Molecular Education and Research Consortium in Undergraduate computational chemistRY
20 - 23 July 2017   /  Furman University   / Greenville, SC
We look forward to seeing you this summer

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 16th annual MERCURY conference and the first one held at Furman University in Greenville, SC. The last five 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 post-conference MolSSI Coding Workshop on Saturday, July 22nd and Sunday July 23rd. 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. Students who have graduated from college and have not begun their graduate work are also invited to present. 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 8, 2017.

Students must submit abstracts by July 7, 2017. 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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Theresa Windus

Professor of Chemistry, Iowa State University

Nandini Ananth

Professor, Cornell University

Valentino Cooper

R&D Staff Member, Oak Ridge National Lab

Revati Kumar

Professor, Louisiana State University

Eva Zurek

Professor, State University of New York at Buffalo

Katrina Lexa

Scientist, Denali Therapeutics


Professor of Chemistry, Iowa State University


Assistant Professor of Chemistry, UC Davis


Assistant Professor of Physics and Biology, Cal State LA


The conference starts with check-ins and a picnic on Thursday, July 20th and runs through Saturday, July 22nd for all attendants.

A MolSSI Coding Workshop follows on the afternoon of Saturday, July 22nd and morning of Sunday July 23rd


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.