Six Keynote Lectures
Undergraduate Poster Presentations
Abstract Submission
MolSSI Workshop
July 18-19, 2018
Workshop Details
Social and Networking Events
Conference Program Register

About the conference

Molecular Education and Research Consortium in Undergraduate computational chemistRY (MERCURY) is an NSF-funded consortium composed of 29 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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Saryu Fensin

Staff scientist, Los Alamos National Laboratory

Carlos Simmerling

Professor of Chemistry, Stony Brook University

Bethany Kormos

Senior principal scientist, Pfizer

Laura Gagliardi

Distinguished McKnight University Professor, University of Minnesota

Christopher J. Cramer

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

Rigoberto Hernandez

Gompf Family Professor of Chemistry, Johns Hopkins University

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


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.

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Countdown to MERCURY Conference 2018


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.