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Several summer courses are being taught in the School of the Sciences in chemistry, biology and math. The courses run from June 5 until July 30 which still gives students a bit of a break before returning in the fall. General Chemistry I and II are being offered, and meet Monday through Thursday for lecture and have two three-hour lab periods per week. The new Manning Academic Center provides the ample classroom and laboratory space to allow for summer classes to run in parallel with other summer programs like Science Camp and Project Lead the Way. Taking summer classes at Stevenson, either in person or online, is a great way for students to get ahead or stay on track in their major and pay their tuition by the credit hour. An added bonus is summer courses often have a class size even smaller than our normal small class size. Pictured is Dr. Ward teaching General Chemistry II. 

Chemistry faculty attended the Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society last week where Drs. Burkett and Dwyer presented a pedagogical talk: "Using an Inquiry-based, research driven approach to design a cross-disciplinary laboratory course". Dr. Ivey served as a roundtable panelist on Computational Chemistry in the Undergraduate Curriculum: Present and Future, while the rest of the faculty attended sessions on innovations in undergraduate teaching or research talks in their discipline. The meeting was held at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey, PA, and the group enjoyed food and camraderie at the local Troegs Microbrewery. 

The Stevenson Summer Science Scholars Program (S3RP for short) has kicked off on the Owings Mills North Campus. Students complete 10-week intensive research or field internships under the direct guidance of a full-time SU Science Faculty member. These are competitive internships for which students can apply for the summer after their junior year. To be eligible for the program students: must be entering the 3rd or 4th year of their degree program, must have earned a 3.3 cumulative and major GPA, and students must complete an application package before the deadline. A selection committee then chooses the S3RP finalists. Pictured are some of the summer chemistry students with faculty mentor Dr. Will Harrell.

Several Chemistry faculty members participated in the week-long writing institute hosted by the Office of Sponsored Research and Programs  (OSPR) at the Gramercy Carriage house near the Greenspring Campus. Much progress was made on the preparation of a paper for submission to Journal of Chemical Education and much needed revision of organic laboratory course material. The institute is in its 9th year and was facilitated by Dr. Jenny Shanahan and Dr. Herb Childress. They provide guidance, advice and a critical eye during the writing process for all participants. 

The Beverly K. Fine School of the Sciences and Department of Chemistry are happy to announce the following chemistry (C) and biochemistry (B) students earned their bachelors degree in chemistry(C) or biochemistry (B) and many participated in the morning commencement ceremonies: Courtney Aceto (B), Kennedy Akwo (B) , John Backert (C), Kaylah Briscoe (B), Corinna Carter (C), Carli Castiglia (C), Julie Davenport (B), Theresa Davenport (B), Jan Donato (B), Amber Dwight (B), Blake Ford (C), Nick Hooke (C), Sade Lucas (B), Andrew Potter (C), Lexie Spertzel (C), Briana Winer (B) and Craig Winters (C). Congratulations graduates! 

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