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The spring semester is in full swing and we look forward to several workshops, events, and conferences, especially our own PRISM Symposium of Undergraduate Research. 
In This Issue:

PRISM Symposium - Did You Get Your Invitation?

We hope that you received your official PRISM Symposium invitation in your department mailbox and that you'll be able to join us at this annual event, taking place from 3:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m on Wednesday, April 29.  We encourage you to tell your classes about the Symposium and even consider bringing a class to the PRISM poster session (3:30 - 4:45 p.m.). 

Faculty are encouraged to attend all sessions of the Symposium including the awards dinner, but we do ask that you RSVP by April 15 to and specifically note which sessions you will be attending if unable to stay for the whole event.  This will be very helpful for us as we arrange seating and catering. 

We once again request that if you have a PRISM student in your class and the class meets during the Symposium time, that you consider excusing that student(s) to participate.  He or she may be approaching you soon to address this issue. 

Some Dates to Know

March 6:               
-  Deadline to Submit Materials for The Chronicle 

March 11:               
-  Poster Preparation Workshop
March 18:
-  PRISM Monthly Meeting
March 19:               
-  Poster Preparation Workshop Make-Up Date

March 20:               
-  Deadline to RSVP for Body Worlds Outing

March 20:               
-  Deadline to Submit Abstract for ACS Conference

March 22 - March 26:               
-  SOT Conference

March 24:               
-  Lecture on "Identifying Perchlorate Sources..."
March 28 - April 1:               
-  EB Conference

April 3 - April 11:               
-  Spring Break

April 8:               
-  PRISM Outing - Body Worlds: Pulse

April 14:               
-  CJA Event - Lab Tours and Lecture at JJC

April 15:               
-  Deadline to RSVP for Symposium

April 15:               
-  Deadline to Submit PRISM Symposium Poster for Printing (Tentative)

April 15:               
-  NY Microscopical Society Workshop in NJ 

April 29:               
-  PRISM Symposium


Local ACS Conference - Encourage Eligible Students to Participate

It is certainly great when we can send our students to national conferences with the field's leading scientists, but the big name conferences are not an option for all of our students.  Do you have a student who would like to present at a conference this year, but either wasn't ready for a national conference or didn't have the time to travel?  Or maybe you have a veteran student hoping to boost his or her resume with another conference appearance, an oral presentation, or maybe even an award.  The 63rd Annual American Chemical Society's (ACS) Undergraduate Research Symposium could be the answer.  

Sponsored by the New York Chemistry Students' Association of the ACS's New York Section, the conference provides a rare opportunity to give an oral presentation right here in New York at Queensborough Community College in Bayside, Queens.  Plus, students will have a poster ready to go since this conference takes place on Saturday, May 9, just a few days after our PRISM Symposium!

Abstracts are being accepted until March 20 and then the early registration deadline is April 20.  Check out the conference website for the submission links.  If interested, the student can speak with Ed about the possibility of PRISM help with the registration fee that is due for students who are not members of ACS.

Do Your PRISM Seniors Have Good News to Share?

We are excited to learn that several of our graduating PRISM seniors are starting to receive acceptances to graduate programs or job offers.  We want to congratulate and recognize them in our PRISM newsletters and perhaps at the Symposium. 

If any of your students receive this kind of good news, please be sure to let us know the details at or encourage the student to email us with the details.  As you know, tracking of these accomplishments is an important part of how we can continue to secure PRISM funding.

Chronicle - Last Call

We are working feverishly to complete this year’s PRISM Chronicle and our deadline to send it to the printer is quickly approaching.  We thank you if you sent in either a new profile or an update.

If you have a last minute profile addition or update that you'd like us to accommodate please do email this information immediately to Eric at  Additionally, within our layout, we use pictures of students and mentors in the field, lab, or at conferences.  Feel free to email any other picture(s) you may have that could liven up this year's Chronicle.

Symposium Poster Preparation

All spring funded PRISM students are required to prepare and then present a poster about their research at the annual Symposium (4/29).  Not yet funded and fall research-only students are also welcome but not required to participate. 

PRISM will hold its usual poster preparation workshop on Wednesday March 11 during community hour in 05.67.00.  Students are required to attend that or a make-up session on March 19.  At this meeting, Ed and Fran will address components of effective poster creation and oral presentation and they will review submission procedures and deadlines for printing.  Updated guidelines and a summary of deadlines will also be emailed to mentors after that workshop has taken place. We ask that mentors work with students on these posters and approve them prior to submission to our office.


PRISM Participation in Research Week - Seniors Only

You probably received an email from the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) to inform you of submission deadlines for students who wish to participate in their research week activities.  PRISM will be collaborating with OUR much in the same way that we did last year:
  • PRISM is asking that all seniors participate in an OUR poster session during community hour on the same day (4/29/15) as the PRISM Symposium so that PRISM students can interact with the larger college community.
  • PRISM is taking care of the registration and the poster printing for these seniors (unless they have opted out for some specific reason) and they should NOT register themselves.
  • If you have a PRISM student who is not a senior who would like to be part of the OUR session, he or she is of course permitted to do so, but PRISM will not be involved in registering any underclassmen or printing extra copies of their posters.  Additionally, a non-senior may be assigned to a different day.

Upcoming Lectures and Workshops

Read below about opportunities to hear from some great speakers.  The first is geared more towards our students, but our faculty will also find themselves engaged by these lectures and workshops:

March 18:  Official PRISM Monthly Meeting for Students – “Research and Opportunities at Northeastern University”  The meeting will take place during community hour in the room 630T in Haaren Hall.  Funded and trained students are expected to attend and all other prospective students are welcome.  Details and a link to RSVP will be emailed to students next week. As always mentors are welcome to attend.

March 24:  Prof. Prinz organizes a lecture series at John Jay which will continue this month. The second speaker for this semester is Paul Hatzinger from CB & I Federal Services.  His talk is entitled, “Identifying Perchlorate Sources Using Stable Isotope Analysis – Is Your Contamination from Rockets, Radishes, or Road Flares?”  All are welcome.  No RSVP needed.  For a schedule of all the lectures in this series, click here

April 15:  The New York Microscopical Society will host a lecture/workshop on “Bullet Analysis and Critical Angle Impacts,” to take place from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. in Clifton, NJ.  For more information about registration, speakers, and location, please view the flyer here.  Our very own Prof. Pete Diaczuk is one of the experts who will speak at this workshop.
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