On July 17 the 3M Auditorium at UST was filled with slightly more than 100 chemistry and biochemistry students from six local colleges and universities, as undergraduate researchers gathered for the annual Research in Chemistry Summer Symposium. The gathering also included 28 faculty from St. Thomas, Hamline, Macalester, St. Catherine, Augsburg, and Bethel. About half of the students attending and 11 of the faculty attending the symposium were from St. Thomas.
While the Research in Chemistry Summer Symposium has been an annual event for more than 20 years, the event this year at UST not only set an attendance record, but also included, for the first time, oral presentations by a student at each of the six participating institutions. The UST Chemistry Department was represented in the oral sessions by senior biochemistry major Kristin Braden. Kristin has spent three summers working in the laboratory of Dr. Lisa Prevette. The title of Kristin’s presentation was "Charge Density and Stereochemistry Affect the Interaction of G5 PAMAM Dendrimer with Glycosaminoglycans."
The symposium included two oral presentation sections as well as two poster presentation sections. In all, there were six oral presentations and 30 poster presentations by undergraduate chemistry researchers. Each of the 11 research groups of UST chemistry faculty presented a poster highlighting research activities in that group.
Between the four presentation sections, lunch was served to all 130 attendees of this great event. An ice-cream social hour following the final oral presentation section capped off the day and provided opportunities for students and faculty to mingle.
The 2014 Research in Chemistry Summer Symposium will be held at St. Catherine University.