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Austin Ikein has always expressed an interest in attending pharmacy school after graduation from SU.  He is very excited to be admitted to Howard University School of Pharmacy and will start there in August.  Austin credits his success in getting admitted to the Howard to his Capstone internship.  Austin worked at Giant Pharmacy and gained valuable experience.  He was then able to describe his experiences in the pharmacy during his pharmacy school interviews.  Congratulations Austin!  We're really excited for you.

Last summer, biochemistry junior Michele Collingsworth did research focused on fin whale calls detected in the waters off of North Carolina under the direction of Dr. Lynn Hodge.  Michele examined the rate at which fin whales produced two specific call types throughout the breeding season, as changes in production rate during this time might convey information on reproductive status. Michele presented her research at the 2015 Southeast and Mid-Atlantic Marine Mammal Symposium (SEAMAMMS) will just took place in Virginia Beach, VA.  This conference is a regional, student-oriented, scientific marine mammal meeting and Michele loved and benefitted from her experience.  Her trip was funded by the School of the Sciences.


In addition to winning the student chapter award and all the various scientific presentations, students and faculty found time for some fun as well!

Faculty and students from SU were excited to participate in the ACS National Meeting in Denver.  This conference drew nearly 14,000 chemists, and more than 10,000 scientific papers were presented.  SU faculty and staff gave oral presentations and poster presentations on a wide variety of research projects including biochemistry, computational chemistry, cancer research, environmental chemistry and synthetic organic chemistry.  Everyone had an amazing time at the meeting. Special thanks to the School of the Sciences and the SU Faculty Development Fund for funding this trip for all 17 participants!

Chemistry junior, Ryan Drazenovic, has found that he loves research.  In the fall, Ryan started his first research experience, working with Dr. Jason Sonnenberg, on computational research.  He is excited to be able to share the results of his research at the American Chemical Society meeting in Denver next month.  In the summer, Ryan will be expanding his research experience by spending time in the lab with Dr. Tim Dwyer, studying a biochemistry project as part of the Summer Science Scholars' Program (S3RP).  In addition, Ryan is already deciding which faculty member he wants to work with in his senior year!  Ryan is a student in our BS/MS program in chemistry/forensic sciences.  He looks forward to combining his love of research with forensics towards a career in forensics research! 

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