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Chemistry and Biochemistry News

Meghann Hefner

Biochemistry (BS'19) alum Meghann Hefner recently accepted a position as a Beverage Application Technician at McCormick Spice Company. During her summer senior capstone internship, Meghann worked as a Quality Assurance Intern at Medifast,  a nutrition and weight loss company based in Baltimore. She completed more than 300 hours at her internship and during the course the subsequent fall semester, wrote a substantive paper about the most current research on the issue of artificial sweeteners and the effects on metabolism. This paper was supported by a professional poster that she presented at the semi-annual School of the Sciences poster session. In addition to her work at Medifast, Meghann performed independent biochemistry research, synthesizing and purifying MDH protein for use in protocols to study its role in cancer chemotherapy. Before this position, Meghann has been employed elsewhere in the flavoring industry, but is excited to transition to McCormick.  She hopes to pursue a Master's in food science while an employee at McCormick. Congratulations Meghann on landing your dream job! 

Cookies with Chemists Logo


Cookies with Chemists is a popular event in the Chemistry Department where students and faculty get together and play games, eat cookies and unplug. It is so popular that the group created a logo and are offering T-shirts for sale! Follow this link to order a shirt until February 27th. Gift one to your favorite student, just let us know who it's for in the order form, and we'll make sure they get it! 

alum in white coat

alum diploma

Warmest congratulations to Chris Toth (BS Biochem '16) on receiving his Masters in Biomedical Sciences Physician Assistant from the University of Toledo!  Chris' plans are to "return to Maryland and deliver care to this wonderful community!" When asked how his degree at Stevenson prepared him, he said "Stevenson prepared me for PA school by providing a strong, supportive and challenging curriculum forming my biological sciences foundation. The personal, professional advising I received provided the framework I needed to achieve my goals and ultimately end up in my dream career."

We're so excited for him on this wonderful accomplishment! 

Dr. Dawn Ward

Chemistry faculty member Dr. Dawn Ward (second from left) participated in a career panel during the opening Faculty In-Service in January. The session was geared toward incorporating career-discovery practices into curriculum at the course level. Dr. Ward developed a one credit junior/senior level course for Chemistry and Biochemistry majors called Career Connections in Chemistry. This course helps students prepare for either in career or graduate pursuits after Stevenson. 

Waterfall Ecuador 2020

Students in Ecuador 2020


Another successful Herbal Medicines and Remedies 2020 Winterim course has finished and the students are headed back to Baltimore. During their time in Ecuador, students learned about the indigenous medicines of the region through various excursions to Botanical Gardens, Ecological Reserves, and indigenous clinics and hospitals. They learned about one of Ecuador's main exports, chocolate, at the Chicao cocoa farm. In all it was a fabulous trip led by chemistry faculty member Dr. Tim Dwyer. For more pictures and videos, visit the SOS Facebook page or SOS Instagram

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