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summer researchers

Our summer research program concluded with a day of research talks as our students presented their summer research projects to peers and Stevenson faculty and staff.  It was a wonderful day and summer for all of the S3RP research students and their faculty mentors.

research group

This summer, senior Chemistry major, Nathaniel Espey (second from right in back) is participating in an REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) at Virginia Commonwealth University. Here's an update directly from Nathaniel:

This summer I am working in the Lucas Laboratory for research in Bio-inorganic Chemistry.  I will be synthesizing and characterizing two complexes, [Ni(12-DOB)] and [Ni(13-DOB-Cl)], which are derivatives the amphoteric [Ni(13-DOB)] varying in ring size and electron withdrawing substituents.  My research is synthetically heavy, but aligns very well with what I have had success with in the past at the University.  I am finding research to be incredibly rewarding thus far, and plan to use this experience in making a graduate school decision somewhere in the field of Organic Chemistry.  What I have most enjoyed is the joint effort aspect of working in a research lab.  When I get a puzzling result, or have ideas about a procedure, I can always share them with my mentor, Ashley Forney, or other members of the lab to get more insight and more knowledge.  We are all working together toward the same goal and we all revel in each others successes!

Student in front of Smith Detection

This summer, chemistry senior, Joe Kittelberger, is completing his Capstone internship at Smiths Detection.  This company, located in Edgewood, MD, works on the application, management and manufacture of detection and screening technology. Currently, Joe is getting experience with analyzing the plasma gram data from an ion mobility spectrometer, an instrument that is used by TSA to detect trace amounts of explosives and narcotics at airports.  Once he's familiar with the instrument, Joe's project this summer is to look at false alarms that occur with the IONSCAN 600 in Narcotics Mode.   Joe is really enjoying his internship and is excited about all he is learning!

performing experiment

crowning of Miss Virginia

Each fall, our ACS Club performs the annual Chemistry Magic Show to the delight of a packed audience of students and faculty.  One of the favorite experiments is Elephant's Toothpaste.  This chemistry experiment involves the decomposition of hydrogen peroxide resulting in a colorful display of foam.  Food coloring creates fun colors and rainbows.  In Virginia, at the end of June, Camille Shrier, a 24 year old biochemist who is pursuing her Doctorate of Pharmacy Degree at Virginia Commonwealth University, performed this same experiment as her talent portion of the Miss Virginia competition and won!  She will now proceed to the Miss America competition.

student at internship

pharmacy workplace

For his Capstone internship this summer, senior Chemistry major, Miguel Hernandez, is working at Johns Hopkins Hospital in the Adult Inpatient Pharmacy Division. During this internship, he will be able to shadow different pharmacists throughout the hospital, as well as work on a summer-long project. With his project, Miguel will examine Adult Inpatient Pharmacy's medication histories to characterize the performance of the program, as well as to identify any areas for improvement. Miguel is really enjoying his internship. He has wanted to pursue a career in pharmacy since high school.  Miguel is looking to get some inpatient pharmacy experience and also to learn if he wants to combine his love of pharmacy with research, something he has enjoyed doing in the department over the past year.  

 
 
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