University of Alberta

May 3 - May 4, 2017

ACS on Campus was a total success and the participating students and faculty obtained a lot from it. Keep up the good work."José A. Prieto, Faculty

University of Puerto Rico

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

May 3 - May 4, 2017


University of Alberta

31st Western Canadian Undergraduate Chemistry Conference

University of Alberta, Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Science, CCIS 1-160

Edmonton, AB T6G 2G2


We're excited to serve as the featured event at the 31st Western Canadian Undergraduate Chemistry Conference, May 3-6. The Western Canadian Undergraduate Chemistry Conference (WCUCC) is an annual event for and organized by students in chemistry in Canada. This year, the WCUCC will be held at the University of Alberta.

Join us on Wednesday, May 3 at University of Alberta, CCIS 1-160 for sessions on scholarly publishing featuring the ACS Editors:

Jillian Buriak, Editor-in-Chief of Chemistry of Materials

William Tolman, Editor-in-Chief of Inorganic Chemistry 

Laurel Schafer, Associate Editor of Organometallics

Immediately after will be a session on accelerating your research with SciFinder. To fully participate, be sure to bring your laptop and you could win a prize. ACS on Campus continues on May 4 with an alternative careers in chemistry panel discussion. Hear from local professionals that use their chemistry degree outside of academia.

ACS on Campus is FREE and open to the public, not just WCUCC attendees. Content is appropriate for undergraduates, graduates, and post-docs. Be sure to REGISTER and get ready to advance your career with ACS on Campus!


Jillian Buriak, Ph.D.

Editor-in-Chief of Chemistry of Materials

Jillian Buriak has been the Editor-in-Chief of Chemistry of Materials since January 1, 2014. Prior to this appointment, she was an Associate Editor at ACS Nano from 2009 to 2013, and on the Board of Reviewing Editors of Science from 2004 to 2008. Jillian holds the Canada Research Chair (CRC) of Nanomaterials in the Department of Chemistry, at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, and is a Senior Research Officer at the National Institute for Nanotechnology (NRC-NINT), in Edmonton. Jillian was born and raised in the Toronto area, and graduated with an A.B. from Harvard University, in 1990, and her Ph.D. from the Université Louis Pasteur, in Strasbourg France in 1995. She completed a two-year post-doc at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California, from 1995 to 1997. In 1997, she commenced her first independent academic position, as an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry at Purdue University, where she was promoted early to associate professor in 2001 (with tenure). In 2003, she became a Professor of Chemistry at the University of Alberta, with a cross-appointment at NRC-NINT, as a Canada Research Chair (Tier I), which she has held since.

Awards Jillian has received include the ACS Award in Pure Chemistry (2003), a Steacie Fellowship from NSERC (2007), an A. P. Sloan Fellowship (2002), a Dreyfus Teacher Scholar (2002), an NSF Career Award (1999), the Rutherford Medal of Chemistry from the Royal Society of Canada (2005), the NSERC Steacie Fellowship, the Clara Benson Award from the Canadian Society for Chemistry (2013), and others. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (2009, FRSC), and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2009, AAAS).

William B. Tolman, Ph.D.

Distinguished McKnight University Professor, University of Minnesota; Editor-in-Chief, Inorganic Chemistry

William B. Tolman obtained a B.S. degree from Wesleyan University, CT, in 1983, where he performed organometallic chemistry research under the direction of Alan R. Cutler. He did graduate research with K. Peter C. Vollhardt at the University of California, Berkeley, that culminated in a Ph.D. in 1987. He was then introduced to bioinorganic chemistry during a postdoctoral period, 1987-1990, in the laboratory of Stephen J. Lippard at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was appointed as Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Minnesota in 1990, and has risen through the ranks there to his current position as Distinguished McKnight University Professor. He is a member of the Centers for Metals in Biocatalysis and Sustainable Polymers and currently is serving as Chair of the Department of Chemistry. Among the honors he has received are the Searle Scholars, NSF National Young Investigator, Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation Teacher-Scholar, and Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Awards, the Buck-Whitney Medal from the American Chemical Society, and a Research Award from the Humboldt Foundation.

He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Chemical Society. Tolman served as Associate Editor (2009-2012) and now as Editor-in-Chief of Inorganic Chemistry (2013-present), and serves on the governing boards of the ACS Petroleum Research Fund and the Council for Chemical Research. He also served as Chair of the Gordon Research Conferences on Inorganic Reaction Mechanisms (2005) and Metals in Biology (2011). Current research in the his group encompasses synthetic bioinorganic and organometallic/polymer chemistry. In the bioinorganic area, the objective is to gain a fundamental structural, spectroscopic, and mechanistic understanding of metalloprotein active sites of biological and environmental importance via the synthesis, characterization, and examination of the reactivity of model complexes. The current goal of his research in the organometallic/polymer area is to synthesize and characterize a variety of metal complexes for use as catalysts for the polymerization of cyclic esters and for converting biomass feedstocks to useful monomers. In this project, particular emphasis is being placed on developing controlled synthesis of polymers derived from renewable resources.

Laurel Schafer, PhD

Associate Editor, Organometallics

Laurel Schafer completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Canada at the University of Guelph (1993) and the University of Victoria (1999), respectively. Upon completion of her doctoral work, she joined the laboratories of Prof. T. Don Tilley at the University of California—Berkeley as an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow. In 2001, she joined the faculty at the University of British Columbia, where she is now a Full Professor. She was named a Sloan Fellow in 2007 and a Humboldt Fellow in 2009, and in 2011, she was named a Canada Research Chair in Catalyst Development (Tier 2). Her research program investigates the synthesis, structure, and reactivity of N,O-chelated complexes of early transition metals and lanthanides, specifically focused towards the catalytic synthesis of nitrogen-containing molecules. She is an Associate Editor for the ACS Journal, Organometallics and she has served on the editorial advisory boards of Chemical Society Reviews, Canadian Journal of Chemistry, and ACS Catalysis.

Jonathan Taylor

Jonathan Taylor, Director, Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS)

Jonathan received a B.S. in Chemistry from Utah State University in 1995. He went on to receive a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), with an emphasis in strategic planning and marketing, from Indiana University Bloomington in 1998.

Jonathan previously worked in new product development for Ashland Inc., an international specialty chemicals business, launching products in plastics, adhesives, fine chemicals and environmental services. Additionally, he led strategic planning as well as marketing and advertising efforts for APAC (now Oldcastle Inc.), a large-scale construction organization.

Jonathan joined CAS in 2005 and currently leads the marketing and development efforts for SciFinder.

Kevin Seguin

Account Consultant – West Region, Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS)

Kevin Seguin has been working at Chemical Abstracts Service since November, 2014, as an Account Consultant where his duties include conducting training sessions on SciFinder and other CAS search tools.  Kevin has a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from University of MN-Duluth and two years graduate school experience at Marquette University.  He has worked in various roles as a chemist for Hewlett-Packard/Agilent Technologies, AirGas, and Donaldson Co. where he was the Sr. Applications Chemist for air purification in the Semiconductor and Aircraft Cabin Air groups.

John Crabtree, Ph.D

President, HJC Consulting Inc.

John Crabtree, Ph.D., P.Chem, PMP, is a microfluidics and analytical chemistry consultant.  Microfluidics is a multi-disciplinary field striving to bring chemical analysis to small silicon, glass or plastic 'chips' to improve performance, cost of manufacture and portability.  Dr. Crabtree earned his B.Sc. from the University of Toronto, his Ph.D. from the University of Alberta, and has been doing analytical chemistry-based product development for over 20 years. His career path has been divided between industry and acadaemia; he has specialised in a variety of technical areas within separation science, microfluidics, analytical instrumentation and optical detection, applied variously to bio-, environmental and industrial analysis.  The consultancy he founded in 2012, HJC Consulting Inc., serves its clientele in these technical areas as applied principally to product development, market or IP research.  Dr. Crabtree is a Professional Chemist (P. Chem.) as well as a Project Management Professional (PMP); he serves as a director on the boards of nanoCluster Alberta as well as the Association of the Chemical Profession of Alberta.



Kathy Janzen, PhD

Executive Director, Association of the Chemical Profession of Alberta (ACPA)

Kathy Janzen is the Executive Director for the Association of the Chemical Profession of Alberta (ACPA). She has been a member of the ACPA since 1993 and served six years on the Board of Directors, including two years as President (2010-2012). In 2014, Kathy was instrumental in establishing the Federation of Canada’s Professional Chemists, a national organization committed to supporting provincial regulatory organizations for professional chemists.

Kathy earned an Honours B.Sc. in Biochemistry from the University of Alberta. After a 25-year career as a forensic scientist, she retired from the RCMP Forensic Laboratory Service in 2006. Kathy served on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Society of Forensic Science (CSFS) for six years and is a Fellow of the Canadian Society of Forensic Science.

Kathy has spent more than ten years as an entrepreneur with direct experience in several start-up companies. At the Northern Alberta Business Incubator in St. Albert, Kathy also helped to provide business services, educational programs and coaching to numerous small start-up companies.


Ken Schmidt, PhD

President, Wilson Analytical Services Inc.

Ken Schmidt is an Alberta-based Professional Chemist who has a PhD in Inorganic Chemistry from the University of Calgary. He has spent the last 27 years working in industry in a wide variety of areas including sulphur chemistry, catalysis, ceramics, CVD coatings, spectroscopy, mining and oil & gas analysis, instrument design, manufacturing, sales and support. He has worked with Universities and Governments, has set up and run several high-tech organizations, and is involved in the chemistry societies. He was one of the founders of Wilson Analytical Services Inc. in 2003, and is currently its President.

Shoma Sinha, PhD

Research Professional, Quantiam Technologies

Dr. Shoma Sinha has a passion for science and technology as well as for helping others achieve their full potential. Shoma completed her undergraduate in Engineering Science – Nanoengineering from the University of Toronto. She then conducted her doctoral studies in molecular scale devices at the University of Alberta/National Institute for Nanotechnology. During her graduate studies, Shoma helped found the WISER (Women in Science, Engineering and Research) Network for Early Career Professionals. Since its conception in 2008, the network has had a profound influence supporting and helping young professionals develop their skills and explore career options.

Shoma is now a research professional with Quantiam Technologies, an advanced materials company located in the Edmonton Research Park. She is also a co-founder and mentor of the MentorUP (Mentor Under-represented Populations) and BESTT (Bridge for Engineering, Science and Technology Talent) programs under the Alberta Women’s Science Network (AWSN). As the past president of AWSN, she continues to enjoy volunteering with the networks varied programs. In 2016, Shoma was recognized as one of the Top 40 Under 40 in Edmonton.



Wednesday, May 3


31st Western Canadian Undergraduate Chemistry Conference

University of Alberta, CCIS 1-160

11227 Saskatchewan Dr NW

Edmonton, AB T6G, Canada


2:30-3:00 pm Registration


3:00-3:10 pm Opening Remarks

3:10-3:40 pm How to Give a Good Talk

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3:40-4:30 pm 10 Tips on How to Get Published

4:30-4:45 pm Networking Break 

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4:45-5:25 pm Peer Review: Why, How To, and What Not To Do 

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5:25-6:00 pm Copyright & Ethics

6:00-7:00 pm SciFinder®: Searching for Science

To fully participate in this SciFinder session, attendees must bring their laptops. Those attendees with laptops will have the opportunity to win special prizes. 

Thursday, May 4


31st Western Canadian Undergraduate Chemistry Conference

University of Alberta, CCIS 1-160

11227 Saskatchewan Dr NW

Edmonton, AB T6G, Canada


2:15-2:30 pm Registration


 2:30-3:30 pm Alternative Careers in Chemistry, Panel Discussion


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