The role of the NJACS Younger Chemists Committee is to promote the interests of members under the age of 35 (or close to that age).
It provides graduate students, post-doctoral chemists, and young professionals with the opportunity to interact with other chemists in the section, to help them better direct their careers, and to increase their involvement in the ACS.
We do it through organizing social events, volunteering, networking and mentor/mentee opportunities, talks, seminars, and generally having a bit of fun. Membership is free.
So What Can You Do?
If you are under 35 (or just think you are!!) we need your feedback. What events do you want to see? How can we help you? We are here to serve you, so please send us your comments and suggestions. Better still, get involved!
For more information about our group or upcoming events please visit us on our YCC Google group, and post your questions. One of us will get back to you shortly. Or check us out on the National ACS YCC site…
Ashley Tennyk (Chair)
Allison Faig (Vice Chair)
Molly Warnke (Treasurer)
Lauren Castelli (Member at Large)
Batsal Devkota (Member at Large)
Chenghua Shao (Member at Large)
Bill Suits (NJACS Advisor)
Monica Sekharan (Advisor)
Upcoming and Past Events
Apr 27, 2013 – YCC at Rutgers Day
The NJACS Younger Chemists Committee will have a table at the Rutgers Day 2013 festival, presenting interactive, entertaining, and educational activities for all ages focusing on UV. We will be demoing UV beads to the kids. We welcome you to the volunteer for the whole day or half a day! If you can participate, please Sign Up so we will have a head count of volunteers. Children make their own UV detecting bracelet using UV-sensitive beads. When exposed to sunlight these beads take on a dazzling array of colors. With some simple experiments, families also learned how to test the power of UV rays, and how sunscreen protects you from UV over-exposure. This is a great opportunity for families to experience and enjoy science, while building awareness of the dangers of excessive sun exposure and learning how to protect your skin. NJACS YCC participates annually at Rutgers Day. Everything is free!
Volunteers Needed for Rutgers Day!
Date: Saturday, April 27, 2013 Time: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Place:
Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology
Rutgers New Brunswick - Busch Campus
610 Taylor Road
Piscataway, New Jersey 08854
Free Admission. Parking on campus lots is free on Rutgers Day.
The NJACS Younger Chemists Committee will have a table at the Rutgers Day 2013 festival, presenting interactive, entertaining, and educational activities for all ages focusing on UV.
We will be demoing UV beads to the kids. We welcome you to the volunteer for the whole day or half a day!
If you can participate, please Sign Up so we will have a head count of volunteers.
Children make their own UV detecting bracelet using UV-sensitive beads. When exposed to sunlight these beads take on a dazzling array of colors. With some simple experiments, families also learned how to test the power of UV rays, and how sunscreen protects you from UV over-exposure. This is a great opportunity for families to experience and enjoy science, while building awareness of the dangers of excessive sun exposure and learning how to protect your skin.
NJACS YCC participates annually at Rutgers Day. Everything is free!
Rain or Shine!
Feb 28, 2013 – YCC: A Date with Science: Dinner & Dessert Chemistry
The Younger Chemists Committee invites you to its February meeting which will feature an ACS Webinar on the Chemistry of Cooking and of Sweetness, followed by a
- The webinar will be presented on Thursday, February 28, 2012 at 7:30 PM in Wright Rieman 260 on the Busch Campus of Rutgers University in Piscataway. The full address is: Wright Rieman Laboratories, 610 Taylor Road, Piscataway, NJ, 08854
- The event is co-hosted by the Rutgers Chemistry Graduate Student Association.
- Refreshments will be provided.
- For directions please visit:
Rutgers map & directions
- The event is free, but for planning purposes please pre-register
Oct 20, 2012 – National Chemistry Week at Liberty Science Center
If you are interested in joining the YCC Planning Committee or volunteering the day of the event (Liberty Science Center, October 20, 2012 from 10-2pm) please let us know by signing up or at our YCC Google Group
Volunteers are asked to donate 2 hours of their time (10am-noon or noon-2pm) and in exchange are invited to spend the rest of the day enjoying the Liberty Science Center free of charge.
- Glitter Slime: Demonstrates the Importance of Mucus to the human immune system
- Sweet Measurements: Demonstrates the Importance of Nutrition: Visual Representation of how much sugar is in common food products
- Paper Cover-up: Demonstrates how wax protects your food and other surfaces from water, etc.
- Sniffing out good taste: Demonstrates the importance of sense of smell when eating and how it affects taste of food
- Vacuum Packing People: Demonstrates the removal of oxygen from food extending the storage quality of preserved foods.
Oct 2, 2012 – Secrets from the Other Side – What Recruiters Know that You Don’t
On October 2, 2012 the NJYCC partnered with Rutger’s University Chemistry GSA to host the national event “Secrets from the Other Side ‐ What Recruiters Know that You Don’t”. This event was a collaboration between National YCC , Career Services, and ACS Webinars. Dr. Dennis Guthrie from The Dow Chemical Company advice for how to prepare for and master an interview. There was also a Q&A session following the presentation.
Sep 15, 2012 – YCC September Events
September 15 (Saturday) – NJACS / YCC Picnic at Liberty State Park – 12-4 PM
- This year our annual barbeque will be combined with the New York ACS and YCC as well. This event is a great networking opportunity.
- Note:Liberty State Park is in Jersey City, NJ.
September 24 (Monday) – Project SEED Poster Session Judging – 4-7 PM.
- At Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ
- Let us know if you are interested in attending or judging posters
Apr 26, 2012 – Evolution of a Scientist Lecture Series – A Chemist with a Badge
This unique free lecture series showcases regional chemists from academia, industry and the private sector and invite them to share their unique journeys and detail how they arrived at where they are today.
The New Jersey Younger Chemists Committee held the second installment in the Evolution of a Scientist lecture series at Rutgers University on April 26, 2012.
Our speaker was Danielle Sherwood, Ph.D. who shared her journey from college, to graduate school, as well as the application and training process to achieve her current position as a Special Agent with the FBI. Danielle offered advice and insight for younger chemists who may be interested in a career with the FBI, whether in the crime lab or as a special agent.
In addition to sharing the ins and outs of Quantico and the FBI application process, Danielle shared with the group how scientific research and knowledge, both in industry and academia, can be targets for foreign intelligence services.
We would like to thank Danielle for her insights and the NJACS for making this event possible., Check our website for information on our next lecture mid-November.
Mar 7, 2012 – North Jersey YCC Trivia Night
We had a very successful Trivia night earlier this year, and hoped to recruit more members by holding one over the summer when we usually have fewer events.
The evening began with a social hour encouraging attendees to mingle and interact with each other over a game of pool or a piece of pizza. Members from our executive committee made themselves available to give attendees information on resume assistance, job placements, mentoring and upcoming events.
The evening ended with an opportunity to continue discussion while competing in the Fox and Hound’s Wednesday night trivia competition. Our team the “Isotopes” won 3rd place!
We would like to thank everyone, especially the new members, who attended the second NJYCC trivia night at the Fox and Hound in Edison, NJ. More happy hours coming soon…
Nov 10, 2011 – Evolution of a Scientist Lecture Series – A Professor’s Journey
This unique free lecture series showcases local and regional chemists from academia, industry and the private sector and invite them to share their unique journeys and detail how they arrived at where they are today.
The New Jersey Younger Chemists Committee held our first installment in the Evolution of a Scientist lecture series at Rutgers University on November 10, 2011.
Our inaugural speaker was Dr. Amber Charlebois, an Associate Professor of Chemistry at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Amber shared her adventures to Professorhood thru both industry and academia and gave us glimpses into the challenges she experienced and rewarding moments. She offered advice on many topics including who and how to ask for recommendation letters and the importance of building a good professional network.
Her current areas of research include nucleic acid visualization, honey bee pheromone synthesis and quantitation, HPLC analysis of protein structure, synthesis of potential biomarker for childhood autism, and chemical education. In addition, Professor Charlebois is chair-elect of the North Jersey Section of the ACS.
Call For Volunteers: National Chemistry Week and ChemExpo
Volunteers are needed for the NJACS YCC activity table at the Liberty Science Center on Saturday, October 22, 2011.
The theme this year “Chemistry—Our Health, Our Future!” Explore the positive impacts of chemistry as it relates to nutrition, hygiene, and medicine.
The activity hours are from 10 am to 2 pm. Volunteers have the option to stay all day or to choose a morning or afternoon shift. The entrance fee to the center is waived for volunteers so when you are finished with your shift you can visit exhibits in the center.
Date & Time: Saturday, October 22, 2011; 10 am to 2 pm
Location:Liberty Science Center, Liberty State Park, 222 Jersey City Boulevard, Jersey City, NJ 07305 www.lsc.org
This event has been a huge success for the last two years and this year we are we are working hard to make it even better!
If you are interested in participating, have an idea for an activity or would like more information — please email Lauren at firstname.lastname@example.org If you would like to volunteer please register below.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
Chair, YCC of NJACS
National Chemistry Week (NCW) is a community-based annual event that unites ACS local sections, businesses, schools, and individuals in communicating the importance of chemistry to our quality of life.
Oct 13, 2011 – Annual YCC Fall Happy Hour Event
Please join us Thursday, October 13th at the Harvest Moon Brewery in New Brunswick for our annual YCC Fall happy hour event.
It will be a great way to network with other YCC members and/or meet new ones. We will take a short brewery tour. Appetizers will be served and the first drink is free for the first ten people to arrive. Friends and family are welcome.
Time: Thursday, October 13, 2011 at 6 pm.
Location:Harvest Moon Brewery, 392 George Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901, (732) 249-6666
Please register at www.ycc-info.rutgers.edu/