Norris-Richards Undergraduate Summer Research Scholarship
The Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society established the James Flack Norris and Theodore William Richards Undergraduate Summer Scholarships to honor the memories of Professors Norris and Richards by promoting research interactions between undergraduate students and faculty.
Research awards of $3500 will be given for the Summer of 2015. The student stipend is $3000 for a minimum commitment of ten weeks of full-time research work. The remaining $500 of the award can be spent on supplies, travel, and other items relevant to the student project.
Institutions whose student/faculty team receives a Norris/Richards Undergraduate Summer Research Scholarship are expected to contribute toward the support of the faculty members and to waive any student fees for summer research. Academic credit may be granted to the students at the discretion of the institutions.
Award winners are required to submit a report (5-7 double-spaced pages including figures, tables, and bibliography) of their summer projects to the NESACS Education Committee by October 23, 2015 for publication in The Nucleus. They are also required to participate in the Northeast Student Chemistry Research Conference (NSCRC) in April 2016.
Applications will be accepted from student/faculty teams at colleges and universities within the Northeastern Section. The undergraduate student must be a chemistry, biochemistry, chemical engineering, or molecular biology major in good standing, and have completed at least two full years of college-level chemistry by Summer 2015.

Criteria for Selection:

  • scientific merit - important factors include the originality of the project, the depth of the investigation, the significance of the scientific questions you pose, and the methods you propose to use.
  • feasibility - evidence must be provided to demonstrate that the project can be completed by you in the time available and with the facilities at your disposal.
  • preparation - your academic record, your ability to handle the project, and the background study you have made on your research problem will be taken into consideration.
  • commitment - the depth of your commitment, and that of your department, faculty, and institution to independent research as a vital component of science education will be assessed.
Completed applications are due to be submitted via email (PDF format) no later than March 30, 2015 at 5:00 pm, to the Chair of the Selection Committee:
Professor Jonathan Rochford
Department of Chemistry
University of Massachusetts Boston
100 Morrissey Boulevard
Boston, MA 02125-3393

Applicants will be notified of the results by email by April 20, 2015, with written confirmation to follow.

Application for 2016

Call for Papers
Undergraduate Research Poster Session
at the
249th National Meeting of the
American Chemical Society
Denver, Colorado
March 22-26, 2015
The ACS invites undergraduate students to submit abstracts of their research papers for presentation at the Undergraduate Research Poster Session (URPS), which will be part of the extensive programming for undergraduates at this national meeting.  Submit your abstract electronically by mid-late October – date not yet set to <>. Click on the CHED division and then select the URPS site that is appropriate to the subject of your paper.  Please follow the directions carefully.
For further information, contact:
ACS Student Affiliates Program
1155 Sixteenth Street, NW
Washington, DC  20036
Tel: (800) 227-5558, ext. 6166
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16th Annual Northeastern Section Undergraduate Day Report
Sponsored by the Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society
Submitted by Marietta Schwartz
The Sixteenth Annual NESACS Undergraduate Day was held at UMass Boston on Saturday, February 27th, 2010. Approximately 70 people were in attendance, including students from area colleges and universities such as Stonehill College, Emmanuel College, Salem State College, UMass Boston, and Boston College.
The keynote address, “When You Come To A Fork In The Road, Take It” was given by Berkeley W. Cue, Jr., Vice President (retired), Pharmaceutical Services, Pfizer Global R&D. Dr. Cue spoke to a packed room on his career trajectory and how it had changed over the years; he recommended that students take advantage of any opportunity that presents itself. He also strongly encouraged students to participate in undergraduate research if at all possible.
Talks by Dr. Radha Jalan, CEO, Electrochem, Inc. on being a science entrepreneur and by Professor Wei Zhang of UMass Boston on “Research with Green Chemistry Tools” ended the morning program. Career services professionals were on hand during the lunch hour for résumé reviews, and materials from many graduate programs were also available for student perusal.
The afternoon concluded with panel discussions on choosing and applying to graduate school and on careers in chemistry. Students left with a greater appreciation for chemistry as a career and with large amounts of information on the wide variety of opportunities in the field. Overall, a successful day!