ABOUT THE PROGRAM
In the spring of 2001, nine members of the German Chemical Society (GDCh) Younger Chemists Committee (JCF) traveled to Boston for a week of networking, cultural exchange and science. This marked the beginning of a very successful annual exchange program between the GDCh-JCF and the Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society (NESACS) Younger Chemists Committee (YCC).
Each year since the program’s inception, a group of younger chemists has traveled across the Atlantic Ocean to participate in a week-long program. The program usually consists of visits to local laboratories, tours of local companies, presentations at a regional student research conference, networking events and, of course, sight-seeing. Foreign career and educational opportunities are especially emphasized throughout the week.
The students who participate in the program must apply and are selected based on their accomplishments in research, their interests, and recommendations from their advisors.
The Younger Chemists Committee (NSYCC) of the Northeastern Section and the NESACS Education Committee invite applications from undergraduate and graduate students of chemistry, biochemistry, and chemical engineering (including materials science) at colleges and universities within the Section to spend a week in Germany as the guests of the Jungchemikerforum (Young Chemists Committee; JCF) of the Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (German Chemical Society; GDCh).
The exchange group usually consists of 12 students, along with faculty and industrial representatives. The visit includes the JCF student chemistry research conference (Frühjahrssymposium), which will provide the opportunity for the participants to engage in extensive networking with German and other European students, and to take part in discussions focused on careers, education, and international opportunities. Other activities include excursions to industrial, academic, scientific, and cultural institutions in northern Germany.
Each student representative from NESACS will be expected to make a poster or oral presentation on his/her research at the Frühjahrssymposium, and upon return at the Northeast Student Chemistry Research Conference (NSCRC) that follows. Air tickets will be provided by NESACS; accommodations in Germany will be covered by GDCh. A working knowledge of German, while useful, will not be specifically required, as the language of the Frühjahrssymposium and the other events will be English.
HOW TO APPLY
Calls for applications will be posted along with the application form on the home page. This typically occurs in the Fall.