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Schaap Chemistry Symposium

Thanks to the generosity of the A. Paul and Carol C. Schaap Foundation, the Hope College Department of Chemistry will host our inaugural Schaap Chemistry Symposium in Holland, Michigan.

More than a dozen Hope chemistry faculty and over 60 Hope chemistry undergraduate summer researchers will be joined by 15 research university faculty and 28 graduate and postdoctoral students from 15 universities across the nation, as well as 23 chemists from nine different local companies and Holland's MSU Bioeconomy Institute, and numerous friends of the chemistry department, including a Wettack Research Group Alumni Gathering held concurrently with the symposium.

Event details

10 a.m., Thursday, July 20—3 p.m., Friday, July 21

This year’s inaugural Schaap Chemistry Symposium will feature:

  • A keynote lecture by Dr. Sylvia T. Ceyer, the John C. Sheehan Professor of Chemistry at MIT, alumna of Hope College and fellow of the National Academy of Science, AAAS, AAS and APS
  • 30 short talks by undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral students and local industrial chemists
  • A poster session featuring 56+ student posters
  • Opportunities for professional networking and recruiting
  • Panel sessions on:
    • 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 20, and from 8 a.m.–3 p.m. on Friday, July 21. A summary agenda is available online, and the full program may be downloaded as a PDF.  Abstracts will be available in the print program book available on site, but will not be published online.

Dining, Lodging and Travel

Subsidized housing at the Haworth Inn and Conference Center for industrial and research university participants is now full and closed. 

A housing block may still be available at a full or reduced rate at City Flats Hotel (three short blocks from the conference site) using the group code Schaap Chemistry Symposium, and reservations should be made directly with the hotel at 616.796.2100.

Lunch and dinner on Thursday are provided, while lunch on Friday will be on your own in Downtown Holland. Breakfast is also 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 for industry and university registrants who provided flight information by June 30.

Visitor information for Hope College and Holland, Michigan


For more information about the symposium or to request an invitation, contact Professor Jason Gillmore (gillmore@hope.edu, 616.395.7308).

For technical help with registration or for changes/cancellations, contact the Hope College Events and Conferences Office (events@hope.edu, 616.395.7222).