Future Faculty Symposium

Purpose

The goal of this annual symposium is to highlight and provide a forum for postdocs (~15) working in polymeric materials that are applying to academic positions during that year (i.e., for appointments beginning the next year). The two-day PMSE symposium is held during the Fall National Meeting of the American Chemical Society (location changes annually). The symposium features oral presentations by talented postdocs who have made significant contributions to their respective fields within polymer materials science and engineering (e.g., synthesis, processing, characterization, physics and engineering of polymeric materials.

Nature

Selected “PMSE Future Faculty Scholars” will each provide a technical talk describing past research and briefly mention their future research interests. Additionally, they will be invited to participate in a networking reception with one another, keynote speakers, and selected invited guests from academia and other sectors. The PMSE Young Polymer Scientists and Engineering Committee provides oversight to the coordination of the symposium.

All selected participants and speakers are responsible for costs associated with conference travel and registration. Selected scholars must submit their abstracts through the ACS system by the deadline and register for the meeting.

History

The inaugural symposium was held at the Fall 2018 National ACS Meeting in Boston and featured 22 Future Faculty Scholars, as well as keynote talks delivered by established leaders in the field of polymer science and engineering applying for and starting jobs in academia.

Eligibility

Postdocs working in PhD-granting institutions will be selected as “PMSE Future Faculty Scholars”.

Nomination Process

Deadline for Application

Nominations are open between January 1 and February 1 of the year of the Fall symposium.

Nominations

Postdocs working in PhD-granting institutions will be selected as “PMSE Future Faculty Scholars” following a nomination process. The candidate’s research must align within the themes of the PMSE division. Nominations are to be made by a research mentor (postdoc or PhD advisor). The nomination package consists of a single PDF containing the following items:

(1) Complete CV, particularly in the format suitable for a faculty search application
(2) title/abstract of the tentative presentation (~300 words)
(3) nomination letter from the mentor (1-2 pages)

The nominating mentor should send the pdf to the organizers (noted below for a given year) with the subject line reading: “Candidate Name/FFS Nomination”.  Nominations may be sent to the current organizers, Prof. Emily Pentzer (Case Western Reserve University), Prof. Cole DeForest (University of Washington) at ffsymposium@pmsedivision.org.

Selection Process

Selection of PMSE Future Faculty Scholars will be made by organizers & ad hoc members of the selection committee based on information provided in the nomination package, including research innovation and productivity during both PhD and postdoc, demonstrated commitment to an academic career (research, teaching, service), and enthusiasm of mentor nomination letter.

Past Future Faculty Scholars

Universities represent affiliations at the time of the conference

Fall 2018 (Boston)

Organizers

Luis Campos (Columbia)
Melissa Grunlan (Texas A&M)
Julie Jessop (Mississippi State)

PMSE Future Faculty Symposium Keynote Speakers

  • Craig Hawker (UCSC)
  • Paula Hammond (MIT)
  • Stuart Rowan (U Chicago)
  • Karen Wooley (Texas A&M)

PMSE Future Faculty Scholars

  • Brooks Abel (Cornell)
  • ​Alessia Battigelli (Brown)
  • Sandra Camarero (Groningen)
  • Evan Darzi (UCLA)
  • Marco Fantin (Carnegie Mellon)
  • Matthew Golder (MIT)
  • Joseph Grim (CU Boulder)
  • Woojin Han (Georgia Tech)
  • Emily Hoff (Cornell)
  • Jovan Kamcev (UC Berkeley)
  • Yoonseob Kim (MIT)
  • Xuesong Li (Wash U St Louis)
  • Danielle Mai (MIT)
  • Sudheendran Mavila (CU Boulder)
  • David Mozhdehi (Duke)
  • Liangqi Ouyang (University of Delaware)
  • Zhe Qiang (Northwestern)
  • Yunyan Qiu (Northwestern)
  • Seunghyun Sim (Caltech)
  • Jeff Ting (University of Chicago)
  • Edon Vitaku (Northwestern)
  • Alex Zhukhovitskiy (UC Berkeley)