Undergraduate News

McNair Scholars Present Research at Annual Poster Exhibition

Richmond Apore '19 (CLAS), a biological sciences major, with research mentor Alfredo Angeles-Boza, an assistant professor of chemistry, at the McNair Scholars Poster Session on July 25. The McNair program at UConn seeks to help low-income and first-generation students and those from underrepresented backgrounds prepare for graduate school and academic careers in STEM fields. (Christine Buckley/UConn Photo)
Richmond Apore ’19 (CLAS), a biological sciences major, with research mentor Alfredo Angeles-Boza, an assistant professor of chemistry, at the McNair Scholars Poster Session on July 25. The McNair program at UConn seeks to help low-income and first-generation students and those from underrepresented backgrounds prepare for graduate school and academic careers in STEM fields. (Christine Buckley/UConn Photo)

When Sarah Beckett Cleveland ’19 (CLAS), a biological sciences major, wanted to get involved in science research, she wasn’t sure she could make it work. She was financing her own education through academic-year jobs, and helping to support her mother in her hometown of Windsor.

But she heard about the McNair Scholars program for undergraduate research, and it opened up a door.

“The program seeks to put people like me, who might be funding their education on their own, or are a first-generation student, in a place where they can afford to have incredible experiences like this,” she says.

At the sixth annual McNair Scholars poster exhibition this week, 19 rising juniors and seniors from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the School of Engineering, and the College of Agriculture, Health, and Natural Resources presented the results so far of their summer research projects. The projects ranged from genetics and immunology to muscle physiology and an EEG-operated robot. Continue reading

Undergraduate Student Awards

AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY (ACS) AWARD

Presented to the top graduating senior.

Vincent Pistritto

 

ACS DIVISION OF ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY AWARD

Presented to a student who displays an aptitude for a career in Analytical Chemistry.

Lacie Dube

 

ACS DIVISION OF INORGANIC CHEMISTRY AWARD

Recognizing achievements by an undergraduate in organic chemistry pursuing a career in chemistry.

Vincent Pistritto

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Chemistry Students Elected to Phi Beta Kappa

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:

Halle Barber

Nicole Gomez

Mark Johnson

Aaron Cesar Lopes

Jessica Elena Ortegon

Ayushi Sanjay Pathak

Zachary Daniel Stempel

Taryn Briana Wisniewski

Joe Allen Zavorskas Jr.

UConn Chemistry REU Symposium 2017

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!

 

Emily Giantonio giving a presentationErick Ruzicka giving a presentationPatrick Kapilta giving a presentationKelly L. Krusyman giving a presentationDavid Schnable giving a presentationRebecca Ford giving a presentationCarly Mastriano giving a presentationShenghao Geng giving a presentationMark Johnson giving a presentation

Chemistry Faculty: Blazing a Trail for Open Source Textbooks

OpenStax Cover

The University of Connecticut has been expanding its efforts to provide open access resources, including open source textbooks, for student use.

Open source textbooks are educational resources published with an open licensing agreement. These textbooks are available for free online or in print with a minimal charge to cover the cost of printing the material. (The Daily Campus) Continue reading