Herty Medalist Undergraduate Research Symposium (HMURS)

The Herty Medalist Undergraduate Research Symposium (HMURS) was initiated in 2006 by the ACS Georgia Section to celebrate undergraduate research in the chemical sciences in the metro Atlanta area. One of the main goals of HMURS is to leverage the impact of the annual Herty Award to the undergraduate student population as well as the promotion of diversity and inclusion within the chemistry community.

History of HMURS and Past HMURS
HMURS 2018 Photographs

HMURS 2019 Was A Great Success

The 14th annual Herty Medalist Undergraduate Research Symposium (HMURS) was held at Georgia Gwinnett College (GGC) on September 20, 2019. At the symposium GGC President Dr. Jann L. Joseph welcomed the attendees and GGC Provost Dr. T. J. Arant introduced 2019 Herty Medalist Dr. Lisa McElwee-White (Univ. of Florida). In her presentation Dr. McElwee-White discussed “Chemistry for 3-D Printing of Metal Nanostructures with Metal Complexes and Electron Beams.” Dr. Wallace Derricotte (Morehouse College) and Dr. Katy Zimmermann (GGC) spoke about their research on “A Symmetry-Adapted Perturbation Theory Approach to Reaction Force Analysis” and “Environmental Chemistry” respectively. The symposium was attended by nearly 200 (82% increase compared to 2018). After the talks 76 undergraduate students (65% increase compared to 2018) from 19 academic institutions both in-state and out-of-state (58% increase compared to 2018) presented and defended their research during a poster presentation session. The best poster presentation awards were presented to the following students:  

  • First Place: Jen Kong (Georgia State University), “Innovative Gadolinium-Based MRI Contrast Agent with Chemokine Receptor 4 Binding Affinity, hProCA32.CXCR4, for Early Detection of Liver Metastasis”
  • Second Place: Ballanah Torbett (Georgia State University), “Optimization of the expression and purification for protein-based MRI contrast agent”
  • Third Place: Josephine Rudd (Colorado State University), “Investigating Ice Nucleating Particles and Microgels in the Wave Flume Mesocosm”