Vaughan Symposium 2014

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Registration for the 2014 Victor C. Vaughan Symposium is now closed! The Vaughan Symposium will take place on Wednesday 30 July 2014. The morning industrial speaker is Dow Chemical Core R&D Fellow Michael Mills, Ph.D. The afternoon keynote speaker will be Dr. Etsuko Fujita from Brookhaven National Laboratory. Please see the website for details regarding their abstracts and biographies.


The Vaughan Symposium will also feature six student talks and three poster sessions where graduate students and postdocs can present their research. Students are encouraged to present in one of the following areas: Analytical, ChemBio, Inorganic, Materials, Organic, Physical.

This year, the committee is also encouraging those who participate in Chemical Education research to submit a second abstract, in addition to their first, in order to present their chemical education research as well. This is to continue the mission of the Vaughan Symposium by encouraging collaboration and discussion, and to give students the opportunity to practice scientific communication.

The Dow Chemical Company has again generously provided travel grant awards for outstanding student talks and posters. In order to decide who will be awarded a travel grant, volunteer judges are required. If you are interested in being a judge (graduate students, post docs, and faculty are welcome), please indicate that during registration. Thank you in advance for volunteering your time to ensure the continued success of the symposium!

CPDO will be hosting the first ever Michigan Department of Chemistry Alumni Dinner that will take place Wednesday 30 July after the symposium. This event is designed to enable communication between successful University of Michigan chemistry alumni and current graduate students and postdocs. Due to space and networking restrictions, there will be a limit on the number of students accepted. Therefore, priority will be given to graduate students who are going into their 4th year or above and postdocs, since they are entering the job market sooner. If you are interested in attending this event, please indicate that during registration. By signing up, you are not guaranteed a spot, as space is limited. You will be notified if you are selected to attend.

*** Important: If you have not used your travel grant from a previous year or are not sure if you have one, please contact Cornelius Wright in the main office. If you do not use your travel grant by the time you graduate you will lose it.