East Central Illinois

A Local Section of the American Chemical Society

About ECI's Younger Chemists Committee

YCC advocates for and provide resources to students, early-career chemists and professionals in the chemical sciences and related fields.  YCC also addresses specific issues facing younger chemists within ACS and serves as their voice in ACS.

Who is member?

Every chemist under the age of 35.  

Contact us: eci.ycc@gmail.com 

YCC advocates for and provide resources to students, early-career chemists and professionals in the chemical sciences and related fields.  YCC also addresses specific issues facing younger chemists within ACS and serves as their voice in ACS. Who is member? Every chemist under the age of 35.  

Contact us: eci.ycc@gmail.com

More info: https://www.facebook.com/ECI.YCC/?fref=ts 

2018 Executive Board

Chair: Aya Kelly

Co-Chair: 

Board Coordinator: Alison Wallum

Public Relations Officer: Kyle Shelton

ACS Liaison: Thomas Bearrood

Financial Officer: Oleg Davydovich

Web Master: Cindy Lee

Breakfast Socials
Breakfast Socials
Coffee Socials

Coffee Socials are held multiple times each year to promote networking between YCC members and to entice new members to join. They are often in conjunction with the UIUC WCC and used to advertise upcoming events and let our members meet the new board. 

Chemists Celebrating Earth Week

ECI-YCC and the UIUC ACS undergraduate student chapter teamed up to celebrate earth day together on the UIUC Main Quad to help bring awareness to home conservation.  Information was provided on water filtration systems, local water data, safe battery disposal, and Do’s and Don’ts pertaining to safe chemical treatment in the home.   A demonstration on water filtration systems was also provided to help show how our water is purified.     We also collected batteries in order to safely and environmentally dispose of them.
YCC often  organizes outreach events during Chemists Celebrating Earth Week (CCEW) each spring. These take place in the local community (UIUC quad, Urbana Free Library, etc.) and demonstrations typically follow the ACS theme of the year. 2019s theme will be "Take Note: The Chemistry of Paper."
 

Science Café

The YCC holds expert panels using a Science Café Grant awarded from ACS. The event focuses on creating a relaxed environment for the community, students, and faculty to learn more about a “hot topic” from the experts. Snacks and refreshments are provided for attendees. Past topics have included renewable energies, GMOs, and polymer recycling.

Annual Industry Tour

YCC organizes an Annual Industry Tour in order to allow its members to learn more about alternative careers in chemistry. The first year the group visited Argonne National Lab in Chicago for the day where various beam lines were visited. Since then, tours have been held at Eli Lilly (2016), MilliporeSigma (2017), and Monsanto (2018). Funding of transportation costs is covered through ECI.

         ECI YCC organizes an Annual Industry Tour in order to allow its members to learn more about alternative careers in chemistry. The first year the group visited Argonne National Lab in Chicago for the day where various beam lines were visited. This year the pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly and the Indiana State Toxicology and Forensic labs were the destinations.
        At the Eli Lilly tour, students were able to visit the general facilities, heritage hall, executive board room, and Automated Synthesis Laboratory (ASL), as well as meeting with employee scientists to discuss on-going research endeavors.
         At the Toxicology lab students were able to observe the drug and clinical testing suites, in addition to fantastic networking opportunities with employees of the lab.   After the toxicology lab, students toured the Indiana State Forensic lab to observe how forensic scientists investigate crimes by examining evidence. Funding of transportation costs was covered through ECI funding.

        ECI YCC organizes an Annual Industry Tour in order to allow its members to learn more about alternative careers in chemistry. The first year the group visited Argonne National Lab in Chicago for the day where various beam lines were visited. This year the pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly and the Indiana State Toxicology and Forensic labs were the destinations.
        At the Eli Lilly tour, students were able to visit the general facilities, heritage hall, executive board room, and Automated Synthesis Laboratory (ASL), as well as meeting with employee scientists to discuss on-going research endeavors.
         At the Toxicology lab students were able to observe the drug and clinical testing suites, in addition to fantastic networking opportunities with employees of the lab.   After the toxicology lab, students toured the Indiana State Forensic lab to observe how forensic scientists investigate crimes by examining evidence. Funding of transportation costs was covered through ECI funding.

ACS Program-in-a-Box

YCC co-hosts ACS Program-in-a-Box (PIB) webinar events with the local section. These events have included Chemistry on the Silver Screen, Lab Safety, and The Role of Chemistry in Global Security, which YCC partnered with the ECI local section to host at the Champaign library. There are two PIBs per year, the next being in October with the theme "Voyage to Mars: Red Planet Chemistry."

National Chemistry Week

For the National Chemistry Week each October, YCC hosts an outreach event related to the ACS theme. The 2018 theme revolves around astrochemistry as we learn that "Chemistry is Out of This World."