Main 2015



July 23-25, 2015

Lewisburg, PA


The 14th annual MERCURY Conference for undergraduate computational chemistry was held July 23-25, 2015 at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA.

Mainstays of the conference include 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 are 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:

Qiaolin Deng

Merck Pharmaceuticals

Title: Molecular Modeling and Rational Drug Design


Niri Govind

Pacific Northwest National Lab (PNNL)

Title: Valence and Core-Level Excited State Studies of Molecular Complexes and Materials

Elena Jakubikova

North Carolina State University

Title: Toward Computational Design of Iron-Based Chromophores for Solar Energy Conversion

Daniel Lambrecht

University of Pittsburgh

Title: Efficient Electronic Structure Approaches for Organic & Nano Materials

Joan-Emma Shea

University of California at Santa Barbara

Title: Effect of surfaces in modulating protein folding and aggregation mechanisms

Greg Tschumper

University of Mississippi

Title: Getting Down to the Fundamentals of Hydrogen Bonding with Convergent Quantum Chemistry

Next year’s dates are set for July 21 – 23, 2016 here at Bucknell. We hope to see you then