LSU Chemistry Graduate Student will Serve as ACS Graduate Student Symposium Planning Committee (GSSPC) Coordinator

Nichole Kaufman in front of LSU stadium
LSU Chemistry graduate student Nichole Kaufman. 

Nichole Kaufman, a fourth-year graduate student advised by Professor Maria da Graça H. Vicente, was selected to serve as the American Chemical Society’s (ACS) Graduate Student Symposium Planning Committee (GSSPC) Coordinator.

The GSSPC was created to provide graduate students with a national forum in which they may make their views known, develop their professional network and leadership skills, provide a sustainable source of quality programming, and encourage current and future ACS membership among the newest generation of professional chemists. The GSSPC is responsible for the tasks associated with the planning of a symposium for an American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting and ensuring the continuation of the GSSPC by recruiting and mentoring a successive group of graduate students.

Nichole was selected for this role because of her outstanding work as the corporate fundraising and workshop leader for the Louisiana State University Graduate Student Symposium Planning Committee (GSSPC). In Spring 2019, the LSU GSSPC hosted a successful symposium at the 257th ACS National Meeting in Orlando, which featured speaker Sir James Fraser Stoddart, 2016 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry. 

This prestigious role comes with full support to attend all ACS National Meetings. She will serve in this capacity in 2020, with options for up to two additional years.