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Chemistry and Biochemistry News

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.

student presenting her poster

For her capstone experience, Senior Biochemistry major, Rachel Grewette, was selected to participate in the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program at Michigan State University. Under the guidance of several graduate students and professors, she performed experiments in organic synthesis and cell culture. Here's how she described her summer:  "It was a great experience overall!  Since I had the opportunity to work with different people in the lab, I've been learning a lot. Everyone in the lab is great and always willing to go out of their way to help and teach me new things. The program also holds weekly seminars for students thinking about going to graduate school, which have been very helpful to me throughout the program."  Rachel is shown here presenting her research at the 2019 Mid-Michigan Symposium for Undergraduate Research Experiences.

student with sign

This summer, senior biochemistry major, Alex Abramson is working at Northwest Hospital as an Emergency Department (ED) scribe. First she took a training course and is now working as a scribe.  She is excited to be able to learn more about emergency medicine and to take a more in depth look into how an ED works. In Alex's own words, "I am pursuing a career in osteopathic medicine, so I know that as a medical scribe it will be advantageous to me in the future when I attend D.O. school." 

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!

Athena building

This summer, senior Kristin Turner is working as a research and development intern at Athena Enzyme Systems (building in picture above). She reports, "Currently I am working on a cloning project with an enzyme called Chitinase. It is an early project and a lot still needs to be worked out in order to go further, but I enjoy being here every day. Being able to have hands-on research and lab experience will help me in the future, because I want to work in a lab as a career. I love being handed a problem and trying to solve it, but also having someone here I can lean on for help when needed. I feel like I have freedom here to be able to use my mind in the way I feel works best for me, and being able to see results in my work. So far, I have been able to use my knowledge in PCR amplification and running gels in order to get the starting information needed for my cloning project. Everything has been running smoothly and efficiently for the first couple of weeks of my internship."

 
 
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