Conference 2017


July 20-22, 2017

Greenville, SC


The 16th annual MERCURY Conference for undergraduate computational chemistry was held on July 20-22, 2017 at Furman University in Greenville, PA.

Mainstays of the conference included six speakers who present excellent talks that provide background and specific findings in their respective fields, plus an undergraduate poster session and evening social networking events. This conference is an excellent forum for undergraduates to present their work and to learn from experts in the field, allowing them to put their own research into perspective. It is equally valuable as a networking event for faculty working with undergraduates. Undergraduates from all types of institutions were invited to come present their work. Students who have graduated from college and have not begun their graduate work are also invited to present. Graduate students and postdoctoral associates may attend and will have the opportunity to learn how professors work effectively with undergraduate research students.


This year’s speakers were:

Chris Cramer

University of Minnesota

Title: Spiral Feedback for Catalyst Design: Experiment and Theory


Jeff Evanseck

Duquesne University

Title: Biomolecular Dynamics, Function, Visualization, and the Energy Landscape


Kate Holloway

Merck Research Laboratories

Title: Arresting AIDS and Curing Hepatitis C: A Career in Computer-Aided Drug Design (CADD)


Richard Pastor

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Title: How do Antimicrobial Peptides Disrupt Membranes?


Steven Wheeler

Texas A&M University

Title: Unconstrained by Reality: Adventures in Computational Physical Organic Chemistry


Chris Wilmer

University of Pittsburgh

Title: Discovering Materials to Stop Climate Change using Molecular Simulations

NSF MolSSI Workshop

On Thursday, July 20, 2017 from 9:00AM to 5:00PM, there will be a workshop organized by The Molecular Sciences Software Institute. Details about the workshop will be available soon.