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Chemistry and Biochemistry News

Many alumni participated in Scholars' Day to share their experiences with prospective freshmen.  They were excited to return to represent their departments and to see friends, faculty and other alunni.  Three alumni, Ryan Krempel, who is starting Dental School at the University of Maryland in the fall, Amanda Slonaker (center), currently pursuing her Masters of Arts in Teaching Chemistry in Stevenson's new graduate program, and Jenn Kurek (right), currently teaching chemistry in a high school in Howard County, posed for a picture with Chemistry faculty member, Dr. Tracey Mason.

Prospective students visited campus on Saturday to learn about our science and math programs at SU.  They were given the opportunity to participate in a laboratory experience, learning how potato enzymes work using spectroscopic techniques, or participating in a fingerprinting exercise; to learn about the department, the faculty, and the exciting programs and courses we offer; and to visit a fair with tables showcasing our clubs, our alumni and our majors.  Students and their parents had a chance to ask questions and see what the School of the Sciences at SU is all about!  

Mercedes Vilasoa is currently traveling in Europe to celebrate her graduation in December with her BS in Chemistry.  She is visiting her cousin who is studying abroad in France for the year.  She will then travel to Spain to see additional family members.  Mercedes is looking forward to starting pharmacy school this fall.  So far, she has been accepted to three pharmacy schools and looks forward to choosing which offer to accept! 

In the first Organic Chemistry II lab of the semester, students separated a mixture of two compounds, ferrocene and acetylferrocene, using column chromatography. In the pictures shown above, the students are testing the purity of their compounds by finding the melting points.  When asked about their first experiment of the semester, students responded that they really enjoyed it! One student said, “I enjoyed that this experiment incorporated techniques from one of my favorite experiments from last semester, Thin Layer Chromatography.”

One way for students to stay on top of things during the semester is to attend SoLVE sessions. SoLVE, Solutions for Learning and Vibrant Education, gives students the chance to work through practice problems with a small group to facilitate deep thought and independent learning. SoLVE sessions are offered in many introductory courses.  In these photos, Mrs. Lisa Fridman and junior biochemistry major, Robert Chen, facilitate a session in Organic Chemistry I.

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