In our last post, we talked about research collaborations between DePaul Faculty and other researchers around the US and the World. In this post, we wanted to focus in to the city of Chicago and local areas. Part of DePaul’s mision is to engage Chicago and use the resources of this great city in our teaching and research, and the Chemistry Department is no exception!
We have a strong connection to our local community here in the city of Chicago. Below are some highlights of recent and current programs.
- Dr. Kyle Grice does outreach at DePaul Prep, a private Catholic high school in the area. He is also ACS Science coach, working with a local high school chemistry teacher. Through this program, the high school program received funding for supplies and equipment, and Dr. Grice also provides guidance and feedback on lab experiments.
- Dr. Timothy French has launched a “Discover Chicago” course (incoming first year students take Discover or Explore Chicago courses in ther first quarter) entitled “Chicago: Food, Science, and Society”. The course will run as part of the Pathways Honors program in the coming fall quarter. Dr. French also works with the Von Steuben Metropolitan Science Center, a CPS high school in the North Park neighborhood. He works with them on judging science fairs and preparing their science Olympiad team.
- Several faculty members collaborate with researchers at the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science (RFUMS). These projects also involve DePaul student researchers working on the projects.
- DePaul chemistry students go to the Chicago Area Undergraduate Research Symposium (CAURS) every year to present their research. If you are a student, consider going next year!
We found out recently that Cesar Saucedo, a Junior Chemistry major, won 1st place in Oral presentations at the Louise Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) spring symposium in STEM. Cesar’s talk was titled “Electrochemical Behavior of Group 6 Metal Carbonyls for CO2 Reduction.” Congratulations Cesar!
LSAMP is an organization that supports minority participation in Science and Technology, and they can fund students performing research in chemistry. They have a yearly spring symposium where students from several Illinois colleges and universities come to present their research in the form of posters and oral presentations. If you are interested in being involved in the LSAMP program at DePaul, contact Victoria Simek at the STEM center.
Related to our recent post highlighting faculty publications in 2016, our faculty members have been busy sharing the wonderful work that has been going on here at DePaul during some recent conference trips.
During the summer of 2016, Dr. Timothy French was awarded a travel grant so that he could travel to The Biennial Conference on Chemical Education and present a talk regarding the development of his Discover Chicago (LSP110) course entitled “Chicago: Food, Science and Society”. He had previously attended a cCWCS workshop regarding food chemistry in summer 2015 and used the information he had learned there to develop this course. Dr. French gave a presentation on how this workshop had transformed his teaching and inspired the creation of his LSP110, which explores special topics such as molecular gastronomy and the way that food shapes our culture and society, with specific focus on foods produced and consumed in Chicago.
Although Chicago is a big city, we don’t often have a lot of chemistry conferences in Chicago for students to attend (the ACS National Meeting hasn’t been in Chicago for a long time, but it will be back in 2022). However, there are opportunities out there. We wanted to let you know about some upcoming conference opportunities in Chicago.
In April, the annual Chicago Area Undergraduate Research Symposium (CAURS) will be hosted by Roosevelt University. It’s on Saturday April 29th, and registration is free. Students from DePaul present every year and you should talk to your research advisor about giving a poster or oral presentation. If you haven’t given a poster presentation at a conference, this is a very good place to do it the first time. You need to register with an abstract online, and the last day to do so is March 31st. We hope to see you there!
Pittcon is coming to Chicago March 5-9 at McCormick Place. Pittcon is a more industry/instrumentation/technical-focused conference compared to others and would be a good conference to attend if you are interested in a technical position in industry. They have an employment bureau as a part of the registration to help you find potential employers. Student (undergraduate and graduate) registration is $50.