Congratulations, 2018-2019 Graduates!

On Monday, May 13th, the Department of Chemistry celebrated the graduation of 104 undergraduate chemistry majors and 21 new PhDs. Congratulations to all of our graduates!

Afoma Deborah Afobunor
Feven Tadessa Alemu
Otgonjargal Altangerel
Fabliha A. Anam
Netra Anand

Up Next: Graduate School, Public Health

Nicholas W. Arehart

Up Next: Marketing Operations Analyst, Integral Ad Science in New York City

Greti Barokas

Up Next: Medical School, Emory University Class of 2023

Caroline Grace Bauchiero

Up Next: Job Offer, Teaching at Stuffield Academy in Suffield, CT

Anna Lena Bell

Up Next: Job Offer, “Box” Implementation Analyst

Kelsey Lauren Berman
Andrew Tuo Bi
Laura Briggs
Chenxi Cai, Ms
Siying Cen, MS
Zachary Yixin Chen
Shuo Cheng
Sanim Alam Choudhury
Frances Nicole Connor
Paul Frank D’Cunha
Yitao Dai

Up Next: Graduate School, PhD in Pharmacognosy

Christopher Elias Dalloul
Giselle De La Torre

Up Next: Post Baccalaureate Program

Luke Alexander del Balzo
Dian Ding

Up Next: Graduate School, Harvard University, PhD in Chemistry

Corey Eisner
Elizabeth Anne Ejzak
Matthew Paul Epplin, PhD

Up Next: Postdoc, Stanford University

Birk Kenney Evavold
Maxine Dora Faass

Up Next: Graduate School, Northwestern University’s McCormick School of Engineering

Qiyuan Fan
Benjamin MacEwen Fontaine, PhD
Helen Catherine Garby
Julia Lane Gensheimer

Up Next: Medical Scientist Training Program to earn MD/PhD

Ian Allen George

Up Next: Medical School, Duke University School of Medicine

Angel Gonzalez-Valero

Up Next: Graduate School, University of California, Berkeley, PhD in Chemistry

Alexander Ben Grayson
Paul David Greenstein
Ziwei Guo, PhD

Up Next: Pursuing a career in industry

Jennifer Sussette Gutierrez
Garrett Halstein
Talin Handa
Benjamin Heifetz
Caroline Grace Henry
Christopher Hernandez
Lana Lee Herrmann

Up Next: Teaching English in Thailand, Princeton in Asia

Cole Alexander Holan

Up Next: Medical School

Derek Xin Hu
Hyun Hwang
Sabrina Kate Ibabao

Up Next: Dental School

Shivam B Jariwala
Ban-Seok “Samuel” Jeong, PhD

Up Next: Post-doc, Emory University, Dyer Lab

Brittany Symone Jones
Kelly Marie Jones

Up Next: Dental School, University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine

Malichai E Jordan
Samika Shashank Joshi
Amelia Jane Joyce
Augustine Kang
Colleen Elizabeth Keohane, PhD

Up Next: Scientist, Janssen US

Ryann Khalil
Justin Leal
Eunice Katherine Lee
Noel Xiang’ An Li, PhD

Up Next: Pursuing a Career in Industry

Qiuyang Li, PhD

Up Next: Postdoc

Patricia Chi Lin

Up Next: Graduate School, UC Irvine, PhD in Chemistry

Zhiyin Lu
Shirley Ma
Haleigh Rene Machost
Pranay Reddy Manda
Sheena Mathai
Carmen Metzler

Up Next: Graduate School, University of Puerto Rico, PhD in Chemistry

Jaecheol Min
Taiki Larry Mochizuki
Alexandra Frances Nazzari

Up Next: Job Offer, NIH Post-Bac Position in Vaccinology Lab

Mathew Sebastian Padanilam

Up Next: Medical School, Indiana University

Hyunmin Park, PhD

Up Next: Working for LG Chem, South Korea

Lara Anne Patel, PhD

Up Next: Writing

Jessica Renee Petree, PhD

Up Next: Staff scientist jointly between Khalid Salaita and Cherry Wongtrakool’s labs

Tyler Tri-Thanh Pham
Akshay Krishna Raghuram
Rachel Aryn Reese
Jonathan Thomas Regenold
Alexa Patricia Rendon
Jin Hyeong Rim
Shannon Rivera, PhD

Up Next: Pursuing a Career in Industry

Claire Roesler
Sean Edward Rossiter, MS
Pratik Kumar Rout

Up Next: Clinical Volunteer, Applying to Medical School for 2020

Brian Douglas Savino
Jeffrey Blair Schriber, PhD
Albert Seoh
Faraz Sewani
Emily Ann Silverman

Up Next: Clinical Research Assistant, Brigham and Women’s Hospital Department of Infectious Disease

Rachel Marie Slaugenhaupt
Nandar Soe
Sreesh Sridhar
Kevin Paul Sullivan, PhD
Cory Sylber

Up Next: Research Assistant, Veterans Affairs Hospital

Shannon Thomas
Christina Tian
Gavin Touponse
Niyati Upadhyay
Robert Alexander VanGundy, PhD
Morgan Bair Vaughn, PhD

Up Next: Pursuing Career in Science Communication

Ken Wakabayashi
Dazhi Wang
Jingxi Wang
Minglun Wang
Yijun Wang
Marshall Julian Weber
Emily Elizabeth Weeden
Brett Stephen Weingart
Yuming Wen
Daniel Joon Won

Up Next: Job Offer, ORISE CDC Fellowship, Applying to Dental School

Jung Hyun Won
Yixin Xu

Up Next: Graduate School, University of Kentucky, PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences

Eric Boyang Yu

Up Next: Medical School, After Gap Year

Ashley Zachmann

Up Next: Graduate School, UNC Chapel Hill, PhD in Chemistry

Avery Michelle Zearfoss
Alexander De-Xiang Zhang
Tianyuan “Sam” Zhang, PhD
Zhechen Zhang
Bethany Marie Ziemer
Samuel Zinga

 

Chemistry Major Sam Zinga Receives Prestigious McMullen Award

Chemistry major Sam Zinga has been named the 2019 McMullen Award Winner. The McMullen Award is one of the most prestigious awards given by Emory College to graduating seniors. Sam joined the Widicus Weaver Group as a high school intern from the Gwinnett School of Mathematics and Technology in the summer of 2014. In addition to continuing undergraduate research with the Widicus Weaver Group, Sam served as a peer leader with Dr. Antonio Brathwaite in physical chemistry courses during his time at Emory. He is headed to Yale University School of Medicine to pursue a year-long research position next fall. In future, he plans to pursue an MD/PhD.

Read more about Sam’s Emory journey and future plans in this Emory News Center profile.

Two Chemistry Majors Awarded Prestigious Goldwater Scholarship

Chemistry majors Austin Lai and Liz Enyenihi have been selected as 2019 Goldwater Scholars, the nations’ premier scholarship for undergraduates studying math, natural sciences, and engineering. The college juniors will each receive $7,500 per year until the completion of their undergraduate degree to go towards the cost of tuition, fees, books, and room and board. This year, the competition received over 5,000 applications for only 496 scholarships.

A Woodruff Scholar, Enyenihi has modeled RNA exosome malfunction in a budding yeast model system to explore why the mutations in the genes that encode components of this complex cause such distinct, sometimes fatal, diseases working in the lab of Dr. Anita Corbett.

Lai, a biology and chemistry double major, is researching Fragile X Syndrome in the lab of Dr. Gary J. Bassell, professor and chair of the Department of Cell Biology in the School of Medicine.

Read more about these amazing scholars, and all four 2019 awardees from Emory, in the Emory Report. [Full Article]

Atlanta Science Festival: 2019 Recap

Each year, the Emory University Department of Chemistry participates in the Atlanta Science Festival. This year, we hosted the Chemistry Carnival, an event to share about some of the amazing research taking place in our department through carnival games and fun activities. Children enjoyed playing games like Peptide Jenga and Bacterial Telepathy, while also learning about science from our enthusiastic students.

In addition to the Chemistry Carnival, we had several booths at the Piedmont Park Expo. Dr. Doug Mulford and ChEmory hosted “Pink Ping Pong Big Bang” to teach attendees about The Big Bang through a demonstration involving ping pong balls, liquid nitrogen, and boiling water. Another of our booths, “The BIG World of SMALL Bio-Machines”, was well-attended by children who enjoyed games designed to teach about proteins and their diverse functions. We also hosted “Distance Really Matters” and “Catalyst Carnival” with the CCHF.

The event was a blast for all— attendees and volunteers alike. An event like the Atlanta Science Festival is a wonderful opportunity to bring the community together over a love for science, an enthusiasm for learning, and an ever-present curiosity.

A huge “Thank you!” to everyone who helped make the Atlanta Science festival such a successful and fun event! We couldn’t have done it without you!

Rachel Kozlowski (Dyer Group) Awarded Dean’s Teaching Fellowship

Rachel Kozlowski

Rachel Kozlowski (Dyer Group) has been awarded the Dean’s Teaching Fellowship for the 2019-2020 academic year. Dean’s Teaching Fellowships are selected based on progress towards completing the Ph.D. degree as well as a strong commitment to teaching. This year, 12 students were awarded the fellowship, which provides financial support through a $19,000 stipend.

As a Dean’s Teaching Fellow, Rachel will be designing and teaching a section of CHEM-150: Structure and Properties as an instructor of record this coming fall. CHEM 150 is the first  course in the Chemistry Unbound curriculum and focuses on starting students in their chemistry studies with an “atoms first” approach.

“Being awarded this teaching fellowship is an excellent opportunity for me, as my career goal is to be a professor at a primarily undergraduate institution (PUI),” says Rachel. “Professors at PUIs have a much greater emphasis placed on teaching, so while I will still have a small undergraduate research group, most of my job responsibilities will involve teaching students. Having the opportunity to be an instructor of record while still working towards my PhD degree is invaluable.”

Congratulations, Rachel!

I’m a chemist and…Vol. 2

We’re continuing our celebration of all the great things our chemists do both inside and outside of the lab! In volume two, meet chemists who compete in roller derby and golf, an animal photography volunteer, and more!

Click the image below to go to the full article!

Emory University Receives AAU Grant for Undergraduate STEM Education

Emory University was recently named as a recipient of a grant from The Association of American Universities for the improvement of undergraduate education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The grant is part of the AAU Undergraduate STEM Education Initiative, a project launched in 2011 to encourage STEM departments to maximize student engagement through effective teaching strategies. The AAU explains:

“These strategies include creating learning communities for STEM faculty members involved in reform efforts, establishing programs to train graduate students and undergraduate teaching assistants or peer advisors in active learning practices, renovating classrooms into collaborative learning spaces, and creating inclusive and welcoming learning environments for all students.”

The mission of this initiative aligns perfectly with Chemistry Unbound, our undergraduate curriculum, that has seen great success since its start in Fall 2017.

Click [here] to learn more about this initiative!

Looking Back on 2018

Happy New Year! As we enter 2019, a new year of innovation and achievement, let’s take some time to appreciate some of the wonderful things that took place in the Department of Chemistry during 2018.

Chemistry Unbound Article Selected as ACS Editors’ Choice

In the Fall of 2017, Emory’s Department of Chemistry overhauled its undergraduate curriculum to introduce a more interdisciplinary approach to teaching chemistry. The new course structure, named Chemistry Unbound, was designed to weave concepts of traditional chemistry disciplines together, giving students a more comprehensive foundation of the field.

This curriculum reform was described in “Chemistry Unbound: Designing a New Four-Year Undergraduate Curriculum”, written with contributions from Tracy L. McGill, Leah C. Williams, Douglas R. Mulford, Simon B. Blakey, Robert J. Harris, James T. Kindt, David G. Lynn, Patricia A. Marsteller, Frank E. McDonald, and Nichole L. Powell. The article, which was recently published in the Journal of Chemical Education, has been selected by the ACS as “Editors’ Choice”. This recognition highlights the value of the publication as a significant contribution to the global scientific community.

We are so proud of the success of Chemistry Unbound! Congratulations who everyone who contributed to such a wonderful accomplishment!

Click [here] to read the article!

ChEmory Wins ACS Green Chemistry Student Chapter Award

ChEmory, our undergraduate ACS club, has won a Green Chemistry Student Chapter Award! This award recognizes student chapters that participate in three or more green chemistry outreach or educational activities throughout the year.

Photo from Ashley Diaz, ChEmory President

Firstly, ChEmory hosted a liquid nitrogen ice cream booth at the Student Activities Fair. While teaching visitors about the crystallization process of ice cream and recruiting new members to join the club, they made ice cream in reusable bowls and handed out samples in compostable cups. At the Fernbank Museum, ChEmory took their gastronomy a step further, making edible whiskey droplets. The only waste generated from the making of the whiskey droplets were the droppers themselves, which were disposable and recyclable.

Photo from Ashley Diaz, ChEmory President

At the Atlanta Science Festival, the group made slime from borax and polyvinyl alcohol. Because the slime was made with nontoxic and widely-available reagents, ChEmory members took the opportunity to teach about the concept of biodegradable, low-waste chemistry. Finally, in collaboration with the Artisan guild, club members used biodegradable, all-natural materials to make their own soap. By designing degradable products and utilizing renewable source materials, participants left the event with both a better understanding of green chemistry and a handmade bar of soap to use at home!

Congratulations, ChEmory!!

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