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STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP and EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING

Students are encouraged to broaden their experience in chemistry and biochemistry through internships and independent research. Over the last year:

  • Nearly 30 students carried out independent research projects, many of them as part of the Albright Creative Research Experience (ACRE) 
  • One student presented at and another attended the National Organic Chemistry Symposium
  • Students presented to the Lehigh Valley Section of the American Chemical Society and as part of Albright’s Honors Week
  • Two students presented their work at the prestigious National Conference on Undergraduate Research, held in La Crosse, Wisc.
  • Five students completed independent research and an honors thesis to graduate with College honors
  • Five students received departmental distinction at Commencement

Other experiential learning opportunities for Albright chemistry and biochemistry students over the past year:

  • Shadowing at Bayer and GlaxoSmithKline
  • Participation in the National Science Foundation’s Research Experience for Undergraduates at the University of Nebraska

Recent internship sites

  • Innospec, Inc.
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Rohm & Haas
  • Pottstown Hospital
  • Wyeth
  • Cabot Corporation
  • Schenectady International
  • Legacy Brewery
  • Merck
  • Cryovac
  • ATOFINA Chemicals
  • Lancaster Laboratories
  • Department of Environmental Protection
  • Additionally, we have had student participants in university research settings at Temple University, the University of Pittsburgh and Rutgers University

 

Below are examples of recent projects by Albright chemistry and biochemistry majors funded by ACRE or by grants to the faculty. Some of this research was used to write honors theses for departmental distinction, college honors or both.

  • Keynu Carter (faculty mentor: Jeffrey Wolbach, Ph.D.), “Modeling of New Base-Appended Radical Cations for Concerted Proton-Electron Transfer”
  • Raven Carter (faculty mentor: Jeffrey Wolbach, Ph.D.), “Modeling of Internal Hydrogen Transfer: Concerted Proton Electron Transfer (CPET) or Not?”
  • Bren Cole (faculty mentor: Christopher Graves, Ph.D.), “Toward Redox-Active Aluminum Systems: Chemical Reactivity of an Aluminum-α-Diimine Complex”
  • Joanna Culp (faculty mentor: Michele Cramer, M.S.), “Development and Enrichment of Two Laboratory Experiments for Chemistry 100”
  • Rieffe Dia (faculty mentor: Frieda Texter, Ph.D.), “Studies of the stability of and fibril formation by deltaN20 β2-microglobulin”
  • Gwendolynne Fesmire (faculty mentor: Pamela Artz, Ph.D.), “Ligand Binding in Proteins Investigated by Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Methods: An Initial Study with a Model System”
  • Daniel Robinson (faculty mentor: Ian Rhile, Ph.D.), “Investigation of the Effect of the Acid-Base and Redox Properties on the CPET”
  • Rodger Rothenberger (faculty mentor: Andrew Samuelsen, Ph.D.), “Taq polymerase synthesis and purification & Pumpkin antifungal exploration”
  • Francesca Simpson (faculty mentor: Ian Rhile, Ph.D.), “Investigating the Relationship between Geometry and Rate Constant for Isomers and Near Isomers in a Concerted Proton-Electron Transfer Reaction”
  • Kyle Smith (faculty mentor: Christian Hamann, Ph.D.), “Using NMR Spectroscopy to Examine the Effects of Electronics, Sterics, and Solvents on the Equilibrium Constants of Keto-Enol Compounds”
  • Kevin Yeagle (faculty mentor: Christopher Graves, Ph.D.), “Probing the Catalytic Activity of Aluminum Amidate Complexes”