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Chemistry and Biochemistry News

All new freshmen and transfer chemistry and biochemistry majors are invited to participate in our Chemistry Mentoring Program.  New students and their mentors meet in both large and small group settings throughout the first semester.  New students tell us how much they benefit from having a peer mentor to help them through their questions as they acclimate to SU.  

Pictured above is one of the Mentor Program events.  Pizza, games and activities resulted in everyone having a good time!

Chemistry senior Andrew McGregor attended an SU Career Event and found himself an amazing summer opportunity! Andrew was one of the few undergraduate students chosen this summer to work as a Fellow in the Baltimore City Mayor's Office. He worked at the Department of Public Works determining ways to increase the recycling rate across Baltimore City.

To do this, he studied what percentage of people recycle along each city truck route and investigated how 40 other cities across the US encourage recycling. At the end of the summer, Andrew presented his plan to Baltimore City leaders.

During the summer, Andrew learned and practiced many skills which will be pertinent to his future successes- networking, comminication, negotiation and presenting skills. What a great summer he had!  

The annual SU Welcome Picnic provides all students, especially freshmen and transfer students, the opportunity to learn about and sign up to join the many clubs and organizations on campus. The American Chemical Society (ACS) Club and the Forensics (FSCI) Club both had tables at this event and club representatives were excited to talk about the activities the clubs have planned for the year.

ACS club officers, Shelby Litz (chemistry senior) and Michele Collingsworth (biochemistry junior), shared information about the upcoming faculty-staff softball game and the annual Chemistry Magic Show.

FSCI club officer, Ryan Drazenovic (chemistry junior), talked about CSI nights and crime scene activities.  Both clubs are very active on campus and students have fun socializing and learning at their events!

The Chemistry Department is excited to welcome Dr. Dana Ferraris as a Visiting Professor of Chemistry.  Dr. Ferraris' background includes many years in industry using his organic chemistry background to synthesize drugs, to teach courses and to mentor students. This semester, Dr. Ferraris is teaching in the General Chemistry and Organic Chemistry courses.  In the spring, he will continue teaching and also work with students on research projects.  

What does Dr. Ferraris do in his spare time?  He and his wife own a cafe, Kismet, in Eldersberg, where Dr. Ferraris helps out by making lattes and chai teas and baking bagels. 

At the start of the semester, all chemistry and biochemistry students were invited to visit Dr. Ellen Roskes' office to say hi and talk about their summers.  These three students, Mandi Sheroke, Mike Skaro and Morgan McCluskey-Wirtz all stopped by at the same time and enjoyed sharing their summer experiences with each other.

From studying for the MCATs to completing a research project at the University of Maryland School of Medicine on vaccine development to playing golf and preparing for her freshman year at SU, everyone kept busy and enjoyed the summer. All three were excited to start the school year with classes, research and extracurricular activities!

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