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Keyword: experiential learning

                 Kendall and Dr. Narayan

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                   Dr. Narayan and the moles

Students and faculty traveled to Orlando Florida for the Spring 2019 National Meeting and Expo of the American Chemical Society.  There, senior biochemistry major Kendall Quirk presented her work on the molecular modeling of potential anti HIV drugs that she completed with chemistry faculty member Dr. Sara Narayan. 

Sehlah Steminar April 2019

Senior biochem major Sehlah Butt spent her senior capstone last summer working in a Pakistani hospital. In an SOS STEMinar last week, she shared her experiences with faculty and fellow students and presented the direction she envisions for the future of Pakistani healthcare.

Biochemistry junior Olivia Apicella is spending 10 weeks of her summer vacation in the laboratory. This is Olivia's second independent research experience with Chemistry faculty member Dr. Will Harrell. She, along with chemistry majors Joe Kittelberger and Sarah Riggin are synthesizing tripheynyl methane derivatives that can serve as anion binder and transporter molecules. These transporters, if effective, can help with the fundamental buildup of chloride in the lung cells of patients with cystic fibrosis. Olivia has chosen to continue her work with Dr. Harrell because she had a lot of fun in her first independent research experience. The summer research experience is more in depth than what can happen during the semester, and students have opportunities to not only learn new lab skills, but to practice their oral presentation skills through weekly journal club meetings with other summer research students in the School of the Sciences.

The Stevenson Summer Scholars Research Program (S3RP ) is well underway in the Fine School of the Sciences. Dr. Tim Dwyer and Dr. Will Harrell are conducting research with multiple students this summer. Dr. Dwyer pictured above with his students, biochemistry majors Kristen Snitchler and Dyana Daniyarova  are working on the expression and purification of malate dehydrogenase protein in order to study its role in cancer growth and proliferation. 

(L-R): Ian Liyayi (Biochem '18); Delaney Patterson (Biochem '18); Destinie Burgan (Biotech '17); Karleigh Baldwin (Biology '19); and Anna Chippi (Biology '18)

The 82nd Intercollegiate Student Chemists Convention (ISCC) was held this Saturday at Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania. The ISCC is a long-running convention for undergraduate students in Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Maryland and Pennsylvania.  Several students presented their research in a 12 minute talk. The student presentations were all excellent, and first and second place awards were given for each of the four sections. Senior Biochemistry major Delaney Patterson, was awarded 2nd place in the organic chemistry section. Congratulations to all the students for a job well done!