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Schaap Chemistry Symposium

Thanks to the generosity of the A. Paul and Carol C. Schaap Foundation, and the success of the inaugural Schaap Chemistry Symposium in 2017, the Hope College Department of Chemistry is pleased to anounce that the symposium will recur biennially. The next symposium will be July 11–12, 2019, in Holland, Michigan.

We again expect a dozen Hope chemistry faculty and at least 50 Hope chemistry undergraduate summer researchers to be joined by a faculty member and two graduate and postdoctoral students from each of at least 15 research universities across the nation, as well as by chemists from a wide range of local companies and Holland's MSU Bioeconomy Institute, along with other friends of the department.

Register for the 2019 Schaap Chemistry Symposium 

Event details

10 a.m., Thursday, July 11—3 p.m., Friday, July 12, 2019

The 2019 Schaap Chemistry Symposium will feature:

  • Keynote lectures by Dr. Rigoberto Hernandez, the Gompf Family Professor of Chemistry at Johns Hopkins University and the Director of the Open Chemistry Collaborative in Diversity Equity (OXIDE), Cottrell Scholar, Humboldt Research Fellow, Herty Medalist, and fellow of the AAAS, ACS and APS.
  • 25+ short talks by undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral students and local industrial chemists
  • A poster session featuring 50+ student posters
  • Opportunities for professional networking and recruiting
  • Panel sessions on:
    • Diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence
    • Graduate school
    • Industry careers in chemistry at varying degree levels
    • Faculty careers in chemistry at undergraduate institutions

The symposium will run from 10 a.m.–10 p.m. on Thursday, July 11, and from 8 a.m.–3 p.m. on Friday, July 12. The 2017 symposium agenda is available as an example. Abstracts will be available in the print program book available on site, but will not be published online.

Dining, Lodging and Travel

Partially subsidized housing at the Haworth Inn and Conference Center for industrial and research university participants will be available for reservation at registration. 

Lunch and dinner on Thursday will be provided, while lunch on Friday will be on your own in Downtown Holland. Breakfast is included for Haworth Inn hotel guests only. Meals en route are participants’ individual responsibility, as are travel expenses.

Ample free parking is available on and near campus. Complimentary shuttles to and from Gerald Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids will be available.

Visitor information for Hope College and Holland, Michigan 


For more information about the symposium or to request an invitation, contact Professor Ken Brown (brownk@hope.edu, 616.395.7173).