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Polymers (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Modern Advances in Polymer Science


June 10-11, 2017


Mount Holyoke College
South Hadley, MA Site Information


Jared D. Harris & Benjamin R. Elling

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by May 13, 2017. Please apply early, as some meetings become oversubscribed (full) before this deadline. If the meeting is oversubscribed, it will be stated here. Note: Applications for oversubscribed meetings will only be considered by the Conference Chair if more seats become available due to cancellations.

GRS Speaker Abstract Deadline: Although applications will be accepted until the date noted above, any applicants who wish to be considered for an oral presentation should submit their application by March 10, 2017. Please refer to the application instructions in the Meeting Description section below for more details (if available).

Meeting Description


The Polymers Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) provides a unique opportunity for graduate students, post-doctoral researchers, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience to congregate to present and discuss high quality research focused on the synthesis, characterization, and application of polymeric materials. The meeting (June 10-11) will directly precede the Polymers Gordon Research Conference (June 11-16) on the campus of Mt. Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA. Those applying to the GRS are strongly encouraged to submit an additional application to the Polymers GRC.

The seminar will include poster sessions and a select number of oral presentations on modern advances in polymer research. Submissions on topics such as drug delivery strategies, precision synthesis, materials for energy applications, sustainably sourced materials, novel characterization techniques, designed surfaces and interfaces, and self-healing materials are encouraged. The GRS will also provide opportunities for career development through presentations from invited speakers working in various fields as well as time for networking.

Application Instructions

The meeting will feature approximately 10 talks and 2 poster sessions. All attendees are expected to actively participate in the GRS either by giving an oral presentation or presenting a poster. Therefore, all applications must include an abstract.

The Chairs will select speakers from abstracts submitted by March 10, 2017. Those applicants who are not chosen for talks and those who apply after the deadline to be considered for an oral presentation will be expected to present a poster. In order to participate, you must submit an application by the date indicated in the Application Deadline section above.

Program Format

Saturday Sunday
  • Introductory Comments: 3:30 pm - 3:45 pm
  • Introductory Science Session: 3:45 pm - 4:30 pm
  • Poster Session I: 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Dinner: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Evening Science Session: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
  • Breakfast: 7:30 am - 8:30 am
  • Morning Science Session: 9:00 am - 11:00 am
  • Poster Session II: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
  • Lunch: 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
  • Concluding Science Session: 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
  • Evaluation Period: 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
  • Program for related GRC begins: 6:00 pm

Related Meeting

This GRS will be held in conjunction with the "Polymers" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Those interested in attending both meetings must submit an application for the GRC in addition to an application for the GRS. Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.


Preliminary Program Outline

An outline of the program components for this GRS is displayed below. The Conference Chair is currently developing their detailed program schedule, which will include the speakers they select from submitted abstracts, in addition to any additional components outlined below. The detailed program will be available by April 10, 2017. Please check back for updates.

Keynote Speaker

  • David Tirrell (California Institute of Technology, USA)
    "Strategies of Successful Scientists"


  • To Be Selected from Submitted Abstracts

Discussion Leaders

  • To Be Selected from Submitted Abstracts

Mentorship Component

"Careers in Polymer Science"

  • Yutan Getzler (Kenyon College, USA)
  • Samantha Page (Cantor Colburn LLP, USA)
  • Xin Su (John Wiley & Sons, Inc., USA)
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