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SERMACS 2016

The 68th Southeast Regional Meeting of the ACS was held October 23-26, 2016 at the Columbia Metropolitan  Convention Center in Columbia, SC.  This was the fourth SERMACS hosted by the South Carolina Local Section (1955-Columbia, 1973-Charleston, and 2002-Charleston).

A variety of special events were held, including three plenary addresses- one from a Nobel Prize winner, an exposition, luncheons, dinners, student-focused events, and a jazz concert/barbeque.

The meeting and its program sought to fulfill the mission and vision of the Society:

*SERMACS 2016 advanced science by providing state-of-the-art chemical information via the outstanding technical program of plenary lectures, invited symposia, and general sessions.

*SERMACS 2016 was an advocate for chemistry by being the largest scientific gathering in the history of Columbia, SC

*SERMACS 2016 enabled career development via  the workshops that were presented.

*SERMACS 2016 helped educate the public via our high school teachers workshop.

*SERMACS 2016 supported future chemists via our outstanding undergraduate program including travel support provided by a grant from SC-EPSCoR to underrepresented minority students

*SERMACS 2016 promoted diversity via the great welcome each registrant received from our registration staff that  was very diverse and through our Minority Affairs Dinner/Panel Discussion   

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Organizing Committee

 General Chair        Program Chair      Treasurer               Exhibits
     

  Angela Peters      Scott Goode            Jack Breazeale      Larry Metcalf

Grad School Fair     Undergraduate Program             Communications

                            

 Neal Tonks                 Jennifer Kelley                               Jim Deavor        

  

Implementation Committee

General Chair             Angela Peters, Claflin University

Program Chair            Scott Goode, University of South Carolina 

Treasurer                     Jack Breazeale

      Jim Deavor, Asst. Treasurer, College of Charleston 

Awards Jim Deavorchair, College of Charleston

Rick Heldrich, College of Charleston 

Exhibits Larry Metcalf, chair

Laura Buff 

Grad School Fair Neal Tonks, College of Charleston 

Pre-College  Laura Slocum, chair

Regis Goode 

 Minority Affairs &  Marleah Washington, Claflin University, chair

Women in Chemistry Joe Emily, South Carolina State University 

LeRoy Peterson, Francis Marion University 

Symposia & Tom Voigt, University of South Carolina

Technical Sessions Hanno zur Loye, University of South Carolina 

Undergraduate Program  Jennifer Kelley, chair , Francis Marion University

Uruthira Kalapathy, Claflin University 

Amy Rogers, College of Charleston 

Muthukrishna Raja, Claflin University 

Stephon Void, Claflin University 

 

Volunteers  Dora Waymer, Claflin University

Pamela Shuler, Claflin University 

 

Webmaster Jim Deavor, College of Charleston

 

Workshops                  W.H. Breazeale

2016 Southeast Region Award Recipients

Featured Speakers

Sponsors

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Registration 

Category

Early Bird Registration

Final Registration Count

Percentage

ACS Member

354

403

25.20%

Nonmember

72

83

5.19%

Emeritus

9

9

0.56%

50 Year ACS Member

8

8

0.50%

Retired

6

10

0.63%

Unemployed

2

6

0.38%

Post-Doctoral Fellow

32

33

2.06%

Graduate Student

305

330

20.64%

Undergraduate Student

470

585

36.59%

High School Teacher

21

22

1.38%

High School Student

10

11

0.69%

ACS Staff

3

5

0.31%

Guest

0

8

0.50%

Exhibitor

88

86

5.38%

TOTAL REGISTERED

1380

1599

100.00%

Exposition

The expo featured 25 vendors from across the United States and was held in the CMCC Exhibit Hall.  Hours were Sunday October 23, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM as part of the opening reception,

Monday October 24, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM with the first three hours concurrent with the grad school fair and the last two hours concurrent with a SciMix poster session, and Tuesday October 25, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM  with concurrent poster session.  The poster session were also in the Exhibit Hall.