Philadelphia Organic Chemists' Club (POCC)





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The Philadelphia Organic Chemists' Club (POCC)

The Philadelphia Organic Chemists' Club (POCC) is one of the oldest independent chemistry clubs in the United States and it works in conjunction with area universities and pharmaceutical companies to allow distinguished scientists to speak to a broad chemistry audience from the Philadelphia area.  The organization's central purpose is to facilitate the interaction between scientists, particularly between academic and the numerous chemical and pharmaceutical companies. The POCC lectures and events provide a monthly forum.

POCC Lecture Series

The POCC has been actively sponsoring seminars in Philadelphia since at least 1945 (check out the archives!). Typically, the POCC meets on the last Thursday of the month, often with the speaker being hosted during the day by one of the local chemical or pharmaceutical companies.  The POCC event is held in the University of Pennsylvania Chemistry Department, beginning at 6:30 p.m. with a social hour, followed by the seminar at 8:00 p.m.

POCC Awards

Allan R. Day Award

An award in memory of Allan R. Day is given once a year in recognition of outstanding contributions to organic chemistry and the awardee presents a seminar on one of the POCC lecture nights.

POCC Award

On alternate years (odd), an event is organized in the spring which includes an afternoon poster session with presenters from local universities and chemical companies.  The day is capped off with a dinner followed by a seminar by the receipient of that years' Philadelphia Organic Chemists' Club Award in recognition of outstanding contributions to organic chemistry and service to the scientific community which is given to a member of the industrial community.

Philadelphia Organic Chemists' Club
c/o Joseph Karpinski
Eastern University - Chemistry
1300 Eagle Road
St Davids, PA 19087-3696


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