Chemistry and Biochemistry News

Biochemistry senior, Chris Toth (top picture, third from right) did what he usually does on Spring Break- he headed to New Orleans to help out! Chris was one of 37 Stevenson students who traveled to New Orleans as part of the SU club, Mission: I’m Home. The club partnered with Habitat for Humanity and with the Saint Bernard Project in order to rebuild homes or build new homes in response to the destruction from Hurricane Katrina.

The site that Chris worked on was an opportunity house, which is a new home built for a resident of New Orleans to move into after being displaced. Chris worked on insulating the house (bottom picture) and hanging new drywall throughout the home.

What an amazing experience and a wonderful opportunity to help others!

Everyone continues to have a great time at the ACS meeting in San Diego. The students presented a demonstration of one of the SU chemical experiments. They were joined by the ACS student club from Puerto Rico. It was exciting meeting new people and sharing experiences!

Students and faculty report that they are having an amazing time at the National ACS Meeting in San Diego- learning, meeting scientists and networking. The SU Club won its award (top picture) and students have been presenting their research posters (pictures above). Everyone from SU enjoyed a meal with Dr. Jim Damewood, Chemistry Advisory Board member (bottom picture).

Six chemistry and biochemistry students and 2 faculty members are on their way to San Diego for the National American Chemical Society Meeting. The students are presenting posters of their chemistry research projects. In addition, the American Chemical Society Club (ACS) will receive an award, for the third year in a row, for being an overall great club! Everyone is looking forward to attending scientific talks, meeting friends and colleagues, and networking!

The Geraldine and Sam Dell Scholarship for Excellence and Character in the Sciences was established in 2012 by Sam and Geraldine Dell, in order to recognize and encourage science and math students in the School of the Sciences. Each year, a rising senior in the School of the Sciences is selected for the Dell Scholarship. The student chosen is one who consistently achieves excellence through a strong work ethic and sense of integrity, demonstrates an exceptional ability to work in teams and contributes to the personal and professional development of team members, and shows an appreciation for cultural diversity. Congratulations to junior chemistry major Blake Ford, who was honored as the 2016-17 Dell Scholarship recipient at the annual Dell Lecture. Blake is shown above with SU President, Dr. Kevin Manning, and Mr. Sam Dell.