Graduate Student Symposium Planning Committee
Philadelphia, PA
Tuesday, August 21, 2012


About the GSSPC

     Since 2005, universities all around the country apply to be selected as the Graduate Student Symposium Planning Committee (GSSPC) for the ACS national meetings. Comprised of graduates students, the committee is responsible for planning and executing a day-long symposium at a national ACS meeting. This involves selecting a topic, recruiting speakers, raising funds, and hosting the symposium at an ACS National Conference, co-sponsored by the ACS Division of Chemical Education (CHED). Additionally, the committee is responsible for contributing to the application process by selecting and mentoring the next year's committee. The GSSPC provides the valuable opportunity for graduate students to gain experience in planning an internationally-attended symposium, network with the leaders in their field, and mentor a new group of graduate students.


Apply!

If you are interested in being the Graduate Student Symposium Planning Committee (GSSPC) for the 246th National ACS Meeting Fall 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana, please complete and submit your application by May 11, 2012.

Email Applications to: GSSPC.Binghamton@gmail.com


Members



Biographies


Emilly Obuya
Committee Chair

Emilly Obuya obtained her B.S. in Chemistry in 2006 from Kenyatta University, Kenya. She was admitted into the PhD program at Binghamton University in Fall 2007. Emilly is currently a 4th year graduate student working on her Ph.D. in Inorganic and Materials Chemistry under the guidance of Prof. Wayne E. Jones Jr. Her research is focused on the design, synthesis and in-depth characterization of TiO2-based nanomaterials for use as in green organic transformations as well as environmental remediation. Her role as the Committee Chair for the Fall 2012 GSSPC involves liaison with the ACS as well as current and future GSSPC groups. She is the official contact person and is responsible for the overall management of the Fall 2012 GSSPC.


Vincent Sica
Public Relations Chair

Vincent Sica obtained his B.A. in Chemistry in 2008 from SUNY Geneseo. He was admitted into the PhD program at Binghamton University in Fall 2008. Vincent is currently a 3rd year graduate student working on his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry under the guidance of Prof. Eriks Rozners. His research is focused on the design and synthesis of novel, efficient ligands for the asymmetric Nozaki-Hiyama-Kishi (NHK) reaction via chromium catalysis. His role as the Public Relations Chair for the Fall 2012 GSSPC involves advertisement, web design, and graphic design. He is responsible for the image and the overall public awareness of the Fall 2012 GSSPC.


Robert Congdon
Program Chair

Robert Congdon obtained his B.S and M.A. in Biochemistry in 2006 from the University of Scranton. He was admitted into the PhD program at Binghamton University in Fall 2008. Robert is currently a 3rd year graduate student working on his Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry under the guidance of Prof. Omowunmi Sadik. His research is focused on biofilm sensors. His role as the Program Chair for the Fall 2012 GSSPC involves contacting and organizing speakers for the symposium. He is responsible for obtaining and directing speakers for the Fall 2012 GSSPC.




Juddy Mwaura
Funding Chair

Juddy Mwaura obtained her B.S. from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture & Technology, Nairobi in 2004. She was admitted into the Ph.D. program at Binghamton University in Spring 2008. Juddy is currently a 4th year graduate student working on her Ph.D. in Biophysical Chemistry under the guidance of Prof. Christof Grewer. Her research focuses on the membrane-bound transport protein, EAAC1 and the mechanisms by which it regulates levels of the excitatory neurotransmitter glutamate in the brain. Her role as the Funding Chair for the Fall 2012 GSSPC involves steering fund raising strategies, as well as contacting and organizing sponsors to support the symposium. She is responsible for obtaining and directing funds for the Fall 2012 GSSPC.


Paul Tanui
Logistics Chair

Paul Tanui obtained his B.S. in Chemistry in 2005 from University of Nairobi. He was admitted into the Ph.D. program at Binghamton University in Fall 2007. Paul is currently a 4th year graduate student working on his Ph.D. in Bioorganic Chemistry under the guidance of Prof. Eriks Rozners. His research is focused on the design and synthesis of modified short interfering RNAs (siRNAs) with biological and therapeutic relevance. His role as the Logistics Chair for the Fall 2012 GSSPC involves coordinating travel arrangements, food, and lodging for the speakers and GSSPC committee members. He is responsible for the overall management of transportation and accommodation of the Fall 2012 GSSPC.


Megan Fegley
Communications Chair

Megan Fegley obtained her B.S. in Chemistry from Cedar Crest College, Allentown, PA in 2009. She was admitted into the Ph.D. program at Binghamton University in Fall 2009. Megan is currently a 2nd year graduate student working on her PhD. in Polymer Chemistry under the guidance of Prof. Wayne Jones. Her research is focused on the synthesis, characterization and application of fluorescent conjugated polymers for their use as chemosensors in the detection of metal ions present in environmental and biological systems. Her role as the Communications Chair for the Fall 2012 GSSPC involves communication and documentation of all GSSPC information. She is responsible for contacting committee members, arranging meetings, organizing documentation, and recording meeting activities for the Fall 2012 GSSPC.

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