Molecular Education and Research Consortium
in Undergraduate computational chemistRY
18 - 19 July 2018 - MolSSI Workshop
19 - 21 July 2018 - General Conference
Furman University / Greenville, SC
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Six Keynote Lectures
Speakers
Undergraduate Poster Presentations
Abstract Submission
MolSSI Workshop
July 18-19, 2018
Workshop Details
Social and Networking Events
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About the conference

Molecular Education and Research Consortium in Undergraduate computational chemistRY (MERCURY) is an NSF-funded consortium composed of 27 computational chemistry faculty from 25 primarily undergraduate institutions (PUIs) across the US. Aside from providing shared computational resources to these institutions, it promotes undergraduate research through the annual MERCURY conference. This is the 17th annual MERCURY conference and the second one held at Furman University in Greenville, SC. The previous six were hosted at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA and the first ten were at Hamilton College in Clinton, NY.  

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Conference format

Mainstays of the conference include six speakers who present excellent talks that provide background and specific findings in their respective fields, plus an undergraduate poster session and evening social networking events. This year includes a pre-conference MolSSI Coding Workshop on Wednesday, July 18 and Thursday July 19. This conference is an excellent forum for undergraduates from all types of institutions to present their work and to learn from experts in the field. It is equally valuable as a networking event for faculty working with undergraduates. Graduate students and postdoctoral associates may attend and learn how to work effectively with undergraduate research students.

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Registration and Abstract Submission

Registration information will be provided soon and it will remain open until July 7, 2018.

Students must submit abstracts by July 6, 2018. Abstracts will be published in a booklet that will be available to all conference attendants. Abstract submissions guidelines are also described.

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Speakers

Rigoberto Hernandez

Gompf Family Professor of Chemistry, Johns Hopkins University

Saryu Fensin

Staff scientist, Los Alamos National Laboratory

Christopher J. Cramer

Distinguished McKnight University Professor, Distinguished University Teaching Professor, University of Minnesota

Bethany Kormos

Senior principal scientist, Pfizer

Carlos Simmerling

Professor of Chemistry, Stony Brook University

Laura Gagliardi

Distinguished McKnight University Professor, University of Minnesota

Theresa Windus

Professor of Chemistry, Iowa State University

Paul Nerenberg

Assistant Professor of Physics and Biology, Cal State LA

Aurelia Ball

Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Skidmore College

Program

MolSSI Workshop attendants' arrive Tuesday, July 17 and go through the workshop on Wednesday and Thursday.

The general conference officially begins with a picnic on Thursday, July 19th and runs through Saturday, July 21st for all attendants.
Day 1
17 Jul 2018
Day 2
18 Jul 2018
Day 3
19 Jul 2018
Day 4
20 Jul 2018
Day 5
21 Jul 2018

MolSSI Workshop Attendants Check-in

Most MolSSI Workshop attendants are expected to arrive late Tuesday afternoon and check in at the front lobby of Judson Hall.
18:00-19:30

MolSSI Dinner 0

07:00 - 08:30

MolSSI Breakfast I

12:00 - 13:-00

MolSSI Lunch I

15:00-15:30

Coffee/Snack Break

MolSSI Workshop III – MD Trajectory Analysis

Aurelia Ball
Paul Nerenberg
Theresa Windus
18:00-19:30

MolSSI Dinner I

MolSSI Social Gathering

Social gathering for MolSSI participants at TBD
07:00 - 08:30

MolSSI Breakfast II

10:45-11:15

Coffee/Snack Break

MolSSI Workshop V – Git and GitHub

Aurelia Ball
Paul Nerenberg
Theresa Windus
12:00 - 13:00

MolSSI Lunch II

MolSSI Workshop VI – Putting it all together

Aurelia Ball
Paul Nerenberg
Theresa Windus

General Check-in and Registration

Conference attendants can check in at Judson Hall upon arrival. Everyone will be provided with a name badge, campus map, room key, meal card, and conference booklet.

Picnic

Outdoor picnic behind the Trone Center along the Swan Lake

Gathering at The Paddock

Social gathering at The Paddock in Trone Center. All conference attendants are welcome. Snacks and drinks will be provided.

Opening Remarks

Opening remarks by Dr. George C. Shields, the director and founding member of the MERCURY consortium.

Keynote Talk I

Christopher J. Cramer

Keynote Talk II

Laura Gagliardi
10:40-11:00

Coffee/Snack Break

Keynote Talk III

Saryu Fensin
12:00 - 13:-00

MolSSI Lunch I

Students’ 2-minute Talks

Students presenting posters will give a brief oral presentation of their work from before the poster sessions begin  

Poster Session I (A-N)

Students are expected to stand by their posters during their assigned session and visit others posters in their free session

Poster Session II (O-Z)

Students are expected to stand by their posters during their assigned session and visit others posters in their free session

GATHERING AT THE PADDOCK

Social gathering at The Paddock in Trone Center. All conference attendants are welcome. Snacks and drinks will be provided.    

Keynote Talk IV

Rigoberto Hernandez

Keynote Talk V

Carlos Simmerling
11:00-11:20

Coffee/Snack Break

Keynote Talk VI

Bethany Kormos
12:20 - 13:30

LUNCH BREAK

General Conference Checkout

This concludes the conference for everyone. Please return your keys and meal cards before leaving the conference. Have a safe trip home!

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Sponsors

We thank the National Science Foundation (NSF) for funding the shared HPC resources via its Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) grants CHE-0116435, CHE-0521063, CHE-0849677, CHE-1229354, CHE-1662030 since 2001.

We also thank Furman University for generously supporting the latest conference and keeping it affordable. Bucknell University and Hamilton College had previously hosted and supported the conference.

The Molecular Sciences Software Institute (MolSSI) receives funding from NSF to foster cooperation amongst computational molecular scientists and accelerate the translation of basic science into new technologies essential to the vitality of the economy and environment. We thank MolSSI for organizing an exciting workshop.