North Jersey Section
American Chemical Society

Younger Chemists Committee

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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.Visit us on FacebookWe have been revamping and reinvigorating the club in the last few years and have a host of new and exciting activities planned for this year.

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

Executive Committee

Kholud Dardir (Co-Chair)
Chris Colomier (Co-Chair)
Bill Suits (NJACS Advisor)
Monica Sekharan (Advisor)


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(Past Event)

Feb 14, 2018 – Two NJ Students Win Project SEED Scholarships

Project Seed2017-18 Project SEED Scholars

[Excerpt from an article by Linda Wang in the C&EN News. The full article is here.]

The ACS Committee on Project SEED has announced the winners of its 2017–18 college scholarships. The recipients, who were selected from participants in ACS’s Project SEED research program, received one-year nonrenewable scholarships of up to $5,000 to help cover tuition and fees during their first year of college. The 27 scholarships for the 2017–18 academic year, which have a total value of $135,000, were funded by private corporations and individual donors. Additionally, three Project SEED alumni in their sophomore year received the three-year renewable Ciba Specialty Chemicals scholarship, which provides $5,000 per year.

Project SEED is ACS’s summer research program that enables economically disadvantaged high school students to conduct hands-on research. For more information, visit

Alfred & Isabel Bader

Alfred Bader is one of the founders of Aldrich Chemical, now Sigma-Aldrich. The Baders have supported Project SEED for many years and contributed to the initiation of the Summer II SEED program.

National SEED Scholars from New Jersey

Camila Sierra Gutierrez graduated from Union City High School in New Jersey. Under the mentorship of Roman Voronov and Long Pham at New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark, she conducted research titled “Simulation of Artificial Bone Tissue: Chemotaxis of Stem Cells in Microfluidic Devices.” She is majoring in chemical engineering at Hudson County Community College in Jersey City, N.J.

Nicole Taylor graduated from East Orange STEM Academy in New Jersey. She conducted research titled “Electrochemical Reduction of CO2 with Microwave-Enabled One-Pot Metal/Carbon Catalysts” under the mentorship of Huixin He at Rutgers University in Newark. She is majoring in chemical physics and physics at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y.


(Past Event)

Apr 12, 2017 – YCC Trivia Night

Trivia Night at Fox and Hound

Join the YCC for a fun social event where you can network with other local younger chemists. Trivia starts at 7pm!
Fox and Hound


Date: Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Time: 7:00PM-10:00PM
Place: Fox and Hound, Edison NJ

Please register here.



(Past Event)

Feb 26, 2017 – Montclair State Open House re: MS Chemistry Scholarship

Montclair State Univ

OPEN-NJ Scholarship Program

Dear NJ-ACS members:

I want to let Northern NJ young chemists know about a scholarship we have at Montclair State University for M.S. study in Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Biochemistry.

The program is called OPEN-NJ.   For details, please visit and view this flyer.

Basically the scholarship pays for most of a student’s tuition for a 2 year M.S. program at MSU (Chemistry, Biochemsitry, Pharmaceutical Biochemistry). Classes are at night starting at 5:30 pm or later Monday–Thursday.

On Sunday, February 26th, there will be a graduate open house at MSU. Students can meet with me and other chemistry faculty to discuss the program, and Open House attendees who apply to a program will receive a $60 application fee waiver.

Here is the link to register for the open house: register


Nina M. Goodey, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
College of Science and Mathematics
Montclair State University
Montclair, NJ 07043


(Past Event)

Oct 20, 2015 – Tales of Lab Safety: How to Avoid Rookie Accidents

Tales of Lab Safety: How to Avoid Rookie Accidents

YCCYCC will be hosting a the national webinar about Tales of Lab Safety: How to Avoid Rookie Accidents.   Refreshments will be provided.

Details: [ Tales of Lab Safety ]

Please register here.

Date: Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Time: 6:45 PM – 8:00PM
Place: Seton Hall University  in the Amphitheater in McNutty Hall



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Oct 17, 2015 – YCC at Chem Expo – Liberty Science Center

Chem Expo at Liberty Science Center.


Join the YCC for a fun day of hands-on science demonstrations for children at the Liberty Science Center. This year’s theme is “Chemistry Colors Our World”. Volunteers may sign up to help from 10-12, 12-2 or all day and can visit the LSC exhibits for free after the ChemExpo.


Please register here.

Date: Saturday, October 17, 2015
Time: 10:00AM-2:00PM
Place: Liberty Science Center



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Oct 14, 2015 – YCC Trivia Night

Trivia Night at Fox and Hound

Join the YCC for a fun social event where you can network with other local younger chemists. Trivia starts at 8pm!
Fox and Hound


Date: Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Time: 8:00PM-10:00PM
Place: Fox and Hound, Edison NJ

Please register here.



(Past Event)

Apr 8, 2015 – YCC Trivia Night

Trivia Night and Pool at Fox and Hound

Join the YCC for a fun social event where you can network with other local younger chemists. There will be pool and free food;  and trivia starts at 8pm!


Date: Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Time: 7:00PM-10:00PM
Place: Fox and Hound, Edison NJ


(Past Event)

Feb 24, 2015 – Chemistry on the Silver Screen Webinar

Chemistry on the Silver Screen Webinar

Silver ScreenYCC
Science is finding a bigger place on the silver screen and in our living rooms.  But what’s behind this new attraction and how is Hollywood influencing the public’s view? Join us for a discussion on how Hollywood is working to incorporate science and meet the people that are making it happen.

Listen to this informative webinar and network with other younger chemists in the area!

Date: Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Time: 7:00PM-8:00PM
Place: Rutgers Wright Rieman 339 in Piscataway NJ, AND Seton Hall McNulty Hall [Science & Technology Center] Room 101 in South Orange NJ



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Oct 14, 2014 – YCC at NJYP Multi-Group Mixer

YCC at NJYP Multi-Group Mixer

YCCJoin the YCC at the NJ Young Professionals Multi-Group Mixer!

The Multi-Group Mixer is an extraordinary event that combines both business and social networking. Scheduled for Oct 14th at the spectacular Hamilton Park Hotel in Florham Park, NJ, 300-400 Professionals from a variety of groups/organizations will attend this 18th bi-annual event.

Get your discount ticket here to join the Younger Chemists Committee at this fun networking event!

Date: Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Time: 6:30PM-10:30PM
Place: Wyndham Hamilton Park Hotel and Conference Center


(Past Event)

September 22, 2014 – CANCELED – Financial Planning Seminar

Financial Planning Seminar

YCCEver wonder when and how you should start saving for retirement? Do your insurance choices baffle you? Wondering what to do about debt?

Join the YCC as we host a financial planning seminar which will answer these questions and more.  Refreshments will be provided.

Date: Monday, September 22, 2014
Place: Rutgers Busch Campus
Wright-Reiman Hall, Room 231