Getting Hands-On Experience


St. Mary's chemistry and biochemistry majors were busy this summer participating in research and medical internships on campus and around the country.  Ashton Engdahl (above) spent her summer developing a green synthesis of functionalized pyrroles on campus with a paid research internship through our campus SMURF program.

Awards Aplenty in New Orleans

A generous contribution from the John J. Leidy Foundation allowed eight St. Mary's students to attend the 245th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in New Orleans where they presented posters describing their research.  Josh Olexa ('13) explains his poster to a judge, and former American Chemical Society president, in the Speak Simply Contest where students were judged on their ability to explain their research. St. Mary's was well represented, as Josh and Greg Triegger ('13) were both awarded for their posters.

Student Access to Advanced Instrumentation


Students enrolled in chemistry courses and those doing laboratory research in chemistry have access to many modern laboratory instruments. The experiences students gain in operating the instruments provides them with considerable advantages when they pursue careers or advanced education when they leave St. Mary's. The most significant instruments are listed below.

  • JEOL 400 MHz FT-NMR (NSF 0088228)
  • Hewlett-Packard GC-MS (NSF 9851032) w/ autosampler
  • Innovative Technologies Glovebox
  • Perkin-Elmer AA Spectrometer w/
    Graphite Furnace (NSF 8951372)
  • Jasco 4200 FT-IR with ATR
  • PTI Fluorometer w/near IR and FP capability
  • Finnigan Surveyor Plus HPLC
  • Varian Cary 50 Bio UV-Vis Spectrophotometer
  • Akta Prime FPLC
  • Thermo Labsystems Multiskan Ascent Microplate Reader
  • Johnson Matthey Magnetic Susceptibility Balance
  • Sorvall Legend RT Centrifuge
  • Laptops at every laboratory station
  • Perkin-Elmer Voltametric Analysis System