Mercury Consortium


July 21-23, 2016

Lewisburg, PA

The 15th annual MERCURY Conference for undergraduate computational chemistry will be held July 21-23, 2016 at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA.

Mainstays of the conference include six speakers who present excellent talks that provide background and specific findings in their respective fields, plus an undergraduate poster session and evening social networking events. This conference is an excellent forum for undergraduates to present their work and to learn from experts in the field, allowing them to put their own research into perspective. It is equally valuable as a networking event for faculty working with undergraduates. Undergraduates from all types of institutions are invited to come present their work. Students who have graduated from college and have not begun their graduate work are also invited to present. Graduate students and postdoctoral associates may attend and will have the opportunity to learn how professors work effectively with undergraduate research students.


This year's speakers are:

Chris Cramer

University of Minnesota

Jeff Evanseck

Duquesne University

Title: Biomolecular Dynamics, Function, Visualization, and the Energy Landscape

Kate Holloway

Merck Research Laboratories

Title: Arresting AIDS and Curing Hepatitis C: A Career in Computer-Aided Drug Design (CADD)

Richard Pastor

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Title: How do Antimicrobial Peptides Disrupt Membranes?

Steven Wheeler

Texas A&M University

Title: Unconstrained by Reality: Adventures in Computational Physical Organic Chemistry

Chris Wilmer

University of Pittsburgh

Title: Discovering Materials to Stop Climate Change using Molecular Simulations

NSF and Research Corporation sponsored Workshop

On Thursday, July 21, from 1:30 - 5:00 pm, just before the conference officially starts, there will be mini-workshop on visualizing quantum dynamics. The workshop will be led by Prof. Joe Subotnik (University of Pennyslvania). In just a few hours, we will teach students how to look at wavepackets in real time using MATLAB and just 20 lines of code. This workshop should be very useful for anyone who has taken physical chemistry as an undergraduate but always wondered how to extract simple intuition about quantum chemistry and not get lost in the mathematics. Computers to the rescue! The workshop will be free (with a maximum of 24 participants) and we will also provide lunch on Thursday as well.

This special pre-conference workshop will be provided for free for up to 24 participants on Thursday, July 21st from 1:30 - 5:00PM. Please express your intention to attend this workshop in the conference registration form while slots are still available.

Mercury Consortium Website