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Chemistry and Biochemistry News

Tom Adle is really enjoying his freshman year at SU.  He chose biochemistry as his major, because it combines the chemistry and biology foundation needed for his career plans of being a pharmacist.  In his free time, Tom likes caving and rock climbing with friends.  Over the winter break, he climbed Pinnacle on the Appalachian Trail and explored Twiggs Cave in Western Maryland.  While in school, he keeps up his hobby climbing at Earth Treks.

Chemistry junior, Ryan Drazenovic, has found that he loves research.  In the fall, Ryan started his first research experience, working with Dr. Jason Sonnenberg, on computational research.  He is excited to be able to share the results of his research at the American Chemical Society meeting in Denver next month.  In the summer, Ryan will be expanding his research experience by spending time in the lab with Dr. Tim Dwyer, studying a biochemistry project as part of the Summer Science Scholars' Program (S3RP).  In addition, Ryan is already deciding which faculty member he wants to work with in his senior year!  Ryan is a student in our BS/MS program in chemistry/forensic sciences.  He looks forward to combining his love of research with forensics towards a career in forensics research! 

Congratulations to our new Gamma Sigma Epsilon Chemistry Honor Society inductees!  The ceremony was led by faculty advisor, Dr. Tim Dwyer, and took place in front of an audience of fellow students, family members and faculty.  The inducted students have each taken a minimum of five chemistry courses and have high grades in their chemistry, science and general classes.  We're very proud of our students' accomplishments!

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!  

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