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The 17th Annual Environmental Chemistry and Microbiology Student Symposium (ECMSS) took place Friday and Saturday, March 28 and 29, 2014 in the Forest Resources Building at Penn State’s Main Campus in University Park, PA. 

ECMSS is sponsored by Penn State’s Center for Environmental Geochemistry and Genomics (CEGG), and is completely organized and run by graduate students at Penn State. ECMSS has been a long standing tradition on campus that brings together graduates, undergraduates, and faculty members engaged in environmentally-relevant research. 

The ECMSS included student poster sessions and oral presentations, as well as three keynote talks given by distinguished scientists in environmentally relevant fields. The event consisted of one keynote address Friday afternoon (3/28/14), followed by presentation and judging of student poster sessions. On Saturday (3/29/14), the program continued with two more invited speakers, student oral presentation sessions, and a closing awards session. Cash prizes were awarded for the top poster and oral presentations for each session, as well as for the winners of the student photo and t-shirt contests.  

The Keynote Speakers were:
Dr. David Sedlak, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California-Berkeley   
Dr. Markus Buehler, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Dr. Richard Alley, Evan Pugh Professor of Geosciences, The Pennsylvania State University

 For more information, go the ECMSS website:  http://www.essc.psu.edu/CECG_symposium/index.html 

CECG hosts an annual Wine and Cheese Event held in January-February which is open to CECG faculty and student affiliates with an invited speaker. Some of the past speakers have been:

2012 - Janet Jansson, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory - Earth Sciences Division
2011 - James Bristow, Deputy Director of Department of Energy, Joint Genome Institute
2010 - Thomas Richard, Director, Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment, Penn State University
2009 - Allison A. Campbell, Director of the Environmental Molecular Science Lab of DOE's Pacific Northwest National Lab