The New York Chemistry Students’ Association
2008 STUDENT AFFLIATE COMMITTEE
56th UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM
Dr JaimeLee Rizzo, Pace University
Dr. Sharon Lall-Ramnarine, Queensborough Community College
Dr. Alison Hyslop, St. John's University
Committee Members: Alison Hyslop (Co-Chair), Sharon Lall-Ramnarine
(Co-Chair), JaimeLee Rizzo (Co-Chair), Sharokh Saba, James Caiccio, Richard
Cassetta, Neil Jespersen, Sasan Karimi, Pamela Kerrigan, Yorke Rhodes,
Nanette Watcher, Raifah Kabbani, Jill Rehmann, Zhaohua Dai, Justyna Widera.
Committee meeting and planning for the 56th URS took place on May 17,
2008 at Queensborough Community College. Members of the Students’ Association
Committee present: Justyna Widera, Zhaohua Dai, Richard Cassetta,
Alison Hyslop, Sharon Lall-Ramnarine, JaimeLee Rizzo
Number of URS Attendees: Estimated at ~280 students, faculty, family
Number of Presentations: 109
THE SYMPOSIUM >>>>>>>>
The New York Chemistry Students' Association of the
New York Section held its 56th URS on Saturday, May 71, 2008, at Queensborough
Community College, Bayside, NY. One hundred thirty
three papers from 31 different colleges were presented in twenty
concurrent sessions. The areas covered were analytical, biochemistry,
chemical education, environmental/green, inorganic, organic, nano- and surface
chemistry, physical and polymer chemistry.
Attendees were formally welcomed by Dr. Alison Hyslop
and Sharon Lall-Ramnarine, Co-Chairs, Students’ Association Committee,
who introduced Dr. Paris Svoronos, Chair of the Chemistry Department at
Queensborough Community College, Dr. Marc Walters, the ACS New York Section
Chair, and Dr. Eduardo Marti, President of Queensborough Community College.
Dr. Sharon Lall-Ramnarine, Co-Chair, Students’ Association Committee then
introduced the keynote speaker Dr. JaimeLee Rizzo, Department of Chemistry,
Pace University. The keynote presentation entitled “Antimicrobial and Antiviral
Surfaces” was a wonderful introduction to the field of organic and surface
chemistry. As a token of appreciation from the ACS-NY Section, the speaker
was presented with an inscribed plaque commemorating the event. The group
picture was taken and then students, faculty and guests attended the student
presentations taking place in twelve concurrent sessions.
The students gave 15 minute PowerPoint Presentations.
The conference rooms were equipped with computers and projection systems.
Student presentations were saved on either CD or flash and, for the first
time, there were no computer compatibility problems.
Representatives from McGraw Hill, Wiley, Pearson/Prentice
Hall, Cengage, Pepsi, Ciba, Maruzen, Dionex, Hitachi, and On Assignment
Lab Support attended the symposium. Tables were made available for
these representatives in the reception area.
The symposium concluded with a luncheon and an Award
Reception where students were presented with Certificates of Participation
and mementos (flash drives) were distributed by Sharon Lall-Ramnarine,
Alison Hyslop and JaimeLee Rizzo, including an “ice cream social”.
Student moderators were also presented with flash drives for
<<<<<<<< SYMPOSIUM PREPARATIONS
Announcements for this event were made electronically
by e-mail as well as advertising in the Indicator issues of February, March
and April. Submission of abstracts was done using e-mail and web technology.
The program for the day and a complete listing of all student abstracts were
published in the book of abstracts which was distributed to all attendees
and can be found at http://www.newyorkacs.org/urs.html. The website for
submission was developed and maintained by Paul Tukey the Web Master for
the ACS-NY section. In addition to the registration of presenters we added
two other categories, one for the registration of mentors and another for
the registration of guests to help us estimate the number of attendees to
the program. Receipt of the abstracts online, collation and organization
of the abstract booklet was performed by Sharon Lall-Ramnarine and Alison
Hyslop. Printing of the abstracts was carried out at Queensborough
The arrangements at Queensborough Community College
were overseen by Sharon Lall-Ramnarine. These arrangements included planning
the breakfast and lunch, scheduling the moderators, staffing the reception
area, arranging for AV support, converting the program to PDF and hiring
a printer, printing the badges and making sure signage was in place to direct
the symposium participants.
Fund raising was managed by JaimeLee Rizzo. JaimeLee
Rizzo also ordered the flash drives from Princeton Disc which were presented
to the students and moderators as mementos. Neil Jespersen made the certificates
and Marilyn Jespersen ordered the plaque for the speaker. The photographer
was hired from Queensborough Community College, Paphoto.
FUND RAISING >>>>>>>>
Thanks to the generous support of local
industrial donors and for publishing companies, participants of this year’s
symposium received an abstract booklet, a memento, and a copy of the group
photo taken on the day of the symposium.
Participating Colleges and Students Presenting
Adelphi University 5
Borough of Manhattan Community College 3
Bronx Community College 2
Brooklyn College 5
Brown University 1
City College of New York 6
College of New Rochelle 1
CUNY College of Staten Island 6
Fairleigh Dickinson University 6
Hofstra University 2
Hostos Community College 1
Hunter College 4
John Jay College 5
Kingsborough Community College 3
Manhattan College 2
Medgar Evers College 2
NewYork City College of Technology 2
Pace University 4
Polytechnic University 6
Prince Georges Community College 1
Purchase College 4
Queens College 4
Queensborough Community College 31
Ramapo College of New Jersey 4
St. Francis College 2
St. John's University 9
Stony Brook University 1
Suffolk Community College 1
SUNY Geneseo 2
Wagner College 2
York College, CUNY 6
Total Students Presenting 133
$2000.00 was allocated by the ACS- NY section; the following institutions
made monetary donations in the amount of $13,375 (including guest and on-site
registration). There is an excess of $5517.14 (including the $2000 allocation
from the ACS-NY section).
Non-Student Affliate Presenter 385
OnSite Registration 325
OnSite Registration 45
Total Raised 13375
ACS Support 2000
Total Budget 15375
Money Spent 9857.86
Coffee break 275
Flash Drives 1655.5
Abstract Books 195
Breakfast (meeting) 10.3
Breakfast (meeting) 8.4
Receipt Book & Mail 19.22
JaimeLee Rizzo sent all sponsors official thank you letters and an abstract
book the week following the URS.
FUTURE CONSIDERATIONS >>>>>>>>>
Under the direction of the Students’ Association Committee, plans for
the 57th URS to be held at Pace University, May 2009 are currently underway.
Due to the very large contingent from Queensborough Community College
(QCC), in the future, the host institutions should have at least 25 AV equipped
rooms. In addition, the students from Community Colleges will have the option
of presenting their research in 10 minute blocks.
The committee wishes to extend its warmest thanks to the following individuals
for their generous help with the 56th URS: Prof. Neil Jespersen (St. John's
University, ACS NY Section), Marilyn Jespersen (ACS NY Section), Brian
Gibney (Web Master), Prof. Zhaohua Dai (Pace University), Prof. Justyna
Widera (Adelphi University)and the students and staff of the Chemistry Department
at Queensborough Community College.
Copies of the 56th URS abstract booklet and the group photo will be sent
to the ACS-NY office.
JaimeLee I. Rizzo