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.

400 MHz Fourier Transform Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectrometer         

The instrument (also known as a FT-NMR) was installed in January 2002 and will be used by students in courses across the chemistry curriculum as well as by students doing St. Mary's Projects. Acquisition of this $280,000 instrument was facilitated by a grant awarded to the chemistry department by the National Science Foundation. The instrument is used to assist in determining the chemical bonding in molecules. Students can use the instrument to verify the bonding in compounds of known composition or to determine the bonding and therefore the composition of new compounds synthesized for research projects.