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MERCURY Attracts Researchers Across the U.S.

By Vige Barrie
Posted August 3, 2009
Tags Chemistry
The Eighth Annual National MERCURY Conference on Computational Chemistry, devoted solely to undergraduates who are working on research projects in computational chemistry, was held at Hamilton from August 2 through August 4. The program offered an opportunity for undergraduates to learn about the breadth of research in computational chemistry, particularly in interdisciplinary topics and to discuss their work with other undergraduate computational chemists as well as some leaders in the field. Hamilton, the National Science Foundation and SGI provided support for the conference.

For faculty, it was an opportunity to generate a network of computational chemists who work with undergraduates, fostering collaboration and developing a sense of community in the field. Hamilton Assistant Professor of Chemistry Adam Van Wynsberghe presented a poster with four other researchers. Keynote speakers included representatives from the University of California, Cornell University, University of Utah, University of Floriday, Purdue University and Glaxco Smith Kline.

Computational chemistry faculty from undergraduate institutions across the country formed the consortium known as the Molecular Education and Research Consortium in Undergraduate Computational chemistRY (MERCURY). The consortium initially allowed faculty and students from Colgate University, Connecticut College, Hamilton College, Hobart & William Smith Colleges, College of the Holy Cross, St. Lawrence University and Vassar College access to state-of-the art computational power and numerous opportunities for student and faculty collaboration, mentoring and cross-fertilization.

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