Symposium 2021

During spring quarter, UCSD ACS-SA partners with the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry to host an Undergraduate Research Symposium celebrating the research contribution of our student chemist community. The event provides our student researchers with a great opportunity to practice science communication using a poster presentation.  Presenting a poster is required for department honors, and the best presenters within each division receive a symposium poster presentation award. More information on department honors and undergraduate student awards can be found below:

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, ACS-SA’s Undergraduate Research Symposium will take place on Zoom. During the poster sessions, we will be utilizing breakout rooms to host poster presentations. It is important that you have the most recent version of Zoom installed, so that you can choose the poster presentations to see. More information on how to use breakout rooms and how to check your Zoom version can be found below:

Poster Presentation

Looking for an opportunity to enhance your undergraduate research experience by communicating your findings to a welcoming chemistry community? The ACS-SA Symposium this upcoming Spring 2021 is perfect for you! Present your findings via digital poster to fellow undergraduates, faculty judges, and the community at large. 

-The winning poster from each division will receive a $200 scholarship.
-Fulfills the poster presentation criteria for departmental honors.
-Open to students of all majors conducting chemistry research.

Due to the nature of the Zoom format, attendees at the ACS-SA symposium may have the ability to record (i.e. screenshot) posters, and it is beyond our control. By submitting a poster, you are aware that sensitive data may be obtained without the permissions of the presenter and/or the organizers.

The deadline for abstract submission is May 7, 2021 at 11:59 pm.

Video Competition

Do you have a research project you’re really passionate about, or that you want to pursue in the future? Or do you have a chemistry topic you’d like to share with the world?

Our first annual Symposium Video Competition is designed to be more creative than competitive! We hope to encourage the development of science communication skills, even without a completed research project. The video should describe a research project, the motivations, experimental setup, predictions, and/or implications. Most of all, it should demonstrate your interest and passion in the subject. The video must be within 3-5 minutes of length.

-The winner of the video competition will receive $200 and the two runner ups will receive $75.
-You may submit both a video and a poster presentation.
-Video submission does not fulfill the poster presentation requirement for departmental honors.
-Open to students of all majors conducting chemistry research.

The deadline for video sign up is May 7, 2021 at 11:59 pm, and the deadline for video submission is May 21, 2021 at 11:59 pm.


Thursday, May 27, 2021 at 2:30 - 6:00 pm

  • Poster Presentations (2:30 - 4:00 pm)

    From 2:30 to 4:00 pm, presenters will be assigned individual breakout rooms. From 2:40 - 4:00 pm, presenters will give four 20-minute poster presentations. Each presentation will consist of a 3-minute elevator pitch, followed by questions from the judge and/or viewers. Students in different time zones have the option to record their presentations (Contact us:

  • Video Screening (4:00 - 5:00 pm)

    Watch the research videos submissions in the main zoom room. Winners will be determined by popular vote.

  • Poster Award Ceremony (5:00 - 6:00 pm)

    Live keynote address by Dr. Stallings and the poster award ceremony.

Abstract Booklet