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Chemistry and Biochemistry News

(L-R): Ian Liyayi (Biochem '18); Delaney Patterson (Biochem '18); Destinie Burgan (Biotech '17); Karleigh Baldwin (Biology '19); and Anna Chippi (Biology '18)

The 82nd Intercollegiate Student Chemists Convention (ISCC) was held this Saturday at Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania. The ISCC is a long-running convention for undergraduate students in Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Maryland and Pennsylvania.  Several students presented their research in a 12 minute talk. The student presentations were all excellent, and first and second place awards were given for each of the four sections. Senior Biochemistry major Delaney Patterson, was awarded 2nd place in the organic chemistry section. Congratulations to all the students for a job well done! 

Several chemistry faculty and students presented at the Paul Lack Scholar's Showcase last week. It is an opportunity for faculty and students  to share progress with the Stevenson Community. 

Drs Dwyer and Burkett reported on their approach to teaching the Biochemistry Integrated Lab

Dr. Narayan shared the results of her computational chemistry work

Dr. Mason share the progress she's been making characterizing a new chemotherapeutic

Students Hayley Chapman and Stephen Ferrara presented their original proposal from their Honors Chemistry Class 

                                                         

 

Chemistry senior Lindsay Most completed her capstone last fall at Friends Medical Laboratory. She is still working there, with a standing invitation to join the team full time when she completes her education.  She had the following to say about her experience:

From day one, I was given a list of tasks, shadowed supervisors and laboratory technicians to learn the ropes, and then was in charge of running the samples efficiently and correctly in the TLC unit to produce reliable results. In the GC/LC unit, I was responsible for extracting drugs from patient samples using standard operating procedures for solid phase extraction and by observing fellow technicians. I handled hazardous materials such as fentanyl calibrators, and prepared batches of samples for extractions and injection for liquid chromatography. I was able to apply my chemistry knowledge and laboratory skills gained at Stevenson University in a professional laboratory setting, in order to excel in the TLC and GC/LC unit. By working on an individually assigned fentanyl project, I was able to analyze data and determine additional steps that would yield in greater, more accurate results.

The experience gained from Stevenson and this capstone experience allowed me to become employed and to pursue a career path that I have been considering for a long time, which is drug analysis. While I am still determining whether to pursue a passion for ballistics analysis, I know that I am comfortable with and thoroughly enjoy identifying illicit drugs in patient samples and that I really enjoy using liquid chromatography and analyzing data, all thanks to this fantastic opportunity.”

 

Biochemistry (BS'17) graduate Courtney Aceto visited juniors and seniors in class this week. The course, taught by Dr. Ward,  is Career Development in Chemistry, a course designed to help students get that first job: polishing up their resume, prepare for their first interview, writing that personal statement for graduate school, or exploring non-traditional careers in chemistry and biochemistry. Today Courtney came to talk to students about her path and to offer advice. Courtney's story was recently featured in the Chemistry blog. The course, now in its second year, is highly praised by students, and it gave them the edge they needed. 100 % of the seniors who took the course in Spring 2017 had a major-related job withing 6 months of graduation.

PKAL, or Project Kaleidoscope is a program sponsored by the Association of American Colleges and Universities designed to empower STEM faculty in order to grow the number of graduates in the STEM fields. This year's PKAL Regional Network conference was hosted by Stevenson's Fine School of the Sciences and several chemistry faculty members attended and presented at the one day conference held over spring break. The theme of the conference was Cultural Responsiveness in Fulfilling the Mission of Preparing a Global STEM Workforce. Dr. Dwyer and Dr. Burkett presented and Dr. Ward served as a panel moderator.

 
 
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