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Chemistry and Science Faculty Lindsey Jones, Michelle Foss and Dawn Ward participated in the Ingenuity Project event that recently took place at the Brown Advisory building, where Dr. Ward served on a STEM careers panel. Stevenson is a sponsor of this program, which works to identify and provide advanced instruction for gifted students in grades 6-12 in the Baltimore City Public School system. The faculty attended the Innovators' Tea and had the opportunity to meet female students who are participating in the program at the high school level. There the students have the opportunity to network and make contacts with invited female professionals in STEM fields. 

This is a typical scene in the office of Dr. Will Harrell, who teaches Organic Chemistry. Students gather for office hours to receive supplemental instruction and help with the subject. Dr. Harrell is so welcoming, and sincerely concerned with student progress, that students feel comfortable coming for help whenever it is needed. These types of interactions and relationships between faculty and students are what make Stevenson special. 

Dr. Tracey Mason was awarded the Braude Award by the American Chemical Society Maryland Section last week. The Braude Award was established to recognize outstanding mentorship in undergraduate research. She gave a research talk titled "Trans-Isopropylamine triphenylphosphine diiodine platinum II: challenging the paradigm of cis-geometry in platinum chemotherapeutics" and was presented the award by chapter secretary Dr. Louise Hellwig.  Chemistry department faculty came to celebrate with Dr. Mason as well as many senior students. 

Dr. Ward and Anna are working up a reaction product. 

Morgan and Kourtney came over from Biochemistry to measure a reagent. 

Dr. Harrell and Jasmin are setting up a column 

The chemistry faculty and students are hard at work most afternoons in the shared research lab. Just across the hall, the biochemistry integrative lab is running, and students are in and out, selecting chemicals to use in their self-planned  research projects in that course.  All this activity  makes the lab a busy and collaborative space. When students are waiting for steps in their experiments to run, there are eight computer workstations where other course work can be completed. 

The chemistry department kicked off the school year with games and cookies last week to bring students and faculty together. There was fun and laughter as majors from all years came for a little down time. It's a great opportunity to meet and get to know your faculty on a more personal level. Cookies with Chemists meets every other Wednesday at 2 PM in Solve Center D. The next event is on September 13th. Hope to see you there! 

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