Chemistry Rams Represented ASU Well at the Southwest Regional American Chemical Society Meeting
November 20, 2017
By Dr. Edith Osborne
Eleven students and four faculty members from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry recently attended the Southwest Regional American Chemical Society (ACS) in Lubbock, Texas October 29-November 1, 2017. ACS is the world’s largest scientific society. It is a nonprofit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress, and is a global leader in providing access to chemistry-related research through its multiple databases, peer-reviewed journals and scientific conferences. ASU has an award-winning ACS Student Chapter that performs many outreach activities to promote chemistry to the community, hosts events that help its members succeed, and travels to ACS meetings to promote the chemistry research being performed by ASU and help its members network with other scientists.
The weekend started with a tour of the Chemistry Department at Texas Tech University. Dr. Dominic Casadonte led the group on a tour of the department, and then Dr. L. William Poirier and two current graduate students shared with the students about graduate studies in the chemical sciences from submitting an application to writing a dissertation to careers.
Seven undergraduate students presented posters on their research at the meeting, and Dr. Ralph Zehnder gave a talk on his research. Clancy Collom, Christopher Garcia, and Jung Ah Kim presented their research under the direction of Dr. Edith Osborne on the “Development and identification of affibody molecules that target crotalid snake venoms.” Sarah Champagne presented her research under the direction of Dr. Bruce Atwater on the “Progress towards the development of a green double allylation methodology.” Harry Maslen and James Jenkins present their research under the direction of Dr. Ralph Zehnder on “Isomorphous series of lanthanide sulfoterephthalates.” Alfredo Felipe presented his research under the direction of Dr. Gregory Smith on the “Characterization and observation of dopants on nano quartz crystal growth.”
The students enjoyed networking while attending the Undergraduate Student Luncheon and visiting with graduate school representatives at the graduate school recruiting fair. Talks on various fields of biochemistry were given throughout the day, and students were able to hear lectures by many award-winning scientists. Chemistry student Jung Ah Kim reflected that the “ACS Southwest Regional Meeting helped me to access various educational and career opportunities. Participating in an undergraduate poster presentation helped me to gain experience presenting research in a professional way.” The group is excited to follow up on the connections made and looks forward to guest lectures at ASU by some of the scientists that they met at the meeting.