ACS-SA’s week 2 GBM was an Officer Info Night. It was our first event held online through Zoom, in light of the current COVID-19 situation. The event began with a lighthearted social where we played a Kahoot game testing members fun facts about the UCSD Chemistry department. Then, there was a short presentation by our president on the ACS-SA officer board, outlining the goals of our organization and the responsibilities of officers. The individual board positions were discussed in more depth by the officer currently holding that role. At the end, there was a Q&A session for prospective officer applicants to get a better understanding of the inner workings of ACS-SA.
ACS-SA had an online Symposium Info Night and Poster Workshop through Zoom for our week 5 GBM. Firstly, there was a short presentation that outlined the details of the virtual (Zoom) ACS-SA Symposium. This allowed presenters to better understand the timeline, environment, and the requirements of the symposium. Presenters were also given some time to ask questions and clarify the situation. Then, Dr. Bussey gave a detailed guideline on how to best prepare a scientific poster, covering topics such as color scheme, fonts, data display, and poster organization. Afterwards, there was a Q&A session. The event is designed to help presenters better convey their research results in preparation for the ACS-SA Symposium. Dr. Bussey’s slides from the presentation can be found on our Facebook Page!
For ACS-SA’s week 7 virtual GBM, we held a Game Night Championship of skribbl.io through Zoom. Officers and members were sorted into two groups to play in an initial 3-round match. The top three players of the first match were then placed in a winner’s bracket match, competing for the first-place prize of a year of undergraduate ACS membership. The remaining prizes included Starbucks gift cards. The rest of the participants contended in a consolation match. At the end, winners were announced and prizes were awarded. Overall, this was a light-hearted and fun social event.
For our week 9 event, ACS-SA continued to host our 14th Annual ACS-SA Symposium through a virtual Zoom platform. Being our largest event, this was a significant achievement as an undergraduate chemistry organization to be able to continue this event under these special circumstances. This event provided a unique opportunity for undergraduate students to showcase their research to the academic community at UCSD. Presenters were organized into 3 divisions: biochemistry, organic/inorganic and physical/analytical chemistry. Within each division, presenters were split into groups of 3-4 and assigned a Zoom room with one UCSD faculty judge and one ACS-SA moderator. Each presenter was allowed 10 minutes to present their poster, and judges were given 5 minutes for a questioning period afterwards. The judging section lasted one hour, and then presenters were given one hour to open their own Zoom rooms and continue their poster presentation to the general public. Following the poster presentations and reception session, Dr. Jeremy Klosterman gave an inspiring keynote address stressing the importance of undergraduate research in his international academic journey from US to Japan. Finally, the poster award winners and recipients of different scholarships and undergraduate awards were announced by the UC San Diego Division of Physical Sciences. Closing remarks were given by Dr. Vicki Grassian to conclude this successful event.
ACS-SA welcomes you to attend our fourth End-of-the-year banquet! It has been a year of ups and downs but we are so glad that you made it through. Come celebrate and congratulate yourself on making it through in our virtual banquet. Cords, superlatives, senior recognition will be awarded to attendees.
Deadline to RSVP will be: Friday, May 29th 11:59 PM. Please RSVP by then so we know how many people to account for!