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Chemistry Majors Gain Research Experience at NSF-Funded REU Sites

Four Sewanee Chemistry majors completed research projects this summer at Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) sites. Over the 9-10 week programs, students worked closely with faculty, graduate students, and other researchers at universities across the United States. In addition to gaining valuable research experience and the opportunity to learn about graduate school life, REU participants attend professional development seminars and discussion groups. The REU program is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Danielle Hendon‌Dannielle Hendon (C’17) carried out research as an REU participant in the Polymers division of the Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering at Case Western Reserve University. Danielle worked with Dr. Gary Wnek and Anne Walker on a project exploring new routes to photocrosslinking poly(acrylic acid).

Lauren Petrosh (C’16) was a REU:Chemistry participant at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). Lauren worked in the research lab of Dr. Eric Dodds in the Department ofLauren Petrosh Chemistry at UNL. Her project focused on discrimination of carbohydrate isomers as transition metal adducts using ion mobility spectrometry and tandem mass spectrometry.

Henry PersonHenry Person (C’17) conducted research with Dr. John T. Groves in the Department of Chemistry at Princeton University. Henry’s project was working toward an optimal preparation of a Heme-thiolate Protein from Marasmius rotula. The REU in Molecular Biophysics at Princeton was directed by Professors Jannette Carey and István Pelczer.

Tia Strickland (C’16) participated in the Sensors and Sensing: From Molecules to Applications REU program at Florida International University. Tia worked in the environmentalTia Strickland analysis research lab of Dr. Peiro Gardinali in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at FIU. Her project investigated plant uptake of commonly prescribed pharmaceuticals and Splenda© in reclaim water by Water Lettuce (Pistia stratiotes).