Environmental Chemistry and Microbiology Student Symposium


18th Annual Environmental Chemistry and Microbiology Student Symposium

ECMSS is organized by The Student Association of Environmental Science and Engineering (SAESE). For more information regarding SAESE and other sponsored events, visit our website here.

The 18th annual ECMSS is scheduled for April 24 - 25, 2015 at Penn State University's Main Campus in University Park, PA.

The final 2015 ECMSS Abstract Book is now available.

The final Symposium Itinerary is also available.

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.

Members of this year’s organizing committee are looking forward to another successful symposium in 2015. ECMSS includes student poster sessions and oral presentations, as well as three keynote talks given by distinguished scientists in environmentally relevant fields. The event consists of one keynote address Friday afternoon (4/24), followed by presentation and judging of student poster sessions. On Saturday (4/25), the program continues with two more invited speakers, student oral presentation sessions, and a closing award session.

In the past, ECMSS has drawn between 60-70 graduate and undergraduate students, with 10-20% including participants from other schools around the region. The symposium draws attendance from other students, post-docs, and faculty members interested in the broad array of environmentally-related research presented at ECMSS every year.

We invite all those interested to mark their calendars, and encourage graduate and undergraduate student researchers to consider giving an oral or a poster presentation. ECMSS is a great opportunity for students to gain experience presenting and discussing their work in a friendly, low-stress academic environment.

The deadline for submitting presentation abstracts has been extended to March 31, 2015. There will not be a limit placed on the number of poster presentations; however, due to the limited availability of time slots for oral presentations, students interested in giving an oral presentation are highly encouraged to have abstracts prepared for submission as early as mid-February. Oral presentation slots will be awarded in the order that the abstracts are received until all slots are filled. All abstract submissions will be made electronically through the ECMSS website, which is currently being updated for the 2015 event.

Preparations for the 2015 ECMSS are now underway, and we are hoping you will plan to join us April 24-25. This is a great opportunity to interact with students and faculty members from a wide range of environmentally-related disciplines, as well as to learn about important research being conducted by environmental scientists and engineers in our region.

If you have any questions or would like to request further information, please get in contact with one of this year’s co-chairs, Christopher Smyth (cws187@psu.edu) or Shauna-kay Rainford (sur210@psu.edu) . Information providing specific dates for abstract submissions, keynote speakers, event schedule, and further details will follow in the coming weeks.

Previous ECMSS websites: 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2002