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MacMurray students attend national meeting

October 26, 2011

MacMurray chemistry students traveled to St. Louis last week to attend The American Chemical Society’s national meeting on Oct. 20, 2011. The American Chemical Society is the world’s largest scientific society, hosting two national meetings each year.

 More than 600 people presented their research in St. Louis last week. Many diverse topics were shown, giving each MacMurray student an extensive view of different subjects in the chemical sciences.

 “I think it’s important that the students get exposed to these types of meetings for many reasons,” said Nadine Szczepanski, MacMurray’s Shonle professor of chemistry. “It was a good opportunity for them to learn how people present their research results in a formal setting.”

 The meeting attended by four MacMurray students was a joint meeting of the Midwest region and the Great Lakes region of the American Chemical Society. The researchers present at the meeting displayed their work either as a short lecture or through a poster presentation.

 "By attending a meeting such as this, (students) have the opportunity to speak with representatives of graduate schools and learn about the different type of research opportunities that are available,” Prof. Szczepanski said. “The grad school representatives told the students what they need to do to make their applications to graduate school competitive.”

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