The 3rd Annual Chemistry Department PANCAKES & POSTERS

By Douglas Rosso
Tuesday, August 29 2017

The Chemistry Department celebrated the end of the summer programs with its 3rdAnnual Posters and Pancakes research poster session.  Held in the atrium of Frick Laboratory, over 250 students, researchers, faculty, staff, friends, and family members came together for a pancake and oatmeal bar breakfast, and to discuss the research accomplished by the 32 participating undergraduates.  To prepare for the event, the young scientists received instruction in the art of research poster design from Dr. Susan K. VanderKam, the department’s Diversity Manager.

This year’s 44 chemistry summer researchers hailed not only from Princeton University, but also from high schools in nearby states, other higher education institutions across the United States, and from other countries.  The various program agendas included research opportunities and related instruction, as well as such experiences as a day at Bristol Myers Squibb in New Brunswick, New Jersey, for women scientists entitled “Women in Organic Chemistry,” field trips to The Chemical Heritage Foundation in Philadelphia and similar science-oriented institutions, presentations by guest lecturers, luncheon discussions, senior undergraduate research presentations, and trips to area points of interest.  The nine-week programs encourage younger students to test drive chemistry as a major and older students to consider attending graduate school for chemistry.