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Chemistry and Biochemistry News

Student presenting

This summer, Biochemistry major Laura Gerrick was the Stevenson student chosen to participate in the Nathan Schaper Summer Intern Program.  This program is a 10 week summer internship doing cancer research at the University of Maryland.  Laura worked under the direction of Dr. Alexander Drohat studying DNA mismatch repair.  She presented the results of her summer work at the end of summer research symposium.  Several successful Biochemistry alumni got their start in this same internship program!

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!

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