Dear Colleague:

The Western New York section of the American Chemical Society will hold its 10th annual Undergraduate Research Symposium on Saturday, April 8, 2017 on the campus of Niagara University.  The event is being hosted by the Department of Biochemistry, Chemistry and Physics and the Niagara University Student Chapter of ACS.

The Symposium will feature a keynote address entitled “Surface Analysis Across Disciplines” by Dr. Christine M. Mahoney. Dr. Mahoney is currently a Senior Research Scientist at Corning, Inc. and she previously held senior research positions at several national labs, including NIST and Pacific Northwest National Lab. There will be prizes for the best student posters and oral presentations.

There is a $5.00 registration fee for this year’s symposium.  This includes a light breakfast and buffet lunch.  A vegetarian option will be available.  We ask that attendees register using the attached form and pay (cash) at the registration table when arriving at the symposium.

For undergraduate researchers who wish to present a poster or a 10-minute oral presentation at the symposium, please provide this information on the registration form, and submit an abstract via email using the attached Abstract Template.  Acceptance of presentations will be on a rolling basis while space remains in the sessions, with final important deadlines below.

Abstracts for Oral session Abstracts for Poster session Pre-registration
Monday, March 20th, 2017 Thursday, March 30th, 2017 Friday, March 31st, 2017


Tentative Schedule of Events Saturday, April 8, 2017

University Dining Commons Addition

Niagara University, Lewiston, NY


8:00 am – 8:50 am                   Registration (coffee and light breakfast)

8:50 am – 9:00 am                   Opening Remarks

9:00 am-10:00 am                   Keynote presentation: Dr. Christine M. Mahoney, Corning, Inc.

10:00 am – 11:45 am               Student Oral Presentations

11:45 am – 1:00 pm                 Lunch

1:00 pm  –  2:30 pm                 Student Poster Session

2:30 pm                                   Symposium Awards and Closing remarks


For further information about the 2017 Symposium, please see the WNYACS website at:


Submit your registration and presentation abstract by email to:

Dr. Timothy M. Gregg,               email:


If you know of a researcher or faculty advisor who may not have received this notice, could you please pass on this information?


Thanks.  We hope to see you in April!


Dr. Robyn E. Goacher

2017 Symposium Committee Chair


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