East Central Illinois

A Local Section of the American Chemical Society

ECI Local Section Undergraduate Research Conference

The American Chemical Society East Central Illinois Section extends an invitation for all undergraduates and professionals in the chemical sciences to attend the Second Annual ECI Undergraduate Research Conference. This conference will be held on October 14, 2017 in the Alice Campbell Alumni Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL. Stay tuned for more details.

The conference will feature talks and posters presented by undergraduates involved in research. Most abstracts will be accepted, and a wide variety of research topics will be considered. This event is co-hosted by the UIUC Undergraduate Student Chapter, the ECI Women Chemists Committee at UIUC, the ECI Younger Chemists Committee, and the SACNAS chapter at UIUC. While this conference is sponsored by the ECI section of the American Chemical Society, you do not have to be a member of the ACS to present.  


 Registration Opens 

 August 2017 

 Abstract submission deadline

 September 15, 2017

 Acceptance emails are sent out

 Late September 2017

 Judge, and volunteer registration deadline

 Early October 2017

 Attendee registration deadline

 October 6, 2017

 Conference date

 October 14, 2017

 Conference location

 Alice Campbell Alumni Center

 601 S Lincoln Ave, Urbana, IL 61801 

 Tentative Schedule

 9:30 Registration

 10:00 Poster Session 1

 11:00 Poster Session 2

 12:00 Lunch and Networking Break

 1:30 Poster Session 3

 2:30 Oral Presentations

 3:30 Awards Ceremony

Abstract Template and Registration

Registration is $10 for presenters, $5 for attendees, and free for volunteers and judges. To submit an abstract for consideration or sign up to attend the conference, please complete the registration form (judges and volunteers must also complete the registration form).

Registration form: Opens August 2017

2016 Conference Overview

2016 ECI Undergraduate Research Conference


The ECI local section would like to thank you for contributing to the First Annual ECI Undergraduate Research Conference. We enjoyed learning about all of research undergraduate are performing in our region, appreciate the time commitment from our volunteers and judges, and thank the professors who supported their students' participation. Suggestions for next year's conference can be included in our short and anonymous survey: https://illinois.edu/fb/sec/9762040

Congratulations to our Poster Presentation Award Winners:

  • WCC:  Paige DeGarmo (UIUC), Audrey Rex (EIU), Julia Zuo (UIUC)
  • SACNAS: Amanda Cowfer (UIUC), Cristian Ocampo (UIUC), Andrea Salazar (UIUC)
  • ECI: Thomas Dieter (UIUC), Brenton Hull (EIU), William Lau (UIUC), Kang Yong Loh (UIUC), Steven Szymanski (UIUC), Nathan Reed (UIUC
Special thanks goes to all the people involved in conference planning and sponsorship. The conference would not be possible without your help!
  • 2016 Conference Coordinator: Kali Miller
  • 2016 Corporate Sponsors: Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC), Viscofan USA Inc., Bennett Technologies
  • 2016 Participating Universities: Eastern Illinois University, Illinois State University, Millikin University, Parkland College, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Western Illinois University 
  • Conference planning committee members:
 Sub-Committee  Affiliated Group Responsible  Members
AwardsSACNAS (at UIUC)Julio Serrano, Elena Montoto
Day-of PlanningYCCLisa Della Ripa, Bailey Jackson, Jose Zavala 
RegistrationWCC (at UIUC)Kimberly Lundberg
Advertising Student Chapter (at UIUC)Mary Grace Haugen
Misc. SupportECI Local SectionAmy Nicely, Laura Sonnichsen 

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