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  • February 28 (Thursday) – Webinar: A Date with Science: Dinner and Dessert Chemistry

    • Co-hosted with the Rutgers Chemistry Graduate Student Association
    • The webinar will be presented on Thursday, February 28, 2012 at 7:30 PM in Wright-Rieman 260 on the Busch Campus of Rutgers University in Piscataway. The full address is: Wright Rieman Laboratories, 610 Taylor Road, Piscataway, NJ, 08854-8066.
    • The topic is the chemistry of cooking and the chemistry of sweetness, followed by a Q & A session. Drinks and refreshments will be provided.
    • For directions please visit: Rutgers map & directions
    • Also see: [ flyer ] [ note from Ashley ]


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About us:

The role of the NJACS Younger Chemists Committee is to promote the interests of members under the age of 35 (or close to that age). It provides graduate students, post-doctoral chemists, and young professionals with the opportunity to interact with other chemists in the section, to help them better direct their careers, and to increase their involvement in the ACS. We do it through organizing social events, volunteering, networking and mentor/mentee opportunities, talks, seminars, and generally having a bit of fun.

We have been revamping and reinvigorating the club in the last few years and have a host of new and exciting activities planned for this year.

So what can you do?

If you are under 35 (or just think you are!!) we need your feedback. What events do you want to see? How can we help you? We are here to serve you, so please send us your comments and suggestions. Better still, get involved!

For more information about our group or upcoming events please visit us on our YCC Google group, and post your questions: [ ]

One of us will get back to you shortly.

Or check us out on the National ACS YCC site:

Membership is free




Past Events:

  • October 20, 2012 – National Chemistry Week at Liberty Science Center

    • The YCC was excited to be take part in this opportunity to reach out to children, teens, and adults alike to show that Science can be fun! This was the fourth consecutive year that YCC participated in this event and we sought to make it even bigger and better than the last. This year's theme was Nanotechnology: the Smallest Big in Science.
    • If you are interested in joining the YCC Planning Committee or volunteering the day of the event please let us know by signing up below or at our YCC Google Group
    • Volunteers are asked to donate 2 hours of their time (10am-noon or noon-2pm) and in exchange are invited to spend the rest of the day enjoying the Liberty Science Center free of charge.
    • In 2011, National Chemistry Week attendees (and volunteers!) were delighted with activities such as Glitter Slime, Sweet Measurements, Paper Cover-up, and Sniffing out good taste. Help us make 2012 even more memorable!

      • Glitter Slime: Demonstrates the Importance of Mucus to the human immune system
      • Sweet Measurements: Demonstrates the Importance of Nutrition: Visual Representation of how much sugar is in common food products
      • Paper Cover-up: Demonstrates how wax protects your food and other surfaces from water, etc.
      • Sniffing out good taste: Demonstrates the importance of sense of smell when eating and how it affects taste of food
      • Vacuum Packing People: Demonstrates the removal of oxygen from food extending the storage quality of preserved foods.
    • Please sign up here:

10-02-2012: Secrets from the Other Sides – What Recruiters Know that You Don't

On October 2, 2012 the NJYCC partnered with Rutger's University Chemistry GSA to host the national event “Secrets from the Other Side ‐ What Recruiters Know that You Don't”. This event was a collaboration between National YCC , Career Services, and ACS Webinars. Dr. Dennis Guthrie from The Dow Chemical Company advice for how to prepare for and master an interview. There was also a Q&A session following the presentation.

  • September 15 (Saturday) – NJACS / YCC Picnic at Liberty State Park – 12-4 PM

    • This year our annual barbeque will be combined with the New York ACS and YCC as well. This event is a great networking opportunity.
    • Note: Liberty State Park is in Jersey City, NJ.
    • Please sign up below.
  • September 24 (Monday) – Project SEED Poster Session Judging – 4-7 PM.

    • At Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ
    • Let us know if you are interested in attending or judging posters [ sign up below ]

04-26-2012: Evolution of a Scientist Lecture Series – A Chemist with a Badge

This unique free lecture series showcases regional chemists from academia, industry and the private sector and invite them to share their unique journeys and detail how they arrived at where they are today.

The New Jersey Younger Chemists Committee held the second installment in the Evolution of a Scientist lecture series at Rutgers University on April 26, 2012.

Our speaker was Danielle Sherwood, Ph.D. who shared her journey from college, to graduate school, as well as the application and training process to achieve her current position as a Special Agent with the FBI. Danielle offered advice and insight for younger chemists who may be interested in a career with the FBI, whether in the crime lab or as a special agent.

In addition to sharing the ins and outs of Quantico and the FBI application process, Danielle shared with the group how scientific research and knowledge, both in industry and academia, can be targets for foreign intelligence services.

We would like to thank Danielle for her insights and the NJACS for making this event possible., Check our website for information on our next lecture mid- November.

03-07-2012: North Jersey Younger Chemist Committee Trivia Night

We had a very successful Trivia night earlier this year, and hoped to recruit more members by holding one over the summer when we usually have fewer events.

The evening began with a social hour encouraging attendees to mingle and interact with each other over a game of pool or a piece of pizza. Members from our executive committee made themselves available to give attendees information on resume assistance, job placements, mentoring and upcoming events.

The evening ended with an opportunity to continue discussion while competing in the Fox and Hound's Wednesday night trivia competition. Our team the "Isotopes" won 3rd place!

We would like to thank everyone, especially the new members, who attended the second NJYCC trivia night at the Fox and Hound in Edison, NJ.

More happy hours coming soon…

11-10-2011: Evolution of a Scientist Lecture Series – A Professor's Journey

This unique free lecture series showcases local and regional chemists from academia, industry and the private sector and invite them to share their unique journeys and detail how they arrived at where they are today.

The New Jersey Younger Chemists Committee held our first installment in the Evolution of a Scientist lecture series at Rutgers University on November 10, 2011.

Our inaugural speaker was Dr. Amber Charlebois, an Associate Professor of Chemistry at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Amber shared her adventures to Professorhood thru both industry and academia and gave us glimpses into the challenges she experienced and rewarding moments. She offered advice on many topics including who and how to ask for recommendation letters and the importance of building a good professional network.

Her current areas of research include nucleic acid visualization, honey bee pheromone synthesis and quantitation, HPLC analysis of protein structure, synthesis of potential biomarker for childhood autism, and chemical education. In addition, Professor Charlebois is chair-elect of the North Jersey Section of the ACS.

2011-11-10 Lecture by Amber Charlebois Amber Charlebois


Calling All Volunteers!   October 22, 2011 ChemExpo at Liberty Science Center

Celebrate National Chemistry Week with the NJACS YCC at the Liberty Science Center.

Calling All Volunteers!

Volunteers are needed for the NJACS YCC activity table at the Liberty Science Center on Saturday, October 22, 2011.

The theme this year “Chemistry—Our Health, Our Future!”

Explore the positive impacts of chemistry as it relates to nutrition, hygiene, and medicine.

The activity hours are from 10 am to 2 pm. Volunteers have the option to stay all day or to choose a morning or afternoon shift. The entrance fee to the center is waived for volunteers so when you are finished with your shift you can visit exhibits in the center.

Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Location: Liberty Science Center
Liberty State Park
222 Jersey City Boulevard
Jersey City, NJ 07305

This event has been a huge success for the last two years and this year we are we are working hard to make it even better!

If you are interested in participating, have an idea for an activity or would like more information -- please email Lauren at

If you would like to volunteer please register below.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Lauren Castelli
Chair, YCC of NJACS

National Chemistry Week (NCW) is a community-based annual event that unites ACS local sections, businesses, schools, and individuals in communicating the importance of chemistry to our quality of life.


2011 Annual YCC Fall Happy Hour Event...

Please join us Thursday, October 13th at the Harvest Moon Brewery in New Brunswick for our annual YCC Fall happy hour event.

It will be a great way to network with other YCC members and/or meet new ones. We will take a short brewery tour. Appetizers will be served and the first drink is free for the first ten people to arrive. Friends and family are welcome.

Time: Thursday, October 13, 2011 at 6 pm.
Location: Harvest Moon Brewery
392 George Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
(732) 249-6666

Please register at:


2011 North Jersey Younger Chemist Committee Mentoring Picnic at Liberty Park

The 2011 Annual Younger Chemist Committee mentoring picnic, co-hosted by our parent chapter, the NJACS executive committee, was held on Sunday, June 26 at the Liberty State Park. 22 members and friends joined the event and enjoyed the great BBQ food, the good weather, and a great view of New York City from the site. Young chemists and students took this opportunity for academic networking among themselves and with mentors of senior chemists such as Emmanuel Aouad, NY/NJ Chapter President of the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE), and Bill Suits from NJACS executive committee.

This is the fourth consecutive year that the YCC has participated in this event and we hope to help make it even bigger and better next year. We were also able to take advantage of the opportunity to introduce our group to local college students and expand our membership by 10 people new members.





We would like to thank everyone who attended the event, the NJACS for co-sponsoring, Emmanuel Aouad for being a spectacular event photographer.

This event was made possible due to contribution from the NJACS.

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04-30-2011 – YCC at Rutgers Day

YCC at Rutgers Day - Saturday April 30, 2011

The NJACS Younger Chemists Committee celebrated the International Year of Chemistry 2011 with a learning booth at the Rutgers Day 2011 festival, presenting interactive, entertaining, and educational activities for all ages focussing on UV.

Children made their own UV detecting bracelet using UV-sensitive beads. When exposed to sunlight these beads take on a dazzling array of colors. With some simple experiments, families also learned how to test the power of UV rays, and how sunscreen protects you from UV over-exposure. This was a great opportunity for families to experience and enjoy science, while building awareness of the dangers of excessive sun exposure and learning how to protect your skin.

NJACS YCC participates annually at Rutgers Day. Everything is free!

Date: Saturday, April 30, 2011
Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Location: Wright-Rieman Labs
Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology
Rutgers New Brunswick - Busch Campus
610 Taylor Road
Piscataway, New Jersey 08854

Free Admission. Parking on campus lots is free on Rutgers Day.

Rain or Shine!


02-23-2010 – The Younger Chemists Committee presented two special screenings of:

Naturally Obsessed: the Making of a Scientist

Come See the Drama Unfold!

Naturally Obsessed - click to view trailer

(click picture to view the trailer)

Admission was free but registration was requested for planning purposes.

Naturally Obsessed: the Making of a Scientist” is a new documentary film that reveals a rare and fascinating view of the world of laboratory science. Featuring a group of eager students, mentored by Dr. Larry Shapiro, the film follows them along a challenging and uncertain journey toward their PhD degrees. As the story unfolds, the interdependent mentor-student relationship reveals the human face of scientific research.

The film was shot over three years' time at Columbia University Medical Center and also documents how x-ray crystallography enables the discovery of the molecular structure of the AMPK protein, considered prime for targeted drug development because of its relevance to diabetes and obesity.

The documentary film will be shown in two locations:

Rutgers, the State University of NJ
Co-sponsored by the Rutgers Chemistry GSA
Date: Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Social hour with pizza and drinks: 6:30-7:30 PM
Film screening: 7:30-8:30 PM
Place: Rutgers Piscataway / Busch Campus
in Wright-Rieman Auditorium
610 Taylor Road, Piscataway, NJ 08854
Cost: Free (but please register)
Fairleigh Dickinson University
Co-sponsored by the FDU Chem Club
Date: Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Film screening: 6:00 PM (come early for pizza)
Place: Rutherford Room in the
Ferguson Recreation Center
285 Madison Avenue, Madison, NJ 07940
Cost: Free (but please register)

12-08-2009 – CAREER PANEL 2009

In conjunction with the Rutgers Chemistry Society, NJACS YCC will be hosting the 1st annual Rutgers Chemistry Conference on December 8, 2009.  [ details... ]

10-25-2009 – NATIONAL CHEMISTRY WEEK – Liberty Science Center

Volunteer at the NJACS YCC activity table at the Liberty Science Center on October 24, 2009. If you are interested in participating or would like more information please contact the YCC chair.


Join us for happy hour! Friends and family are welcome.

Time: Thursday, October 15, 2009 at 5:30pm
Location:    Hotoke Restaurant, New Brunswick, NJ
Register: YCC Signup

07-12-2009 – YCC Annual Picnic

NJ-ACS YCC Picnic, July 2009. Click to enlarge NJ-ACS YCC Picnic, July 2009. Click to enlarge

The 2009 Annual picnic was held at Johnson Park, Piscataway on Sunday, July 12th. More than 35 members and friends came to the event.

We would like to thank everyone who attended and special thanks to James and Jessie who helped make this event successful!

10-16-2008 – Happy Hour

Location:  Stuff yer face -  49 Easton Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901   

Time: 6 PM

09-16-2008 – Career Seminar

Please join the MetroWomen Chemists Committee, Younger Chemists Committee and FDU Student Affiliates on Tuesday, September 16 at 7pm for a presentation on job hunting and interviewing by Valerie Kuck. The meeting will be held in Hartman Lounge (in the Mansion) at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison NJ, and refreshments will be served. Please register at or by sending an email to . Also, please check for updates and directions.

08-10-2008 – Annual picnic/BBQ

                                   Location:    Johnson Park, Piscataway
                                   Time:    Aug 10, Sunday Noon
                                   Fees:    ACS Members are free (suggested donation $2)
                                               Non members $5, kids free
                                   Contact:    (732)237-6170 

05-29-2008 – We recently had a wonderful gathering of more than 20 members at Stuff yer face, New Brunswick for Happy Hour. Young chemists from Bristol-Myers, Abott Laboratories, Rutgers University talked about their career and general stuff.


The committee members would like to thank everyone who showed up at the event and hope to see you all in our forthcoming events.

05-16-2008 – Committee members had a meeting with the chairman of Chemistry Graduate Student Association of Rutgers University. Decided to host some future events together.

03-12-2008 – Committee meeting was held at Rutgers University. We will have our annual picnic in June!

03-01-2008 – We are part of facebook now! Visit us at



Executive Committee

Ashley Tennyk Chair
Allison Faig Vice Chair
Molly Warnke Treasurer
Batsal Devkota Member at Large
Chenghua Shao Member at Large
Bill Suits NJACS Advisor
Monica Sekharan Advisor