Congratulations to our 2018 Poster Session Award Winners

High School Poster Award Winners

First Place: Doreen Sampeur & Yen Nguyen

Second Place: Pat Cooney & Josh Kinker & Logan Simon

Third Place:  Daniel DeLuca & Luke Eddings & Kristen Gilmore & Kristopher Perez & Kayla Ruiz & Miranda Vargas & Thomas Wallick 

Undergraduate Poster Awards

First Place: Bret Unger

Second Place: Yingqi Lin

Third Place: Brendon Godshall

Graduate Poster Awards:

First Place: Connor Koellner

Second Place: Gloria Bazargan

Third Place: Natalia Molina

Honorable Mention: Owen O'Sullivan, Vignesh Sundaresan, and Veronica Smith

Penn Sponsored People's Choice Award

Annastassia Gallo

Dr. Addison's Best Undergrad Inorganic Poster Award

Bret Unger

Congratulations to all our award recipients

2018 Annual Poster session: April 10


The event will take place at Temple University in the Science and Education Research Center (SERC). Parking is available at the Montgomery Garage or the Diamond Lot. Public Transportation is highly recommended -- Cecil B. Moore and the Temple Regional Rail stops are convienently situated. 

A light dinner will be provided for all participants. It is critical for us to keep costs down that you let know if you will be unable to attend at least three days in advance. Please indicate in your registration if you have any dietary restrictions or request special accomodations. 

The event will officially start at 6:30, but judges and grad school/career fair presenters are encouraged to arrive before 6 pm for a pre-meeting and to set up. Poster session presenters need to have their posters up and ready to be judged at 6:30 pm. We recommend coming by 6 pm to ensure plenty of time to get through the registration process. 


Every Spring the Philly YCC holds a poster session for high school, undergraduate, and graduate students and post docs. This year it will be held at Temple University. Poster presenters will have the opportunity to compete for cash prizes as well as attend the Grad School/Career fair.

The judging rubric will be posted below as soon as it is complete. 


Judges need to have at least completed their bachelors and have worked at least 6 months in industry or be a member of the academic faculty. Current Post-docs are encouraged to submit a poster rather than judge them. Judges need to arrive by 6:00 pm for a pre-meeting.


We are looking for interested Grad Schools and companies to host a table. The focus should be on information related to attending a grad school program or what a career at a particular company is like. You may post jobs if desired, but not required. Since some grad schools may not be able to send a representative, recent graduates (up to 10 years post graduation) may represent a graduate program. 

Grad Schools and Companies exhibiting at the Grad School and Career Fair are welcome to start setting up at 6:00pm or earlier as needed. Please consider bringing handouts or other giveaways for the fair participants. The poster session organizers are also looking for institutions that are interested in sponsoring one of the prizes. All institutions will have a table ready for them. Please indicate if you need electricity during registration.

Download the 2018 Judging Rubric

2018 Poster Session Rubric (pdf)


2017 YCC Poster Session

On March 27, 2017 the Philadelphia Local Section Younger Chemists Committee held their annual poster session for students at the University of the Sciences. Over 75 posters were presented from high school, undergraduate, and graduate students as well as post doctoral staff from the area’s Colleges and Universities. In addition to local students, several visiting students from France presented posters as well. The students were judged by over 25 judges to ensure that each poster was scored according to a pre-posted rubric a minimum of three times. The poster session was divided up into two sessions with a short break in the middle. Students were judged during one of the two sessions, allowing them time to look at other student’s posters during the other session. 

Concurrent with the poster session was a grad school and career fair. Visitors from Penn, Temple, Drexel, Villanova, and Dow Chemical Company were on hand to discuss options for graduate school and careers after school. Joe Martino from ACS Career Consultants was also on hand to assist with resume reviews. The grad school and career fair was available for the duration of the poster session so that students could also visit during the time they were not presenting. 

At the conclusion of the evening, the judges’ scores were tallied and the much anticipated awards were given. The following is a list of award winners: 

High School

First Place—Sophia Breslin, Dock Mennonite Academy


First Place—Kenneth Wong and Zhihong Wang, University of the Sciences

Second Place (tie)—Nam Nguyen, Haley Barnum, Doug Gisewhite, and Sharon Burgmayer, Bryn Mawr and Caroline McKeon, Samuel Epstein, Casey Londergan, and Louise Charkoudian, Haverford

Inorganic (sponsored by Dr. Tony Addison)—Nam Nguyen, Haley Barnum, Doug Gisewhite, and Sharon Burgmayer, Bryn Mawr


First Place—Akila Thenuwara, Samantha Shumlas, Nuwan Attanayake, Qing Kang, Elizabeth Cerkez, Ian McKendry, Laszlo Frazer, Richard Remsing, Eric, Borguet, Michael Zdilla, Jianwei Sun, Daniel Strongin, Temple

Second Place—Katherine Elbert, Davit Jishkariani, Yaoting Wu, Jennifer D, Bertrand Donnie, Christopher Murray, University of Pennsylvania

Third Place—Giulia Macini, John Tomsho, John W., University of the Sciences

Penn Prize for People’s Choice for Best Poster

Owen T. Sullivan