Chemistry and Biochemistry News

2023 Chemistry Graduate Nicole Bourne has started a position as a Laboratory Technician at Parexel in Baltimore. Parexel is an international Clinical Research organization, providing services to biopharmaceutical companies looking to develop new drugs. Baltimore is the location for their early phase clinics. Congratulations, Nicole on your new position!

Summer Science Scholars (S3RP) in Chemistry and Biochemistry, L-R: Riley Schap (biochem), MacKenzie Redding (biochem), and Tabytha McLaughlin (chem). Their projects, under the supervision of Dr. Matt Hudson, are described below.

Riley and Tabytha are attempting to synthesize and modify porous inorganic materials to make fluorescent marker molecules that can be used in forensic science applications. These application can be (1) latent fingerprint determination by interaction with fingerprint secretions or (2) in the evaluation and identification of gun shot residue (GSR) by reaction through either as a tracer in ammunition or in the sensing of post firing GSR.

MacKenzie is working on making edible and flexible porous materials frameworks that can be used to encapsulate drug molecules for more effective delivery than can be accomplished through traditional drug uptake.

The School of the Sciences is a busy hub of activity again, with 10 science and math majors working with faculty to conduct intensive independent research. The S3RP scholars are paid a stipend for their time spent this summer and gain invaluable research experience.

Tracey Mason and Courtney Parto spreading the word about SUO!

with Julia (Wikoff) Barker, Chem’10, Forensics ’11

with Kari (Norquist) Dodd, BT’14, Forensics ’15

with Kim Herscher Chem ’10, Forensics ’11

Dr. Mason attended the Mid-Atlantic Association of Forensics conference this week with SUO enrollment counselor Courtney Parto in order to spread the word about our online Master’s degrees in Forensic Science and Crime Scene investigation. What she didn’t expect was to see all the alums who have graduated from SUs undergraduate science and Master’s of Forensic Science programs!

Congratulations to our 2023 biochemistry and chemistry graduates! Just a few pictured here, Bisma, Dan, Dylan and Jen, but so many more walked across the stage. We are proud of all of you! The entire commencement ceremony can be viewed here.


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