Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society (SAACS)
Southern California Undergraduate Research Conference (SCURC)
Sponsored by the Southern California section of the American Chemical Society


Saturday April 23rd, 2016
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
CSU Long Beach
Hall of Science (HSCI)

The Southern California Undergraduate Research Conference in Chemistry and Biochemistry is an annual event open to all undergraduates throughout southern California. This is an excellent opportunity for students to present their research to an audience of their peers. Students may submit abstracts for either oral or poster presentations or attend the meeting to learn what research other students are engaged in. Graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty are very welcome, but only undergraduate students may give presentations. CSU Long Beach is proud to host this year's event.

SCURC 2016 Agenda           Oral & Poster Abstracts           Presentation Award Winners

Oral Presentation Awardees Poster Presentation Awardees
  • Brittany Daws, CSU Long Beach
  • Ashley Le-Pham, CSU Fullerton
  • Vahe Baboomian, UC Irvine
  • Savannah Lewis, CSU Fullerton
  • Robert Ontiveros, CSU Fullerton
  • Green Ahn, USC
  • Lisa Kam, USC
  • Chidinma Abanobi, CSU Fullerton
  • Stephany Kdeiss, CSU Fullerton
  • Andrew Lew, UCLA
  • Stacy Guzman, CSU Fullerton
  • Cecilia Cisneros, CSU Long Beach
  • Samantha Freitag, CSU Channel Islands
  • Marian Sagoe, UC Irvine

The 2016 SCURC Keynote Speaker is

Gregory A. Weiss, Ph.D.
Professor of Chemistry,
Molecular Biology and Biochemistry

University of California, Irvine

Revving and Listening to Your Cell's Molecular Machines

Your cells rely on an orchestrated network of machines to relay information, repair damage, repel invaders and tackle myriad other activities. When we listen carefully to each instrument in this orchestra, we find a remarkably chaotic music with each machine playing to the beat of its own drummer and randomly speeding up and slowing down all day long. To hear this revving of molecular machines, we collaborated with a physicist at UC Irvine (Prof. Phil Collins) to invent the world's smallest microphone to which we staple an individual molecular machine. When activated through the addition of the machine's "fuel" or substrate, the machine's noise clearly and distinctly identifies specific motions during its catalytic cycle, and resolves mysteries at the heart of its functions. Inspired by the sounds of proteins, we invented a general method for accelerating proteins by driving their motions with pressure waves at specific frequencies. The method applies a vortex fluid device, which was invented in collaboration with Colin Raston (Flinders U.) to "unboil a hard-boiled egg".

Attendance at the conference is free, but we would appreciate if everyone planning to attend registers.
Snacks, drinks, and lunch will be provided.

Directions & Parking:
  • For directions to campus, please see our Department contact page
  • Parking Info:
    • Conference visitors should use lots 4 or 5 on West Campus Drive (circled on the map below), which are a short walk from The Hall of Science (HSCI, also circled below)
    • Note: Lot 8 on East Campus Drive is also available for overflow parking, but is near a current construction zone and should be avoided unless necessary
    • The campus parking fee is $5 for the day via the yellow permit dispensers in these lots
    • CSU faculty from other campuses can park for free in these lots with valid permits from their home campuses