AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY (ACS) AWARD
Presented to the top graduating senior.
ACS DIVISION OF ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY AWARD
Presented to a student who displays an aptitude for a career in Analytical Chemistry.
ACS DIVISION OF INORGANIC CHEMISTRY AWARD
Recognizing achievements by an undergraduate in organic chemistry pursuing a career in chemistry.
The following students in Chemistry have been elected to Phi Beta Kappa this year. Phi Beta Kappa is the nation’s oldest and most widely recognized honors society, celebrating achievement in the liberal arts and sciences. Congratulations to:
Aaron Cesar Lopes
Jessica Elena Ortegon
Ayushi Sanjay Pathak
Zachary Daniel Stempel
Taryn Briana Wisniewski
Joe Allen Zavorskas Jr.
Vincent Pistritto, a chemistry major and student working in Dr. Nicholas Leadbeater’s group has been awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. Vincent was also featured in CLAS with other members of the Class of 2018. Read More>>>
The Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program, funded via the National Science Foundation, allows undergraduate students the opportunity to spend their summer conducting research at a REU host institution. Students spend approximately 10 weeks working closely on a research project with faculty members and graduate students. Students will also have the opportunity to utilize the research equipment and facilities specific to the host site.
To culminate their experience, the REU participants in chemistry presented their summer-long projects in a symposium on August 2, 2017. Click through the slideshow below to get a taste of what they accomplished!
Sydney Scheirey and Joseph Gorecki, both rising Chemistry seniors, have been doing research abroad at Fudan University in Shanghai since May. In their down time, they have been able to see some of China’s famous landmarks – and shared some of their experiences with us!
The 2017 cohort of University Scholars has been selected. Among them, are Chemistry undergraduates Maneesh Koneru and Vincent Pistritto. Details about the students, their projects, and their advisory committees can be found on the University Scholar website.
Read more about University Scholars here >>>
By Gabriella Reggiano
The UConn Chemistry Club creates a space for undergraduates to discuss and learn about chemistry in a relaxed setting. The executive board consists of seven students: Christopher Chapman as President, Joshua Paolilo as Vice President, Farrell Brown as Secretary, Kevin Stein as Treasurer, Quinn Lacasse as Experiment Specialist, Julia Swanson as Event Coordinator, and Taylor Simao as Minister of Information. The officers decide upon a theme for each meeting that draws connections between chemistry, current events, an experiment, and a member activity. Recently, the Chem Club discussed the role of oxidation in violent reactions. Their experiment, adding a gummy bear to liquid potassium chlorate, involves the oxidation of sugar, which produces noise as well as a flame.
The Chemistry Club earned an Honorable Mention from the American Chemical Society (ACS) for their work last year. The executive board submits an annual report that includes a description of each meeting held as well as additional details about community service, green chemistry, professional development, and outreach activities. The ACS then evaluates the club on whether they met their goals, in addition to the quality and quantity of all the services they provide to the UConn community. In this year’s report, ACS specifically highlighted the Chemistry Club’s ability to create engaging and informative meetings. “The best way to retain members is to make the meetings both interesting and relevant – and it seems that you did just that. It is impressive that you combined fun and learning at your meetings.” Continue reading