The 2017 UCCS meeting will be held at the Lake Arrowhead conference center on March 27 - 29, 2017.
These dates coincide with spring break at some but not all of the UC schools so please check your school's academic calendar.

Location information

Lake Arrowhead comference center
Lake Arrowhead comference center

The Lake Arrowhead conference center is a 42-acre property owned by the University of California Los Angeles. It is located on the shore of Lake Arrowhead within the San Bernardino National Forest, 90 miles east of downtown Los Angeles. Directions and transport information are included at the bottom of this page.

The conference includes accommodation and all meals at the Lake Arrowhead conference center.

Conference program

Full meeting program available for download

  Monday March 27
4:00-5:30 pm Room check-in and registration Living Room
5:30-6:30 Opening Keynote Speaker: Catherine Murphy Pineview Room
6:30-8:00 Dinner Dining Room
8:00-10:00 Lightning talks and dessert Pineview Room
9:00-12:00 Social Lakeview Room
  Tuesday March 28
7:00-8:30 am Group hike and run
8:00-9:00 Breakfast Dining Room
9:00-12:00 Oral Presentations Pineview Room and Cedar Room
11:00-11:15 Coffee break   sponsored by Corning
12:00-2:00 pm Lunch
Activity break: Volleyball and hiking
Dining Room
2:00-3:00 Career Panel
Vendor show
Pineview Room
3:00-4:00 NSF Early CAREER Faculty Fellowship panel
Elevator Pitch workshop
Lakeview Room
Library Room
4:00-6:00 Oral Presentations Pineview Room and Cedar Room
5:00-5:20 Coffee break   sponsored by Corning
6:00-6:30 Personal interviews with panelists
free time / set up posters
Skyview Room
6:30-8:00 Dinner Dining Room
8:00-10:00 Poster session and social Lakeview Room and Library Room
      Optional social activities in light blue
  Wednesday March 29
8:00-9:00 am Breakfast Dining Room
9:00-10:50 Oral Presentations Pineview Room and Cedar Room
10:50-11:00 Poster session and oral presentation awards
sponsored by RSC, ACS Nano, Nano Letters, and JACS      
Pineview Room
11:00-12:00 Closing keynote speaker: Vy Dong
sponsored by RSC
Pineview Room
12:00-1:00 pm Lunch Dining Room
      Check out of room by noon
      Departure by 1:00 pm

Keynote speakers

Professor Vy Dong

Professor Dong is a Professor at University of California Irvine. She had previously received her bachelor's degree from UC Irvine, working on an honor's project with Larry Overman. Following that, she worked with David MacMillan on her doctoral work, initially at UC Berkeley, later moving to Caltech. Following that, she moved back to UC Berkeley to perform postdoctoral work with Robert Bergman and Ken Raymond, then started her independent career at the University of Toronto from 2006-2013, and in 2010 was named the Adrian Brook professor of chemistry there before moving to UC Irvine.

Professor Dong's research is focused on chemistry aimed at improving organic and organometallic synthesis, covering reagent and enantioselective catalyst synthesis as well as natural product synthesis. By using these techniques, some current research goals include carbon-hydrogen bond activation, carbon dioxide activation for synthesis, and make heterocyclic compounds that are natural products or otherwise biologically active. Applications for her group's new synthetic strategies include pharmaceuticals, materials, and other fields in addition to direct synthesis of natural products themselves.

Professor Vy Dong

Professor Catherine J. Murphy

Professor Catherine J. Murphy

Professor Murphy is currently the Peter C. and Gretchen Miller Markunas Professor of Chemistry at the University of Illinois Urbana- Champaign, a position she has held since 2009. Previously, she has received two bachelors' degrees in chemistry and biochemistry from the University of Illinois Urbana- Champaign followed by graduate work at the University of Wisconsin Madison, then postdoctoral work at the California Institute of Technology as a NSF and NIH Postdoctoral Fellow. From 1993-2009 she was at the University of South Carolina in the department of Chemistry and Biochemistry before moving to the University of Illinois.

Her research interests focus around nanoparticles and nanotechnology, spanning a wide variety of techniques and applications. They include synthesis and characterization of inorganic nanoparticles and nanomaterials, the use of nanoparticles in energy, electronics, and biotechnology fields, as well as the sustainability and environmental impact of nanomaterials. She has co-authored over 225 publications throughout her career, and received many prestigious honors and awards, including election into the National Academy of Sciences in 2015.

Program highlights


Presentation guidelines

Posters should be no larger than 4'×6' (same size as ACS posters). Supplies to mount posters will be provided.

Talks should be 15-17 minutes long, with 2-4 minutes for questions.

Lightning talks
Lightning talks should be 3 minutes long (2 or 3 slides as a PDF), with 1-2 minutes for questions.


We have set up a shared carpool site if you are looking to share a ride to or from the conference from your school or airport. Please see the website for details and sign up if possible to drive with others if you have a car.

The closest airport to the Lake Arrowhead conference center is Ontario International Airport (ONT), about 45 miles away.
Other nearby airports in the Los Angeles area include Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), about 100 miles away, and Orange County Airport (SNA), about 80 miles from the conference center.

Driving directions

Driving directions from southern CA schools:


Los Angeles


San Diego

Santa Barbara

Flyers for download (printable)

Vertical design

Horizontal design (half sheet)

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