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Schaap Chemistry Symposium

Thanks to the generosity of the A. Paul and Carol C. Schaap Foundation, and the success of our first two Schaap Chemistry Symposia in 2017 and 2019, the Hope College Department of Chemistry is pleased to resume this tradition biennially. The third biennial Schaap Chemistry Symposium will be July 13–14, 2023, on the Hope College campus in beautiful Holland, Michigan.

We once again expect a dozen Hope chemistry faculty and 40 or more Hope chemistry undergraduate summer researchers to be joined by a faculty member and two graduate and postdoctoral students from each of more than a dozen research universities across the nation, as well as by chemists from a range of local companies and Holland’s MSU Bioeconomy Institute, along with other friends of the department.


10 A.M., THURSDAY, JULY 13 — 3 P.M., FRIDAY, JULY 14, 2023

Please arrive at the Haworth Hotel Ballroom by 9:45 a.m. Thursday. The 2023 Schaap Chemistry Symposium will open promptly at 10 a.m. with a scientific keynote by Dr. Jen Heemstra, the newly appointed Charles Allen Thomas Professor of Chemistry and Chair of the Chemistry Department at Washington University in St. Louis, and close with a professional development keynote by Dr. Heemstra. In between the symposium will feature:

  • 23 short talks by undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral students and local industrial chemists
  • A poster session featuring 60 student posters
  • Opportunities for professional networking and recruiting
  • Panel sessions on:
    • Graduate school in the chemical sciences
    • Industry careers in chemistry at varying degree levels
    • Faculty careers in chemistry at undergraduate institutions

The 2023 symposium will run from 10 a.m.–10 p.m. on Thursday, July 13, and from 8 a.m.–3 p.m. on Friday, July 14. The final agenda is available online. Abstracts will be available in the print program book available on site, but will not be published online.


Heavily subsidized housing at the Haworth Hotel for industrial and research university participants has been arranged, and housing confirmations will be distributed by July 6.

Lunch and dinner on Thursday will be provided, while lunch on Friday will be on your own in Downtown Holland. Breakfast is on your own each day, but light morning snacks will be available during the symposium on Thursday and Friday. 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 those who have provided travel information. Shuttle reservations are now closed, but you may ask Kristi Dunn (dunnk@hope.edu, 616.395.7038) if space is available on existing shuttles. Holland is 40 minutes from Grand Rapids, 90 minutes from South Bend, and 3 hours from both Detroit and Chicago. Uber and Lyft are available locally. Michigan is located in the US Eastern Time Zone and does observe Daylight Savings Time.

Weather and Attire

Please check the weather immediately before travel, but at present it appears highs will be around 80° (overnight lows in the low 60s), with sunshine, high humidity and chance of thunderstorms. Pack accordingly. Consider bringing both an umbrella in case of rain and a bathing suit or other beach attire for a hoped-for social event on our beautiful Lake Michigan beach. Symposium attire is “chemistry conference casual” — nice jeans, shorts, skirts or slacks, paired with your choice of collared shirts or institutional logo-wear or dorky chemistry t-shirts!

Visitor information for Hope College and Holland, Michigan 


For more information about the symposium or the technical program, contact Professor Jason Gillmore (gillmore@hope.edu, 616.395.7308). For help with registration, housing or ground transportation, contact Kristi Dunn (dunnk@hope.edu, 616.395.7038).