The National Organization of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers, (NOBCChE) is an organization that seeks to empower chemists and chemical engineers by providing opportunities of research, networking and professional development.
The Center has been involved with NOBCChE over the last couple years as a platform to attract outstanding underrepresented minority chemists into the Center. This year the Center was represented at the conference by Dr. Lloyd Munjanja (EOD – Director), Dr. Sidney Wilkinson-Hill (Emory University) and Professor Stefane France (Georgia Tech). The CCHF Center in collaboration with the 2 other Centers for Chemical Innovation (Dr. Danielle Watt- CaSTL and Dr. Miriam Krause - CSNano) had a booth to promote the summer undergraduate programs as well as discuss graduate school options for prospective graduate students and postdoctoral scientists. The booth was visited by NSF Program Specialist, Margaret-Anne Mazzi Wampampa.
Dr. Miriam Krause represented the three CCIs present at NOBCChE and gave a 10-minute talk titled, “Training Effective Communication to Prepare Future STEM Leaders in Chemistry”
Dr. Sidney Wilkerson (Huw Davies Group) and Dr. Lloyd Munjanja were involved in undergraduate poster at the conference. This gave them an opportunity to discover outstanding undergraduates and encourage them to apply for the CCHF Chemistry Summer Undergraduate Research Experience.
Dr. Lloyd Munjanja and Dr. Danielle Watt (CASTL) participated in the STEM Festival at NOBCChE offering a range of educational activities for elementary, middle and high school teachers and students.
Overall, this is a fantastic conference for all Center members to be involved in. The small size of the conferences makes it easy for students and postdocs to have one-on-one engagement with prospective employers and professors thus building their networks effortlessly. A number of quality professional development workshops are given throughout the conference which professionals and students can participate in.
Author: Lloyd Munjanja