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Annual Poster Session

The annual poster session is held annually typically in March or April at one of the local five four-year colleges that offer degree programs in chemistry. At this event, chemists at all levels - whether they are practicing professional chemists, graduate students or undergraduate students - are invited to present their latest research to the wider community of chemists in Dayton.

A number of cash awards are also offered to the best posters presented by graduate and undergraduate student researchers and is often a well-attended event. The Patterson College Chemistry Award is often also presented at this event.

2020 COVID-19 Impact UPDATE (03/12/2020)

Dear Dayton Section ACS Members,

With the closing of local schools, colleges and universities, and the implementation of social distancing, the Dayton Section ACS Board of Directors has canceled the Annual Poster Session and Patterson College Chemistry Awards planned for April 1st at the University of Dayton.

The Board will reschedule these events for the Fall of 2020.  We will keep members informed of the new date.

Patterson College Chemistry Awardees will soon receive their monetary awards in the mail.  Dayton ACS certificates will be presented to the winners at the Fall Poster Session.

We hope our members support us in this decision.  We will make every effort to meet our obligation to hold the Annual Poster Session in the Fall.


Dayton ACS Board of Directors

The Annual Poster Session is a tradition of long standing in the Dayton Section. The Dayton Section invites you, your colleagues, and students to present a poster related to any area of chemical research. Outstanding undergraduate and graduate poster presentations will be awarded cash prizes. Complimentary food and drink will be provided by the section. Join us and volunteer as a poster judge by sending e-mail to We will also recognize the outstanding junior chemistry major at each university within the Section’s boundaries with the Patterson College Chemistry Awards.

Call for Poster Abstracts

Send abstracts of 250 words or fewer outlined HERE by Monday, March 30, 2020 by 5 PM. Submit your abstract to Dr. Hilmar Koerner at Previous abstract examples and submissions can be found here. Students should indicate if they would like to be considered for an award and whether they are an undergraduate or graduate student. Poster boards measure 3’ high by 4’ wide. Binder clips will be provided to attach posters to poster boards.

Previous Poster Sessions