Southeastern Regional Meeting 2016


Poster and Presentation Info

Undergraduate Program October 23-26


Sunday October 23
Pictures with the SERMACS Mole for Mole Day
4-6 PM CHEMISTRY CARNIVAL Sponsored by Claflin & Francis Marion Universities and ACS)
CMCC Location: Richland C 

____  Periodic Table Velcro Darts (Claflin)

____  Find the Molecule in the Ooblek (Claflin)

____  Pin the Nitro Group on Benzene - Make TNT (Coastal Carolina)

____  Guess How Many Moles of Sand are in the Jar (Coastal Carolina)

____  Personal Protection Equipment Relay (College of Charleston)

____  Erlenmeyer Ring Toss (College of Charleston)

____  Toss the Mole in the Cup (Converse)

____ Nalgene Bottle Bowling (Converse)

____ Feed the Mole Cornhole (Francis Marion)

____ Can You Make Fire with Bare Hands (Francis Marion)

____ Take Your Picture with the Mole (Francis Marion)

____ Fishing for the Biggest Molecule (Furman)

6 PM Undergraduate Mixer, Line Dancing, and Pizza Party (Sponsored by the College of Charleston, and the ACS)
CMCC Location: Richland  
Monday October 24
Undergraduate Poster Sessions
Graduate School Fair
YCC/WCC Luncheon
Sci-Mix Poster Session sponsored by South Carolina EPSCoR
Minority Chemists Dinner 
Tuesday October 25
General Session Oral Presentations and Poster Sessions & Symposia
Finding Your Pathway Workshop 
Resume Review Workshop  
Liquid nitrogen Ice Cream Social with ACS Board of Directors
Awards Luncheon with Nobel Laureate Martin Chalfie (sponsored by Eastman) -see below
Chemistry Demonstrations - Dr. Al Hazari 

"Night at the Museum"- Planetarium shows at the South Carolina State Museum
301 Gervais Street
Wednesday October 26
General Session Oral Presentations and Poster Sessions & Symposia
SERMACS 2016 Awards Luncheon  .

Lunch with the Laureate

Tuesday October 25

2008 Nobel Chemistry Laureate Martin Chalfie  12:00 noon - 1:30


Enjoy lunch with 2008 Nobel Laureate Martin Chalfie at the Hickory Tavern (907 Senate Street, just a two minute walk from the convention center).  Dr. Chalfie shared the Nobel chemistry prize that year for the discovery and development of the green fluorescent protein (GFP). Be sure to purchase your ticket when you register for the meeting. $5 for undergraduates.  Sponsored by Eastman.  Awards will be presented to winners of the poster session competition.


Important Info

Dear ACS Student Chapter Faculty Advisors and Chemistry Department Chairs,

The organizing committee for SERMACS 2016 in Columbia, SC would like to call your attention to a couple of items concerning the conference that are a little different this year.

First, the conference will be October 23-26th which is Sunday through Wednesday rather than the typical Wednesday-Sunday.  We have an exciting line-up of speakers and symposia.

Second, because of the change in days of the week, the conference is heavy on undergrad activities at the beginning of the conference.  Our undergrad social event will be held in the late afternoon of the opening day (Sunday, Oct 23rd).   We will post more info when we have a firm schedule.

Third and most important, we have already begun accepting abstracts and the deadline for submission is August 15th, 2016.  This date most likely corresponds with the week before or the first week of your fall classes and can be a very hectic time.  Because this is an important venue for many undergraduates to present research (and much less expensive than a national meeting), we ask that you encourage students to write their abstracts over the summer or at the end of their summer research. 

We would like a broad representation of student research from the southeast region and hope to accomplish that goal by making you aware of these changes and deadlines for this year’s conference. 


Dr. Jennifer Kelley

Undergraduate Program Chair, SERMACS 2016

For more information please contact Jennifer Kelley .

Undergraduate Travel Grants

Travel grants of $150 per research group institution have been awarded. Thanks to 

for sponsoring htese grants.           


Undergraduate Poster Session Winners