Undergraduate News

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

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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

Considering Graduate School

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Dr. José Gascón

Associate Professor & 

Chair, Graduate Admissions Committee

Because graduate application season is upon us, we interviewed Dr. José Gascón, Chair of the UConn Chemistry Graduate Admissions Committee, to gain insight into the application and decision process.

What advice do you have for freshman and sophomores who are considering graduate school?

If you had some research experience and you enjoyed trying to solve a scientific question, then you will enjoy graduate school. If that is the case, then I would advise spending some time looking up the research that is being conducted within your choice of schools.

What are the top three traits/experiences you look for in an applicant?

In no particular order: transcripts and GPA, research or internship experience, letters of reference.

How do GRE scores and publications factor into your decision making process?

In my personal opinion, GRE scores are not a deal breaker and they only compliment other more important credential aspects (i.e. GPA, research experience, and letters). Publications are highly regarded if students have them, but their absence is not considered negative.

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