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First Year Seminar is a required course for all incoming freshman at Stevenson. The course is designed to guide students in discovering their strengths and how those strengths fit in with their career goals. A sense of community is forged as students participate in a day of service with the university. Part of the class is just learning their way around campus, and designing their course plan for the next four years. Students take selfies around campus to show that they can locate necessary resources. Some students have a lot of fun with their photos as can be seen here.





If you missed the Cookies with Chemists hour, we will be having cookies, fun and games every other Monday afternoon at 2 PM in Solve room A (S124A in the MAC). Come meet your chemistry faculty and classmates in an informal atmosphere! In order that everyone can join in on the fun, we are adding a few additional Thursdays dates. Our next meet up is Thursday September 20th in Solve room A at 1 PM, followed by Monday, September 24th at the usual time. 

Morgan McCluskey Wirtz (Biochem '18) started this fall at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Pharmacy.  She's very excited to be in pharmacy school and is very glad that she chose VCU.  "I am currently taking ten classes varying from communications to organic chemistry to health care systems. I’m beginning to memorize a portion of the top 300 prescription drugs, which might be one of my favorite things so far." Morgan encourages others at SU interested in pharmacy to get a lot of experience in a pharmacy before applying to pharmacy school- it's really helping her a lot!  Morgan just participated in the White Coat Ceremony, receiving her white coat and taking the Oath of Pharmacy Students.  The Chemistry and Biochemistry faculty at Stevenson are so proud of Morgan!

Biochemistry senior, Karyn Yates worked this summer completing her Capstone at Callender Dermatology and Cosmetic Center in Glenn Dale, MD.  Some of her tasks as an intern were working with patient documents and understanding the clinical research studies.  "The two main studies that I have worked closely with are about Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia and Acne Vulgaris.  I also joined the research staff during their trainings for upcoming studies.  Even though I will miss the upcoming studies because I will be back in classes at Stevenson, the staff still wanted me to join the training sessions because they say I am a part of the team."

Prior to this internship, Karyn knew that she was interested in skin care, but she wasn't sure if she wanted to work with cosmetics or on the medical side of skin care.  "I hoped this internship would help clear up some of my questions for my career, and it has!  I now know that medical dermatology is exactly where I want to be."

Ashley Mills completed her Capstone internship this summer working with Lab Services at Stevenson University. She completed various tasks that included organizing, cleaning, and taking inventory of chemistry and biology lab spaces. In addition, she made media for the upcoming Fall 2018 semester biology classes and I helped with putting away newly ordered items in the correct places. Also, she assisted with prepping labs for our Project Lead the Way Program which took place this summer. Ashley is looking forward to a career in forensics and strongly believes that all lab experience will help her in the future in her career.  

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