Laure Kayser, assistant professor in the College of Engineering’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering  is a member of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) 2023 class of Young ObserversIUPAC is an international organization focused on chemical nomenclature and terminology. Because chemicals are complex, having consistent ways of describing their unique structures is crucial, especially as automated tools like machine learning become more prevalent in chemistry research. The goal of IUPAC’s Young Observers program is to introduce the organization’s work to a new generation of distinguished researchers and provide them with an opportunity to address international science policy issues. The program has supported more than 230 scientists under the age of 45 from industry, academia, and national laboratories. Kayser was one of ten U.S. Observers who attended the 52nd IUPAC General Assembly and 49th World Chemistry Congress, which took place in The Hague, Netherlands from Aug. 18-25. During the conference, Kayser attended the IUPAC and Polymer Division general assemblies and participated in projects from the Subcommittee on Polymer Terminology (SPT). She plans to continue volunteering for the IUPAC by contributing to the guide (and brief guide) to polymer semiconductors and other SPT projects.