To inspire, motivate and support young women in computational and theoretical chemistry


We are proud and excited for the “Women make Computational Chemistry (COMP)” symposium at the 2019 Fall National Meeting in San Diego. The symposium has been dedicated to young women at the graduate student and post-doctoral level, receiving more than 80 applications. Established women PIs, at different level of the career in academia and industry, have given support and advice, mentoring the next generation of women in computational chemistry. The Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling has dedicated a Viewpoint to this event, which has been sponsored by the ACS Computers in Chemistry Division and received an Innovative Project Grant from the ACS. 

Ada Lovelace (picture) is the role model of the “Women MAKE COMP” symposium. Ada Lovelace (1815–1852) was an English mathematician and writer, known for having founded computing science. She wrote the first computer program, disclosing for the first time that computers could do much more than just calculations. Her visionary perspective pioneered our current computer age. 

Download our program and read our Viewpoint on JCIM. We are now organising the 2021 edition! 

Group picture of the first edition of Women Make COMP at the 2019 ACS Meeting in San Diego

2019 summer coding camp @Palermo lab! 

During all summer, our lab gives hands-on session on computational  chemistry & biophysics to high school students and teachers. We are hosting high school students from the Riverside Unified High School District and the Scripps College Claremont which is an undergraduate college educating young high school women to engage in college education in the greater Los Angeles area and in the Inland Empire.

The young participants of our “coding camp” are learning the basics of Linux use and programming applied to biomolecular simulations. They are also learn the basics of Python and other programming languages and they will get experience with the basic set-up and analysis of molecular simulations. 

After this experience, Yisi He from the Scripps College Claremont joined our lab! She is now actively performing molecular dynamics simulations of CRISPR-Cas9! 

Contact us to participate at giulia.palermo@ucr.edu