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 Some Examples of How Monmouth Chemistry and Biochemistry Students Spend Their Summer Vacations

 

 

Summer 2012:

Brett Dunn,  junior Biochemistry major, spent the summer at Monmouth College

 

Jacob Hutton, junior Chemistry/Biochemistry major, spent the summer working with at Monmouth College

 

Alexander Peacock,  junior Chemistry major, spent the summer at Monmouth College

 

Patrick Corrigan, senior Chemistry/Biochemistry major, spent the summer at Monmouth College

 

Kelsey Barnes, junior Chemistry/Biochemistry major, spent the summer working with at

 

Jake Nysather, senior Chemistry/Biochemistry major, spent the summer working with at Monmouth College

 

Kortney Rupp,  junior Chemistry major, spent the summer at Abbott Laboratories

 

Summer 2011:

Kortney Rupp,  sophomore Chemistry major, spent the summer at Monmouth College

 

Danielle Kita, senior Chemistry/Biochemistry major, spent the summer working  at Monmouth College

 

Jesse Reedy,  senior Chemistry major, spent the summer at Monmouth College

 

Samantha Seeman,  junior Chemistry/Biochemistry major, spent the summer at Monmouth College

 

Patrick Corrigan, senior Chemistry/Biochemistry major, spent the summer working at

 

Andrew Wright, senior Chemistry/Biochemistry major, spent the summer working at University of Iowa

 

 

Summer 2010:

Angie Morris,  junior Chemistry major, spent the summer at Abbott Laboratories

 

Holly Morris, junior Chemistry major, spent the summer working with at Monmouth College

 

Ben Battenburg,  junior Biochemistry major, spent the summer at the Medical College of  Wisconsin.

 

Alyson Schroeter, junior Biochemistry major, spent the summer at the Medical College of  Wisconsin.

 

Charrina Crawford, junior Chemistry major, spent the summer working with at Monmouth College

 

Dominic Savino, junior Chemistry major, spent the summer working with at Monmouth College

 

 

Summer 2009:

Sara Wenzel,  junior Chemistry major/Math minor, spent the summer at the University of Kansas

 

Om Kumar Shrestha, junior Chemistry/Biochemistry major, spent the summer investigating Biofuels at the University of Wisconsin.

 

Summer 2008:

 

Sara Wenzel, sophomore Chemistry major/Math minor, spent the summer at the University of Minnesota working on computer simulations. More specifically Sara used configurational-bias Monte Carlo techniques to simulate linear alkane mixtures on a gold surface.

 

Noah Hendricks, junior Biology/ Chemistry major, spent the summer working with Carboplatin, a cancer drug, at Colorado State University working under the direction of Dr. Debbie Crans.

 

Om Kumar Shrestha,sophomore Chemistry/Biochemistry major, spent the summer investigating Biofuels at the University of Wisconsin.

 

Jon Bruckman, senior Biochemistry/Physics major, spent the summer at Ohio Wesleyan University working on a project in nuclear physics.  More specifically, excited states in 70As were produced via the 23Na(54Fe,α2pn)77Rb reaction at 80MeV. Gamma-ray transitions between the excited states were collected in coincidence using a high-resolution array of 10 Ge detectors.

 

 

Summer 2007:

 

Katrice King, senior Chemistry major, spent the summer working on the spectroscopic and the thermodynamic analysis of ceramide-1-phosphate phase behavior at Kent State University under the direction of Dr. Arne Gericke.

 

Nate Coleman, senior Chemistry/Math major and Physics minor, spent the summer working with LASERS at the University of Iowa working under the direction of Dr. Chris Cheatum.

 

Sara Hitchcock, senior Biochemistry major, spent the summer working on the synthesis and characterization of  a large organic molecule, 14-dehydroheteroannulene.  Sara's  REU was entitled "Theoretically Interesting Molecules" and was at Northern Kentucky University Sara determined the optimum conditions to construct the 14 carbon ring through a series of coupling reactions involving TIP-acetylene and TMS-acetylene.  Sara also had the opportunity to attend the National Organic Conference at Duke University

 

Jennifer Hass, senior Biochemistry major, spent the summer at the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations in the Drug Chemistry and Toxicology Sections. Jen spent the majority of the time analyzing cocaine along with assisting the toxicology section with the analysis of blood and urine for controlled substances.  Jen loved this experience and felt as through it was an amazing opportunity.  She is now convinced that she is going to go into forensics after Monmouth. 

 

Matt Faron, senior Biochemistry major, spent the summer working on cellulose utilization by bacteria at University of Georgia.

 

Alison Warren, senior Chemistry/Biochemistry major, spent the summer at the University of Arizona working on determining the structures and characteristics of proteins involved in DNA repair mechanisms, specifically nucleotide excision repair.

 

Antonella Magnelli, senior Chemistry/Biochemistry major, spent the summer at the UST investigating moisture and pH tests of tobacco.

 

 

 

Past Summers:

Lee Radford, now a 1st year medical student at SIU, spent a summer doing biochemistry in
The Proteonomics Research Group at Youngtown State University, Youngstown OH

At Youngstown Lee worked with the pathogenic yeast form of a dimorphic penicillin strain called P. Marneffei.  In his project Lee isolated and analyzed all of the phosphorylated proteins using one and two dimensional polyacrylamide gels electrophoresis

Kristen Mertel, now a senior biochemistry major and physics minor spent a summer interning in Biophysics and Physics, Coe College, Cedar Rapids, IA and was supported by the National Science Foundation REU Program
Kristen's summer research consisted of making tellurium borate glass in a high temperature furnace (up to 1000 C). She analyzed the glass using a time-of-flight mass spectrometer and ionized with a low power laser. The goal of the study was to identify the different ion groups in the glass and see how the atoms were structurally arranged.
Kevin Watson, now a graduate student at the University of Iowa ,worked in the Clinical Service Department at Paragon Biomedical  in Irvine, CA

Kevin was
 involved in data entry and analysis of a Phase 3 clinical trial of a study drug called Adalimuimab, which was tested on patients with severe chronic plaque psoriasis.  Kevin says, "the internship gave me a better understanding on how a new medicinal drug has to go through a long and timely process before they are released to the general public."  

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

     
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