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Graduate students win bid to plan ACS symposium

A committee of eight graduate students from the University of Minnesota—Solaire Finkenstaedt-Quinn, Lindsay Johnson (committee chair), Leon Lillie, Ben Neisen, Randy Siedschlag, Kailey Soller, Victoria Szlag, and Jeffrey Ting—has been selected to organize a symposium at the 250th American Chemical Society National Meeting and Exposition in August 2015 in Boston, MA.

They will be presenting a symposium themed, “Academic Innovations for Tomorrow’s Industries,” to highlight how academia can use commercialization as a mechanism for bringing the rewards of research to the world. Their committee was selected from a pool of applications from institutions across the country.

"We are very excited to have been selected for this opportunity and we look forward to showcasing the strength of our committee, our department, and the University of Minnesota," said Johnson.

The Graduate Student Symposium Planning Committee includes, from left, Jeffrey Ting, Kailey Soller, Ben Neisen, Victoria Szlag, Randy Siedschlag, Solaire Finkenstaedt-Quinn, Leon Lillie, and Lindsay Johnson (committee chair).