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For years the Chemistry Department has provided a buffet of opportunities outside the classroom for its students, with more than 50 conducting full-time, paid research each of the past eight summers.
Nick Benish, Chad Hewitt, Francesca Ippoliti and Joe Jaye presented posters describing their research April 25.
This week's notes feature faculty Mary Ann Brenden, Mark DelCogliano, Massimo Faggioli, Sarah Ferguson, Amy Finnegan, Eric Fort, Mike Klein, Robert Koerpel, Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer, Shirley Polejewski, Jim Rogers, Gerald Schlabach, Sister Katarina Schuth, AnnMarie Thomas, Jessica Toft, Father (professor emeritus) David Whitten Smith, Carey Winkler and Kari Zimmerman; and students Tim Stammeyer and Jade Schleif.
Senior Cecilia Gentle spent 10 weeks in Perugia, Italy, last summer studying quantum dots, tiny crystals that glow when exposed to light, for use in solar cells.
This week's notes feature faculty Bernard Brady, Tony Borgerding, Eric Fort, Marites Guino-o, Shersten Johnson, Gary Mabbott, Mark Neuzil, Bill Ojala, Mark Stansbury-O'Donnell, AnnMarie Thomas, Lisa Waldner and Meg Wilkes Karraker; staff Tim Dohmen, Becky Durham, Sarah Huesing and Jennifer Rogers; students Maya Audi, Nicholas Brinza, Jaya Dhami, Sam Dennert, Benjamin Gelinas, Joe Jaye, Kara Kassekert, Lucas Keehr, Daniel Kremer, Maggie Malone-Povolny, Grant McCormick, Meghan Talbot, Brianna Vickerman and Alison Yang; and alumni Jaclyn Fermanich, Kendra Lystad, Emilee Sirek, Jonathan Smiej and Victoria Speake.
This week's notes feature faculty Corinne Carvalho, Massimo Faggioli, Anne Klejment, Mark McInroy, Manjeet Rege, Angela Senander, Gary Voegele and Christian Washburn; and School of Social Work students Shanea Turner Smith and Elisabeth Wells, and a host of award-winning students from the 2014 Chemistry and Biochemistry Banquet.
Wammer was honored for her outstanding commitment to supporting undergraduate research and faculty-student collaboration.
This week's notes feature faculty Anne Klejment, Dalma Martinovic-Weigelt, Lisa Prevette, Manjeet Rege, Christian Washburn, John Wendt and Reid Zimmerman; staff Carol Peterfeso and James Rogers; and students Katie Boyd, Emily Cabel, Jackie Heitzman, Caitlin Kielblock, Lauren McGovern, Kirsten Muller, Megan Tappe and undergraduate students from the Geography Department.
Cecilia Gentle and Sarah Millholland were awarded scholarships, and Erik Sathe was granted an honorable mention by the prestigious and competitive program.
This week's notes feature faculty and staff Lisa Montpetit Brabbit, Bernard Brady, Massimo Faggioli, Tanya Gladney, Marites Guino-o, J. Thomas Ippoliti, William Kinney, Mike Klein, Anne Klejment, John Martens, Terence Nichols, William Ojala, Lisa Prevette, James Rogers, Gerald Schlabach, Mark Stansbury-O'Donnell, Lisa Waldner and Robert Werner; alumna Jynette Larshus; and students from the Chemistry Department.
Dr. Geoffrey Coates will discuss plastics that have reduced environmental impacts.
Sam Jensen and Julie Rech will represent St. Thomas at the event, which will be held in the state Capitol's rotunda.
Chemistry professor Kristine Wammer studies the effects of pharmaceuticals in the environment. "I am a 'farm kid.' I grew up on a corn and soybean farm in southern Minnesota that truly was the middle of nowhere, with the nearest town (Butternut) having a population that hovered around a dozen. Having no kids nearby meant that my brother Todd and I had to come up with creative – if slightly dangerous – ways to entertain ourselves."
Most weekdays last summer Grant Schmura and David Houserman left the biology lab around noon and drove to Lake Judy in Shoreview, Minn. Before each of those days was done they would spend five hours gathering and tracking painted turtles.
The Grand Rapids, Minn, native got his start in chemistry at St. Thomas four years ago, but what lies ahead now is five years of studies at the University of Wisconsin, a couple of years at a high-level research lab, and then perhaps an academic or industrial research position.
Nick Serratore points a small flashlight at the counter in an Owens Science Hall chemistry lab and thumbs the "on" button with his right hand. Nothing happens.
The Summer Undergraduate Research Program is Growing Explosively