Graduate Student Symposium Planning Committee
The Graduate Student Symposium Planning Committee (GSSPC) was created in 2005 to facilitate ongoing involvement among graduate students in planning symposia at ACS national meetings. Student groups are chosen from a university to produce quality symposia, co-sponsored by the ACS Division of Chemical Education (CHED), of interest to the chemical community.
According to the project charter, the GSSPC Project provides:
- a national forum for graduate students to make their own views known
- an outlet for graduate students to develop a professional network and leadership skills
- a sustainable source of quality programming for CHED
GSSPC groups are given full autonomy in planning an ACS national meeting symposium. This includes, but is not limited to topic selection, fundraising, speaker recruitment, and logistical arrangements.
In addition to planning national meeting symposia, teams must also commit to ensuring the continuation of the program by recruiting future GSSPC groups, mentoring successive groups, and updating the GSSPC handbook.
For more information, see the GSSPC Project Charter.
How are GSSPC Groups Selected?
Interested student groups send in applications to and are selected by active GSSPC Groups.
Types of Symposium
- Technical (e.g. nanotechnology, sustainable energy)
- “Soft” Programming (e.g. careers, work-life balance)
- Symposia that address larger ACS national meeting themes (e.g. natural disaster)
- University of Washington (Fall 2014)
International Collaborations with International Impact: Chemistry for Global Change
- University at Austin Texas (Spring 2014)
Elements in Transition: Is Chemistry Facing a Revolution or a Recession?
- University of Cincinnati (Fall 2013)
The Chemistry of Energy: Minimizing its Input, Maximizing its Output
- University of California Irvine (Spring 2013)
Benchtop to Business: Energy Solutions for a Green Future
- Binghamton University (Fall 2012)
The Power of Chemistry in Public Health: Drug Development from the Lab Bench to the Consumer
- California Institute of Technology (Spring 2012)
Chemical Biology: When two heads are better than one
- Southern Methodist University (Fall 2011)
Chemistry by Design
- University of Texas at Austin (Spring 2011)
Unleashing Electrochemistry’s Potential: Resistance is Futile
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Fall 2010)
Chemistry and Policy: Solving Problems at the Interface
- University of California, Santa Barbara (Spring 2010)
Chemistry and the Developing World
- George Washington University (Spring 2009)
- University of Connecticut (Fall 2008)
Transitioning into Green Chemistry
- University of California, Los Angeles (Spring 2008)
Nanopower ― Creating Energy for the Future
- Purdue University (Fall 2007)
Finding Your Catalyst: Lower the Barrier from the Graduate School to Industry
- Ohio State University (Spring 2007)
Exploring and Exploiting Nature with Biomimetics
Balancing the Equation: Finding a Personal-Professional Equilibrium
For more information, email the ACS Graduate & Postdoctoral Scholars Office or call (202) 872-4588.