Our Mission

The UC system is home to some of the most cutting edge research in chemical sciences. The transmission of this research depends on the rate of exchange of ideas, degree of development of  professional skills, frequency of social interactions, and level of mentoring for future career paths. This conference aims to give students and early career scientists in a similar stage of their scientific careers the opportunity to present their research from all chemistry disciplines in a variety of different formats, provide future career guidance and advice through panels and workshops, and also foster long-lasting relationships and research collaborations beyond graduate school. Principle aims of the UCCS:

Bring together UC grad student and postdocs to network and share their research

Capture the diverse research interests across departments in the UC system

Provide a space to start cross-UC as well as cross- disciplinary collaborations

Foster professional and career development for UC grad students and postdocs

In order to ensure free scientific discussion and allow presentation of the newest results that may not have been published, all participants are required to sign a confidentiality agreement at the conference.


Our Team

The UC Chemical Symposium is organized completely by graduate students and postdocs from University of California campuses. 


Connor Easley


UC Riverside

"Hope and curiosity about the future seemed better than guarantees. That's the way I was. The unknown was always so attractive to me... and still is" -Hedy Lamarr


Kyle Bentz, PhD


UC San Diego


Mary Garner

Executive Director of Programming

UC Berkeley


David Cao

Treasurer & Executive Director of Finance

UC Santa Barbara


Marika Wieliczko, PhD

Secretary & Exec. Director of Communications


Dominik Stemer

Assistant Director of Development Programming

UC Los Angeles

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Michael Boreen

Assistant Director of Scientific Programming

UC Berkeley

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Zachary Thammavongsy

Social Media Manager


Founder of UCCS and Faculty Advisor

UC San Diego