Thank you for attending the 6th Annual ECI-ACS Undergraduate Research Conference! We hope you will join us next year for the 2022 conference!
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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.
The East Central Illinois section of the American Chemical Society extends an invitation for all students and professionals in the chemical sciences to attend the 6th Annual ECI ACS Undergraduate Research Conference, featuring undergraduate research posters and oral presentations. Due to concerns regarding COVID-19 and to provide accessible opportunities for students to share their work, the conference will take place virtually on Saturday November 13th, 2021 via the GatherTown platform. This year, we are excited to include virtual networking opportunities with our sponsoring organizations and a Keynote Speaker. Our 2021 Keynote Address will be provided by Ms. Patricia Simpson, Director of Academic Advising and Career Services at UIUC. After the keynote address, students will be able to give poster and oral presentations in different sessions throughout the day. Awards for best presentations will be announced and mailed out following the conference.
All undergraduates involved in research in the chemical sciences and related fields are invited to submit abstracts and present a virtual poster or virtual oral presentation. All abstracts will be accepted, and we encourage submissions in a wide variety of research topics. Registration will open October 8th, and the deadline for abstract submission is November 5th, 2021. Registration to present at the conference is a small fee of $5, but we are willing to sponsor students that feel as if the fee would be a financial burden. If this is the case, please send an email to Selena Hernandez. Everyone (student presenters, judges, faculty, and attendees) must register to receive links to access 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 (African-American, Native American, & Hispanic), LGBTQIA+, or persons who are differently abled. Awards for best presentations will be sponsored by the East Central Illinois American Chemical Society (ECI-ACS), the Women Chemists Committee (WCC), the Younger Chemists Committee (YCC), the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) and Friends chapter, and the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE) Chapter.
This event is co-sponsored by the ECI section of the American Chemical Society, the UIUC 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.
October 8th, 2021
Abstract Submission Deadline
November 5th, 2021
Judge Registration Deadline
November 5th, 2021
Poster and Slides Submission Deadline
November 10th, 2021
November 13th, 2021
Virtual on "GatherTown"
By November 23rd
Award winners will be contacted via email
Claire Zimmerman, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Poster Presentation, "Conformationally Switchable Copper Complexes"
Annie Gowan, Purdue University, Oral Presentation, "Dimers of the Glioblastoma Chemotherapeutic Temozolomide Act as Transport Inhibitors of Pglycoprotein at the Blood-Brain Barrier"
Oluwafikayo Adeboye, Western Illinois University, Poster Presentation "Antioxidant capacity and Phenolic content in Wild and Domesticated Raspberry"
Max Moncada Cohen, University of Chicago, Oral Presentation "Infrared Compatible Rapid Mixing Technology to Probe Bimolecular Kinetics and Dynamics"
Elizabeth Serna-Sanchez, Eastern Illinois University, Poster Presentation "Modeling of the Thermal Decomposition Pathway of PFOA"
Jessica Villegas and Bryce Ball, Valparaiso University, Poster Presentation "Synthesis of Argemone mexicana Inspired Antimicrobial Agents"
Nawal Alghoraibi, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Poster Presentation "Electrochemical CO2-to-ethylene conversion on polyamine-incorporated Cu electrodes"
Jack Feldner and Tom Maher, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Poster Presentation "Site-Selective α-C-H Bromination of Secondary Alkyl Boronic Esters"
Ethan Leitschuh, Illinois College, Poster Presentation "Copper-Catalyzed Click Chemistry of Benzyl Azide and Phenylacetylene"
Maya Olcer, Univesity of Chicago, Poster Presentation "Effects of Polyethylene Glycol Conjugation of IFN-β-1a on the Immune Signature of Multiple Sclerosis"
Carolyn Karns, Eastern Illinois University, Poster Presentation "Effects of Polyethylene Glycol Conjugation of IFN-β-1a on the Immune Signature of Multiple Sclerosis"
Ananya Chakravarti, University of Chicago, Oral Presentation "Improved dynamics and prediction of polymer mobility in coarse-grained molecular dynamics simulations"
Ethan Oliver, Illinois State University, Oral Presentation "Then and Now: Adaptation of Sulfolobus Islandicus LeuRS-I for an alternative function"
Blake Mirman and Mytam Vo, the University of Illinois at Chicago, Poster Presentation "Introducing Water Quality Topics to Undergraduate Students at UIC"
Joseph Geniesse, University of Chicago, Oral Presentation "Physical Vapor Deposition of Cesium Silver Bismuth Halides as a Quantum Cutting Layer on Silicon Solar Cells to Increase their Power Conversion Efficiency"