Communicating Chemistry: Caribbean Cuisine (C4)


"Communicating Chemistry: Caribbean Cuisine (C4)," will take place during the 251st National Meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS) at the San Diego Wine & Culinary Event Center in San Diego, CA, on Tuesday, March 15, 2016, in the afternoon.


Entries should relate to Caribbean cuisines, interpreted broadly. Among other possibilities, entries could focus on a dish common in the Caribbean; ingredients important to populations in the Caribbean; or a chemical transformation that either unites some aspect of these cuisines or is heavily on display throughout the region.


Teams may consist of up to four students. Students must be currently enrolled at an accredited college at the date of the competition. Both undergraduate and graduate students are eligible. All team members must be student members of the ACS, though intent to join before the conference is acceptable.

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Initial proposals consisting of a video portion and a written portion will be submitted electronically.

  1. A video (3-minute limit) should be related to the intended final presentation, and could (but does not have to) show a portion or overview of the intended final presentation.
    Extensive video editing and effects are discouraged (the video presentation should reflect the final presentation).
  2. The written component (2-page limit, single-spaced, 12 pt. font) should provide an overview and description of the team's interactive component.
    Entries must include a list of supplies and ingredients needed on a separate page.

Modest revision of presentations between the entry date and the final competition is acceptable.

Due date for entries is February 8 at noon EST for online submission.

Prizes: Finalist teams receive complimentary registration to the Spring, 2016 ACS national meeting in San Diego, CA, and $750 per team member for travel costs. Supplies and ingredients will be provided for finalists.

Official Rules and Regulations

Click here for the complete set of competition rules and regulations.

Date and Location of Final Competition

During the spring ACS meeting, Tuesday, March 15, in the afternoon, at the San Diego Wine & Culinary Event Center. Check this web site in spring, 2016, for details regarding the schedule on the day of the event.


Justin Miller
Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Gavin Sacks
Cornell University

Donnie Golden
Fresno State


January 29, 2018 at noon

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