The East Central Illinois ACS Undergraduate Research Conference is an annual event held in the fall that provides undergraduates involved in research in the chemical sciences an opportunity to present their research through oral and poster presentations.
We are excited to announce that the 8th Annual ECI-ACS Undergraduate Research Conference will be held in person on October 28th, 2023. In addition to student presentations, this event will include networking opportunities with our sponsoring organizations, as well as a Keynote Speaker.
All undergraduates involved in research in the chemical sciences and related fields are invited to submit abstracts and present a poster or an oral presentation. Most abstracts will be accepted, and we encourage submissions in a wide variety of research topics. Registration will open July 28th, and the deadline for abstract submission is September 15th, 2023. Registration to present at the conference is a small fee of $10, but we are willing to sponsor students that feel that the fee would be a financial burden. If this is the case, please contact Susanna Barrett. The registration fee for non-presenting attendees is $5, and judges can attend the conference for free. Everyone (student presenters, judges, faculty, and other attendees) must register in order to attend the event.
We are looking for faculty, postdoc, and graduate student volunteers to judge student presentations and give feedback to presenters. If you would be interested in volunteering as a judge at the conference, please let us know!
The Department of Chemistry at the University of Illinois is committed to encouraging a diverse and supportive environment in chemistry, where every student is provided with the opportunities and resources necessary to succeed in their chemical career. To attempt to bring balance in disparity between the diversity of our society and the diversity of the scientists and professionals in the chemical sciences, we encourage applications from individuals who identify as one or more of the following underrepresented groups: racial/ethnic minority (Black, Native American, or Latinx/e), LGBTQIA+, or persons with disabilities.
This event is co-sponsored by the ECI local section of the American Chemical Society, the UIUC ACS Undergraduate Student Chapter, the ECI Women Chemists Committee at UIUC, the ECI Younger Chemists Committee, and the SACNAS and Friends Chapter at UIUC.
Be sure to check our website and Facebook page for updates regarding the details of the conference!
For information about previous conferences including a list of awards and past winners click here.
For questions or more information about the upcoming conference, please email our conference coordinators: Susanna Barrett (seb5 [at] illinois.edu) and Thomas Truzpek (trt2 [at] illinois.edu) .
July 28th, 2023
Presenter Registration Form: LINK
Presenter Registration and Abstract Submission Deadline
September 15th, 2023
Non-Presenter Registration Form: LINK
Non-Presenter Registration Deadline
October 20th, 2023
October 28th, 2023
NOTE: Dues may be paid via PayPal. Please find our account by searching for the e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. If there are any problems, please contact Susanna Barrett or Thomas Trzupek.
Aidan C. Lindsay, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Oral Presentation, "Theoretical investigations into photoluminescent Au25@Ag bimetallic nanoclusters"
Cody Arnold, University of Illinois Chicago, Poster Presentation, "Characterizing Redox Active Dimolybdenum Complexes for Nonaqueous Redox Flow Batteries Using Solubility Study Validation Methods"
Morten Lee, University of Chicago, Poster Presentation, "Chemotherapeutic nanoscale coordination polymers (NCPs) for active transport to tumors"
Megan Murphy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Poster Presentation, "Synthesis of Regioregular Poly(allenamer)s via Ring-Opening Allene Metathesis Polymerization of Substituted Cyclic Allenes"
Siddhi Shetty, Purdue University, Poster Presentation, "Determining the binding between PLC epsilon and RhoA using the nanoluciferase assay"
Isaiah Lopez, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Poster Presentation, "Investigation of the Role of the Coenzyme F420H2-Dependent Oxidoreductase Cao12 in the Generation of D-Amino Acids in Cacaoidin"
George Barton, Eastern Illinois University, Poster Presentation, "Modeling CO Adsorption of Platinum Nanocluster Ensembles on Graphene"
Elizabeth Serna-Sanchez (Eastern Illinois University), Poster Presentation, "Mapping of the Thermal Decomposition of PFOA"