After two years of virtual conferences, the annual East Central Illinois ACS Undergraduate Research Conference returned to an in-person format on Nov. 12, 2022, at the Illini Union on the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign campus.
Several Illinois chemistry students delivered oral and poster presentations about the research they participate in as undergraduate researchers at UIUC. The presenters were Aidan Lindsay, Zhuoran Zhong, Matthew Dake, Hunter Carrell, Isaiah Lopez, Megan Murphy, Qasim Sikander, and Zoe Wachtel.
The conference drew undergraduate chemistry researchers from 10 colleges and universities in the region, including Purdue University, Southern Illinois University, Eastern Illinois University, University of Chicago, Illinois Wesleyan University and others.
The conference is co-sponsored by the East Central Illinois 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 and provides undergraduates involved in research in the chemical sciences an excellent opportunity to present their research in person through oral and poster presentations. It also offers networking opportunities with conference sponsoring organizations and a keynote address. This year, Jennifer Tasneem, Career Services Coordinator for the School of Chemical Sciences at UIUC, was the keynote speaker: “From College to Career: Opportunities in the Chemical Sciences and Beyond.”