Jeremy D. Leavell had been standing at his poster on crystallography for an hour and eight minutes when I came across him at the undergraduate poster session this afternoon.
Most students I had talked with had between five and six people stop by their posters. Some students excitedly told me they had explained their work to around 20 people.
But for Jeremy, not a single person had stopped by his poster the entire time he had been standing there—and there was only 20 minutes left in the poster session.
Jeremy noted that one girl had stopped by, glanced at his poster, and then continued on. “I didn’t even get a chance to present it to her,” he said. He still counts that as half a visitor.
It’s understandable why more people hadn’t stopped by, said Jeremy, who is a senior biochemistry major at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn. Research on crystallography can be a bit obscure.
I wanted to give Jeremy, who is attending his first ACS national meeting, an opportunity to present his poster, and what better audience than C&EN readers? “Now I’ve just one-upped everyone,” he said.