The 17th Annual ACS-SA Undergraduate Research Symposium at UC San Diego
BY AAKASH DAVASAM
On May 18, 2023, the 17th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium hosted by the American Chemical Society-Student Affiliates (ACS-SA) took place. This much-anticipated annual event brought together students and faculty from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UC San Diego to witness the diverse and groundbreaking work performed by undergraduate students. The symposium spanned various fields, including but not limited to biochemistry, physical chemistry, organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, and even chemical education, showcasing the breadth of talent within the department.
To secure an invitation to present at the symposium, undergraduates were required to submit an abstract approved by their principal investigator (PI), or the professor who oversaw their research. Upon acceptance, they were required to create a poster showcasing their work. These posters, along with the students’ presentations, were evaluated by select graduate students and faculty members.
For the first time ever, the symposium welcomed Graphite. Being a relatively new organization, Graphite seized the opportunity to showcase their past work, including their inaugural print edition, and extended their reach by informing fellow undergraduates about the organization’s mission — to make science accessible and fun for all students!
A highlight of the symposium was the award ceremony, featuring a keynote speaker whose inspiring words set the tone for the duration of the event. Department representatives recognized outstanding poster participants and scholarship recipients, celebrating achievements within the department and providing motivation for future students to excel in their research and academic endeavors.
The 17th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium proved to be an elucidating event, fostering a sense of community and academic excellence within the department. As this tradition continues to thrive, it will undoubtedly continue to contribute to the growth and advancement of talented undergraduates.
On the left featured: Vicky Chen
Major: Biochemistry, Class of 2024
Marye Anne Fox Undergraduate Excellence Award Recipient
On the right featured: Josef Daniels
Major: Molecular Synthesis, Class of 2024
Outstanding Poster Award Recipient (Inorganic Chemistry)