Association for Professional Development in Chemistry (APDC)

The Association for Professional Development in Chemistry (APDC – formerly SDC) at UMass Amherst is a student-run organization whose purpose is to facilitate and support activities that provide networking and professional development opportunities to graduate students in Chemistry at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. We organize and host ResearchFest, an annual Chemistry Department symposium featuring posters and oral presentations by graduate students, a vendor show, a career panel discussion, and a keynote address by a department alumnus.  We also host several Pizza Parleys each semester, a forum for graduate students to present their most recent results or prepare for upcoming presentations and receive feedback from other graduate students in a low-pressure, collaborative setting. The Student-Hosted Seminar Series is our newest event, and we are proud to host a speaker as distinguished as Professor Whitesides for our second seminar. The third of these seminars is tentatively planned for the spring of 2018 and we hope to keep bringing in influential and exciting speakers with the input of the graduate student body as the series continues.

If you are interested in learning more about or getting involved with APDC, you can stop by our website,, e-mail us at, talk to one of our members, or stop by one of our meetings.

We are always recruiting new graduate student members and would love to have your participation in continuing to organize impactful networking and professional development programming for UMass Chemistry graduate students.