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Chemistry and Biochemistry News

Keyword: experiential learning

(L-R): Ian Liyayi (Biochem '18); Delaney Patterson (Biochem '18); Destinie Burgan (Biotech '17); Karleigh Baldwin (Biology '19); and Anna Chippi (Biology '18)

The 82nd Intercollegiate Student Chemists Convention (ISCC) was held this Saturday at Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania. The ISCC is a long-running convention for undergraduate students in Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Maryland and Pennsylvania.  Several students presented their research in a 12 minute talk. The student presentations were all excellent, and first and second place awards were given for each of the four sections. Senior Biochemistry major Delaney Patterson, was awarded 2nd place in the organic chemistry section. Congratulations to all the students for a job well done! 

Several chemistry faculty and students presented at the Paul Lack Scholar's Showcase last week. It is an opportunity for faculty and students  to share progress with the Stevenson Community. 

Drs Dwyer and Burkett reported on their approach to teaching the Biochemistry Integrated Lab

Dr. Narayan shared the results of her computational chemistry work

Dr. Mason share the progress she's been making characterizing a new chemotherapeutic

Students Hayley Chapman and Stephen Ferrara presented their original proposal from their Honors Chemistry Class 

                                                         

 

Chemistry senior Lindsay Most completed her capstone last fall at Friends Medical Laboratory. She is still working there, with a standing invitation to join the team full time when she completes her education.  She had the following to say about her experience:

From day one, I was given a list of tasks, shadowed supervisors and laboratory technicians to learn the ropes, and then was in charge of running the samples efficiently and correctly in the TLC unit to produce reliable results. In the GC/LC unit, I was responsible for extracting drugs from patient samples using standard operating procedures for solid phase extraction and by observing fellow technicians. I handled hazardous materials such as fentanyl calibrators, and prepared batches of samples for extractions and injection for liquid chromatography. I was able to apply my chemistry knowledge and laboratory skills gained at Stevenson University in a professional laboratory setting, in order to excel in the TLC and GC/LC unit. By working on an individually assigned fentanyl project, I was able to analyze data and determine additional steps that would yield in greater, more accurate results.

The experience gained from Stevenson and this capstone experience allowed me to become employed and to pursue a career path that I have been considering for a long time, which is drug analysis. While I am still determining whether to pursue a passion for ballistics analysis, I know that I am comfortable with and thoroughly enjoy identifying illicit drugs in patient samples and that I really enjoy using liquid chromatography and analyzing data, all thanks to this fantastic opportunity.”

Stevenson Summer Science Scholars Program (S3RP) held a "match" day to allow students who have applied to the S3RP to met all S3RP faculty mentors. The students and faculty paired up "speed dating" style to get to know one another and to ask questions about the research planned.  The students will choose the faculty members whom they would enjoy working with and the faculty members will rank the students that are most appropriate for their research projects.  Selections will be made based on mutual rankings. Up to three students will work with each faculty member for 10 full-time weeks this summer. Each S3RP student receives a stipend of $4000 for the summer.  Dr. William Harrell (bottom, left) and Dr. Tim Dwyer (top, right) were selected to be faculty mentors this summer in chemistry. 

Biochemistry junior Austin Halterman recently completed a semester abroad in Amsterdam, Netherlands where he was able to complete several Stevenson Educational Experience requirements toward his degree. Austin worked closely with Dr. Rebecca Pisano in the Office of International and Off-campus Study and many different program directors/coordinators from CIEE (Council On International Educational Exchange), through which the program was coordinated. While in Amsterdam, Austin stayed at the Student Hotel, housing open to many people, including many other study abroad students from the US, graduate students from all over the world, people working in the city for extended stays and also tourists in town for short stays. Despite the semester abroad, Austin has stayed on track to graduate in four years and worked around the Medical College Admission Test schedule as well. For more information on study abroad opportunities, start by visiting the SU Study Abroad website.