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Mandi Sheroke, who graduated with her BS in Chemistry in May, has joined the School of the Sciences as a GA for the Chemistry Department. Mandi is in the BS/MS program and will receive her Master's in Forensic Science in May 2015. As a GA, Mandi will help out in many ways: helping students with job searches and resume preparation, doing officework, helping with recruiting events, and being available to pitch in wherever else her help is needed. In return, Mandi's tuition is paid for and she receives a stipend each semester.  

Mandi said, "I'm so excited to be a GA for the Chemistry Department. I loved SU as an undergraduate and I'm happy to give back to my department in whatever way I can!"

Chemistry senior Andrew McGregor attended an SU Career Event and found himself an amazing summer opportunity! Andrew was one of the few undergraduate students chosen this summer to work as a Fellow in the Baltimore City Mayor's Office. He worked at the Department of Public Works determining ways to increase the recycling rate across Baltimore City.

To do this, he studied what percentage of people recycle along each city truck route and investigated how 40 other cities across the US encourage recycling. At the end of the summer, Andrew presented his plan to Baltimore City leaders.

During the summer, Andrew learned and practiced many skills which will be pertinent to his future successes- networking, comminication, negotiation and presenting skills. What a great summer he had!  

The annual SU Welcome Picnic provides all students, especially freshmen and transfer students, the opportunity to learn about and sign up to join the many clubs and organizations on campus. The American Chemical Society (ACS) Club and the Forensics (FSCI) Club both had tables at this event and club representatives were excited to talk about the activities the clubs have planned for the year.

ACS club officers, Shelby Litz (chemistry senior) and Michele Collingsworth (biochemistry junior), shared information about the upcoming faculty-staff softball game and the annual Chemistry Magic Show.

FSCI club officer, Ryan Drazenovic (chemistry junior), talked about CSI nights and crime scene activities.  Both clubs are very active on campus and students have fun socializing and learning at their events!

At the start of the semester, all chemistry and biochemistry students were invited to visit Dr. Ellen Roskes' office to say hi and talk about their summers.  These three students, Mandi Sheroke, Mike Skaro and Morgan McCluskey-Wirtz all stopped by at the same time and enjoyed sharing their summer experiences with each other.

From studying for the MCATs to completing a research project at the University of Maryland School of Medicine on vaccine development to playing golf and preparing for her freshman year at SU, everyone kept busy and enjoyed the summer. All three were excited to start the school year with classes, research and extracurricular activities!

Biochemistry junior Alicia Greene spent the summer at the Nathan Schnaper Summer Intern Program (NSIP) in Cancer Research at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She worked under the direction of UM faculty member, Dr. Arnob Banerjee, studying T-cells. She had an amazing summer working on her project, "STAT5 Activation and ATM Expression in T-cell Lines" and plans to use all the information, skills and experience she gained as she continues towards her career goal towards becoming a physician.

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