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.
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!
October 2 (Tuesday) –Webinar: Master Your Next Interview: Secrets from the Other Side...What Recruiters Know that You Don't
Co-hosted by the Chemistry GSA of Rutgers University
The webinar will be broadcast on
Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 8:00 PM in Doolittle A122
on the Busch Campus of Rutgers University in Piscataway.
This webinar details how to prepare and interview for your first
job out of school. There will also be the opportunity to ask Dr.
Dennis Guthrie, an individual with over 20 year' experience at The
Dow Chemical Company, questions after the seminar. Snacks and
refreshments will be provided.
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
volunteering the day of the event
please let us know by signing up
or at our
YCC Google Group
Volunteers are asked to donate 2 hours of their time
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
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.
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.
We had two YCC events in September 2012 . . .
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.
Let us know if you are interested in attending or judging posters
[ sign up below ]
IS NOW CLOSED
for the September
Sep 15 Picnic at Liberty State Park
Sep 24 Project SEED event at Seton Hall
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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.
Calling All Volunteers! October 22, 2011ChemExpo 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.
10 am to 2 pm
Liberty Science Center Liberty State Park 222 Jersey City Boulevard Jersey City, NJ 07305 www.lsc.org
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!
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.
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.
The 4th Annual NJACS Younger Chemists Committee Picnic is almost here.
We would like to extend an invitation to one and all to join us for a
day of great food, games and networking on
Sunday June 26th at Liberty State Park, Jersey City NJ from 11:30AM to 4PM.
(The original date of Jue 12th was cancelled due to weather.)
Due to the overwhelming success of the picnic last year, despite a
rainy start, we will once again be joining forces with our parent
chapter the NJACS for a joint mentoring event where younger chemists
will have the opportunity to meet with academic and industry
The YCC would also like to take this opportunity to extend our
“Thanks and Appreciation”
to all members of YCC, event volunteers and NJACS.
[ register below ]
and please let us know if you are interested in being a mentor or mentee.
This event is sponsored by the YCC and the NJACS executive committee.
ACS and YCC members are free. Non-members $5, kids free.
Rain date Information:
Sunday June 26, 2011
Liberty State Park,
Yellow picnic site number 4 in the Group Picnic Area,
1 Audrey Zapp Dr.,
Jersey City, NJ
Sunday June 12, 2011 -- EVENT WAS POSTPONED TO RAIN DATE
11:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Johnson Park (Grove 1)
1030 River Road,
04-30-2011 – YCC at Rutgers Day
YCC at Rutgers Day - Saturday April 30, 2011
The NJACS Younger Chemists Committee
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!
Saturday, April 30, 2011
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
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:
Obsessed: the Making of a Scientist”
Come See the Drama
(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
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
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
The documentary film will be shown in two
Rutgers, the State University of NJ
Co-sponsored by the Rutgers Chemistry GSA
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Social hour with pizza and drinks:
Rutgers Piscataway / Busch Campus
in Wright-Rieman Auditorium
610 Taylor Road, Piscataway, NJ 08854
yer face - 49 Easton Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
09-16-2008 – Career Seminar
Please join the MetroWomen Chemists Committee, Younger
Chemists Committee and FDU Student Affiliates on Tuesday, September 16
7pm for a presentation on job hunting and interviewing by Valerie Kuck.
will be held in Hartman Lounge (in the Mansion) at Fairleigh Dickinson
University in Madison NJ, and
refreshments will be served. Please register at legacy.njacs.org or by
an email to
Also, please check legacy.njacs.org
updates and directions.
08-10-2008 – Annual
Aug 10, Sunday Noon
ACS Members are free (suggested donation $2)
Non members $5, kids free
– 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
The committee members would like to thank everyone who showed up at the
event and hope to see you all in
our forthcoming events.
– Committee members had a meeting with the chairman of
Chemistry Graduate Student Association of Rutgers University.
Decided to host some future events together.
– Committee meeting was held at Rutgers
University. We will have our annual picnic in June!