Previous Programs

Summer 2023

RSCU continued through its 4th summer! The program continues to host exciting researchers, and we had our highest participation to date with 64 different labs and 182 students enrolled through RSCU basecamp. The group spans over 22 different states, and in 2023, with the new “get info here” button on the website, we were able to include students who are not involved with summer research yet, but were looking to hear the research seminars and ask questions to the panels.

RSCU WeekSpeakerDescriptionAreaInstitution
Week 1Benny ChanResearch TalkInorganic Chem EdTCUNJ
Week 2Chantal StieberResearch TalkInorganic ChemCal Poly Poma
Week 3Graduate Student PanelPanelProfessional Development Various
Week 4Anne McNeilResearch TalkMaterialsU of Michigan
Week 5Student Flash TalksStudent WorkProfessional DevelopmentProfessional Development
Week 6Hoby WedlerInclusivity SpeakerOrganic chemistry
Week 7David NagibResearch TalkOrganic ChemistryOhio State
Week 8Cassie JarvisResearch TalkPharmaceutical developmentMerck
Week 9Career PanelPanelProfessional DevelopmentVarious
Week 10Héctor AbruñaResearch TalkElectrochemistryCornell
RSCU Summer 2023

Summer 2022

RSCU was thrilled to be back for a third summer, continuing the tradition of connecting undergraduate summer researchers across the country.

Summer 2022 RSCU hosted 28 research groups from 23 PUI institutions.

RSCU WeekSpeakerDescriptionAreaInstitution
Week 1Vanessa Gonzalez- PerezWorkshopFostering InclusivityPrinceton University
Week 2Career PanelPanelProfessional DevelopmentVarious
Week 3Bil ClemonsResearch TalkBiochemistry/ Structural BiologyCaltech
Week 4George ShieldsResearch TalkTheoreticalFurman University
Week 5Laura SanchezResearch TalkBioAnalyticalUCSC
Week 6Danica RankicResearch TalkMedicinal ChemistryPfizer
Week 7Graduate Student PanelPanelProfessional Development Various
Week 8Student Flash TalksStudent WorkProfessional DevelopmentRSCU students
RSCU Summer 2022

Summer 2021

In addition to research talks we were excited to continue to include panels in our series as well as add a workshop about lab culture and microaggressions. 

Panels in the career panel included chemists currently working in national labs, Exxon Mobil and Vanderbilt Chemicals. One of our panelists also left the lab and is working in Scientific communication at C&E News.

We were honored to have Dr. Obligacion lead a discussion and workshop about microaggressions and cultures in a laboratory setting. Her conversation allowed many students and professors share stories of their experiences and make sure that the whole community is aware of small ways that we discourage each other

Summer 2021 RSCU hosted 28 research groups from 23 PUI institutions.

RSCU WeekSpeakerDescriptionAreaInstitution
Week 1Nicholas BallResearch TalkOrganometallic/ CatalysisPomona College
Week 2Grad Student PanelPanelProfessional DevelopmentVarious
Week 3Lynn HernandezWorkshopLab Culture. Microaggressions. DiversityCity College of NY
Week 4Jennifer ObligacionResearch TalkProcess ChemistryMerck
Week 5Career PanelPanelProfessional DevelopmentVarious
Week 6Tehshik YoonResearch TalkProfessional DevelopmentVarious
Week 7Yogi SurendranathResearch TalkInorganic MIT
Week 8Student Flash TalksStudent WorkProfessional DevelopmentRSCU students
RSCU Summer 2021

Summer 2020

Summer 2020. RSCU was designed as a response to the fact that we were all predominantly still in lockdown from COVID-19.  Most of our universities and labs were still not allowing students or professors on campus, but we still needed to give our chemistry students stimulating.

The inaugural RSCU hosted 18 PUI institutions spanning 14 different states and up to 80 participants logged on each week.

RSCU WeekSpeakerDescriptionAreaInstitution
Week 1Cathy DrennanResearch TalkMIT
Week 2Grad Student PanelPanelProfessional DevelopmentVarious
Week 3Amanda WolfeResearch TalkUNCA
Week 4Sarah ReismanResearch TalkCal Tech
Week 5Student Flash TalksPanelProfessional DevelopmentRSCU students
Week 6Eric AnslynResearch TalkUT-Austin
Week 7Professional School PanelPanelProfessional DevelopmentVarious
Week 8Jeff JohnsonWorkshopPrice is Right game! (costs of lab materials)Hope College
Week 9Career PanelPanelProfessional DevelopmentRSCU students
RSCU Summer 2020

Summer 2020