the American Chemical Society, the American Society for Biochemistry, and Molecular Biology and the ASBMB Undergraduate Affiliate Network, URMS8 saw presentations from many of the schools in the region with one talk and 16 posters falling under the chemistry banner. An excellent Friday night keynote research lecture was presented by Dr. Bob Kane of Baylor University on the application of synthetic chemistry to vaccines and transplants and Rosa Miller, MS, MBA, retired VP of Latin America and Global Channel services for 3M gave a Saturday keynote lecture on applying science to a successful business journey. The conference also incorporated student poster and talk sessions along with several breakout information workshops providing undergraduates with information and advice on applying for graduate school, medical school or pursuing a career in industry.
The RRV Local Section awarded three travel awards to allow students to attend the upcoming National ACS meeting with awards going to Kowan O’Keefe (Minot State), Mary Hedrick (NDSU) and Kari Kusler (UND). In addition, to encourage our local undergraduate researchers to become actively involved in the ACS, a number of student memberships were also awarded with winners from Concordia College, NDSU, Mayville State and Minot State. Prizes were awarded by Graeme R. A. Wyllie (Chair-elect RRV Local Section) and Tom Gonnella (Treasurer RRV Local ACS section). After a year hiatus, it was encouraging to see URMS return with a strong involvement from local undergraduates and faculty and with URMS 9 already announced for the first weekend in October in 2014. The hope is this local conference continues to grow and provide a valuable opportunity for local undergraduates to share their work.
Graeme R. A. Wyllie
RRV Local Section ACS (Chair Elect)
14 October, 2013
Abbott Lecture 29-30 April
Thursday, 29 April (evening)
Thursday, 17 March
Friday, 18 March