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Chemistry senior Heather Drake is conducting research this semester with Dr. Tim Dwyer. Heather is studying the kinetics of two malate dehydrogenase enzymes, MDH1 and MDH2....Click here to read more.

The Department of Chemistry is very excited to start the 2015-2016 year! The start of a new academic year always brings wonderful energy and excitement to campus. It also gives us a fresh start with new programs, ideas, and plans....Click here to read more.

Biochemistry senior, Tiffany Kahl, is an intern at CVS Pharmacy this summer.  She has learned how to assist patients with all aspects of their prescriptions.  Tiffany loves her internship because "I love that everyone at my internship site is so understanding and helpful of me being the new person and are always willing to help me with whatever the situation is. I love helping patients and making them smile and have a satisfying trip to their pharmacy! I also really enjoy learning all the different medications and counting the appropriate quantities to dispense to the patients. My internship fits my career plans perfectly because I want to ultimately be a pharmacist. Working in a retail pharmacy is giving me a lot of experience to watch the pharmacist and become familiar with all the important aspects of working within the pharmacy!"

This summer, Biochemistry sophomore, Kayla Bynion, is an intern at the Johns Hopkins Neurosurgery Clinic.  Here's what she shared: "I am working with renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa, or as most people like to call him, Dr. Q. There is so much to love about this incredible opportunity. I have been able to see all aspects of what it is really like to work in a hospital. I have helped to schedule appointments and various tests for patients, shadowed some of Dr. Q’s clinicals, and most recently, I was able to assist with multiple pre-ops and scrub in to observe several brain surgeries. Dr. Q has taught me so much about not only the clinical work of a doctor, but also how to interact with patients and other valuable life skills which will help me as I advance in my education.  I have loved every minute of my experience and it has helped me decide that I really do want to pursue a career in medicine."

Each semester, our senior science and math students enroll in their Capstone course. This course allows the seniors to engage in an internship or research experience related to their career goals. For examples, students interested in attending pharmacy school work in a pharmacy or conduct pharmaceutical research and students interested in pursuing a career in the chemical industry are placed in a chemical company. These experiences give our students real world opportunities that are invaluable in their future career plans.  

At the culmination of the Capstone course, each student prepares a poster using the format of a professional scientific meeting. At the end of each semester, the School of the Sciences hosts a Poster Session. The senior students discuss their Capstone experiences with the Stevenson Community and invited guests. Everyone was impressed with our students' knowledge and poise in discussing their internships and research projects!

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