On Monday, May 14th, the Department of Chemistry celebrated the graduation of 63 undergraduate chemistry majors and 16 new PhDs. Congratulations to all of our graduates!
|Jonah M. Adler|
|Eric Andreansky, Ph.D.|
|Rebecca Anne Bartlett, Ph.D.|
|Nia Nicole Bilal|
|Yuan Chang, Ph.D.|
|Bryant Chica, Ph.D.|
|Emily Bridget Crawford|
|Wallace Derricotte, Ph.D.|
|Jose Armando Espinoza|
|Richard Xin Feng|
|Divine Joseph Francis
Up Next: Graduate School
|Kyle E Giesler, Ph.D.|
|Akash R Gogate|
|You Na Ha|
|Ian I Heaven|
|Gillian G Hecht
Up Next: Graduate School at Columbia University Mallman School of Public Health(Future plans to attend medical school)
Up Next: PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences (Job offer for Teach for America in Houston)
|Lillian Theresa Hough|
|Jessica Anna Hurtak, Ph.D.
Currently: Postdoc in the Tan Laboratory at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan
|Ban-Seok Jeong, Ph.D.|
|Lisa Wang Jin|
|Yao Jing, Ph.D.|
|Verka Elena Williams Jordanov|
|Se Min Jung|
Up Next: Research Technician with the Lutz Lab at Emory
(Future plans to attend graduate school for chemistry)
|Carly Ryan Kies
2017-2018 Excellence in Undergraduate Educational Support Award (1st Year Mentor)
Up Next: Campus ministry in Australia for a year
|Mooeung Kim, Ph.D.|
|Carli Brooke Kovel
2018 Bobby Jones Scholar
|Sang Don Kwan
Up Next: Medical school in Korea
|Adonias C Lemma
2017-2018 Excellence in Undergraduate Educational Support Award (1st Year Lab TA)
Up Next: Emergency Department Medical Scribe with the Emory University Hospital
Up Next: Grow Trainee in Manufacturing Department for BASF in Shanghai, China
|Kuangbiao Liao, Ph.D.
Up Next: Senior Scientist at Abbvie Inc.
|Charles Modlin, Ph.D.|
|Eddy Cristian Ortega|
|Thomas Nicholai Preiser|
Up Next: Research Technician at MSKCC (Future plans to attend medical school)
|Shambavi Jay Rao|
|Rolando Felipe Rengifo, Ph.D.|
|Adam M Ring
2017-2018 Excellence in Undergraduate Educational Support Award (2nd Year Lab TA)
|Gabriela Rodriguez Bengochea|
|Daniel Cristian Salgueiro
2017-2018 Outstanding Chemistry Major Award
2017-2018 Undergraduate Award in Organic Chemistry
|Noah Allen Setterholm, Ph.D.|
|Nilang Nandlal Shah|
Up Next: PhD in Chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh
|Houston Hartwell Smith
2015 Recipient of the Early Career Achievement Research Grant
2017-2018 Excellence in Undergraduate Research Award
2017-2018 ACS P-Chem Award
|Andrew Donald Steele, Ph.D.|
|Leann Quertinmont Teadt, Ph.D.|
|Matthew John Tucker|
Up Next: Medical School at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
|Katherine June Woolard
2016 Excellence in Undergraduate Education Award (General Chemistry Lab)
|Benjamin Aaron Yosen|
Up Next: MS in Operations Research at Columbia University
Congratulations to all of our 2017-2018 award winners!
Undergraduate Student Awards
Outstanding Chemistry Major:
Excellence in Undergraduate Research:
Excellence in Undergraduate Educational Support:
Analytical: Frances Connor
1st Year Mentor: Carly Kies
2nd Year Mentor: Brett Weingart
1st Year Lab TA: Adonias Lemma
2nd Year Lab TA: Adam Ring
Outstanding 1st year Chemistry Student:
Early Career Achievement Research Grant:
Nathan Harper (Widicus Weaver)
ACS P-Chem Award
Undergraduate Award in Analytical Chemistry
Undergraduate Award in Organic Chemistry
William Jones Scholarship
Dian Ruby Ding
Graduate Student Awards
Quayle Outstanding Student Award
Pui Yan “Victor” Ma (Salaita)
Quayle Senior Student Award
Colleen Keohane (Wuest)
Qiuyang Li (Lian)
Quayle Student Achievement Award
Benjamin Fontaine (Weinert)
Qi Yu (Bowman)
Amy Solinski (Wuest)
Ziwei Guo (Kindt)
Shannon Rivera (Weinert)
Ally Boyington (Jui)
Outstanding TA Award
Alexia Prokopik (Dyer)
Ha An Nguyen (Dunham)
Nicholas Stair (Evangelista)
Amber Scharnow (Wuest)
Cameron Pratt (Jui)
Victoria Snider (Hill)
Elaine Liu (MacBeth)
Carson Powers (Widicus Weaver)
The Emory Report features a story on chemistry’s new undergraduate curriculum, Chemistry Unbound.
For the science dedicated to studying how properties interact and change, chemistry has been static for decades in how it is taught.
That changes this fall, as Emory College of Arts & Sciences positions itself as a leader in teaching undergraduates the “central science” that links biology, physics and more with a revamp of its entire undergraduate chemistry curriculum.
While some colleges have changed individual classes, Emory is the first major research university to completely overhaul how it teaches chemistry, from introductory courses to capstone senior seminars.
Read the entire article at the Emory Report.
The Department of Chemistry is seeking a graduate program coordinator for the Department of Chemistry. To apply, please visit the Emory Careers portal. The position number is 71103BR.
Program Coordinator-Emory College: Chemistry
Experience with the following:
- Student orientation
- Student advising
- Grad course scheduling
- Course registration
- Student payroll – coordinate for Department and RAS financial offices
- Teaching Assistant placement
- Research rotation placement and mentor choice
- Student awards and recognition
- Maintaining records of student progress
- Annual reports
- Career placement for internal assessments
- Program grant applications
FORMAL JOB DESCRIPTION
- Primary duties are organizing, coordinating, and planning operational facets of a program and its related activities which include, but are not limited to the following: establishing long-term operational objectives, researching factors that may impact the success of the program, and working with individuals or groups to research and document program requirements in order to provide appropriate input into the development of strategic plans.
- Develops work plans to accomplish program goals and objectives and monitors progress toward their achievement.
- Conducts research and gathers information to develop various publications.
- Develops promotional materials which may include content for reports, briefings, newsletters, grants or other written information related to the program.
- Assists in developing and coordinating program-related conferences, conventions, or meetings.
- Monitors expenditures and may participate in the budget planning process and prepare financial reports.
- May assist in identifying funding resources and developing fund-raising strategies and initiatives.
- Prepares operational and statistical reports.
- Conducts training, represents the program at meetings and conferences, and networks with affiliated groups.
- May supervise assigned project staff, interns and/or volunteers.
- Performs related responsibilities as required.
- This is not an administrative support position.
Bachelor’s degree in a field related to the program and two years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
Minimum Hourly Rate $
Midpoint Hourly Rate $
Minimum Annual Rate $
Midpoint Annual Rate $
This position involves:
“I can’t imagine doing chemistry anywhere else!”
That was what Julia Gensheimer (EC ’19) told her mother after going on a tour of the new addition to Emory chemistry’s Atwood Hall. With its soaring atrium, shiny new labs, and innovative teaching space, it’s easy to see how the Atwood Addition could get a student excited about chemistry. However, Julia’s tour took place in the summer of 2015, while the building was still being built.
“It was exciting to have an exclusive tour for students interested in chemistry,” says Julia of the hard-hat tour of the construction site led by chemistry Director Todd Polley.
Julia’s ability to see potential in the unknown brought her to Emory and it’s part of what makes her such a successful chemistry major. Julia is excited about what chemistry offers—and what it doesn’t. “In the lab, you are looking for an answer to some research question and if you answer that question, you ask another one! You search and you re-search,” says Julia. “There is always something to discover.”
As a freshman, Julia enrolled in CHEM 221Z, an accelerated course for students with AP credit. The class was taught by Jose Soria and Dennis Liotta. Julia was excited to be working with top researchers as a freshman and the course further fueled her interest in chemistry. Dennis Liotta says, “Julia has excelled at everything she’s done at Emory. As far as I’m concerned, she’s a future superstar.”
“Julia is great,” agrees Stefan Lutz, Julia’s sophomore biochemistry instructor. “She is an enthusiastic student and a hard worker.”
While Julia is a rising star (and a self-described “chemistry fangirl”) that doesn’t mean coursework and research come easy. In fact, says Julia, “chemistry doesn’t come naturally to me at all!” Like many students, Julia found organic chemistry challenging, but the community she built in the classroom carried her through. “They are some of my best friends,” she says of her organic classmates, “We formed a little organic chemistry family and continue to take classes with each other. We study together and support one another.”
Outside the classroom, Julia has been involved in research in the Rafi Ahmed Lab in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology since February 2016. She’s building on experience she gained in high school after spending two summers in the lab of Dr. Michael Jensen at the Ben Towne Center for Childhood Cancer Research in Seattle.
How did a high schooler end up traveling across the country to get involved in cutting-edge cancer research?
“I saw an advertisement about a cancer treatment without radiation or chemotherapy, known as immunotherapy at Seattle Children’s. The initiative was led by Dr. Michael Jensen and in minutes, I became his number one fan. So, I emailed him. To my surprise and utter joy, I received a reply and got the internship! I flew from my small town in Kentucky to Seattle where I volunteered full-time in the Jensen laboratory.”
The lab invited Julia back the next summer for ten weeks (funded in part by Emory’s Civic Scholars Program) where she completed an independent project. Her time in the Jensen lab also sparked another interest: triathlons.
Of course, in chemistry you can work hard and achieve. But triathlons—you must have an aptitude for those, right? Or at least experience?
“Maybe,” says Julia. “I did a triathlon my sophomore year of high school because I competed on the swim team at the time. After a triathlon hiatus, my lab members convinced me to participate in a triathlon relay over the summer. I enjoyed it so much that I joined Emory’s club triathlon team and finished my second triathlon last September. I will race again in the spring! I’m a terrible runner though so I really have to train for that part.”
Taken together, Julia’s accomplishments tell a story about a student who isn’t afraid to try, to test, to take risks. “I wouldn’t be happy if I wasn’t constantly challenged in some way.” Her next challenge? A summer research experience in the Ahmed Lab continuing her work in cancer immunology.
She isn’t exactly sure what she wants to do next – maybe a career in chemistry and biology research, most likely on the MD/PhD track. Or possibly on some track that hasn’t been built yet. Because if anyone can find the next cool thing and take off in pursuit, it’s going to be Julia Gensheimer.
The Department of Chemistry is seeking an accountant. (Our current accountant, Stephenie Thioubou, is retiring! Good luck, Stephenie! We will miss you!) To apply, please visit the Emory Careers portal. The position number is 69858BR.
Accountant-Emory College-Chemistry Department
- Proficient in Word, Excel and Outlook. Willingness to learn new software solutions.
- Experience in basic accounting: accounts receivables, accounts payables, & general journal entry knowledge: 2 years of recent experience.
- Independent, problem-solving abilities, detail-oriented, highly organized, with strong communication skills.
- Ability to multi-task.
- Effective interpersonal skills and flexibility.
FORMAL JOB DESCRIPTION:
- Performs routine professional accounting duties requiring limited independent judgment.
- Monitors, audits and reconciles departmental accounts.
- Researches and creates new accounts and codes.
- Prepares journal transactions, balances accounts, reconciles errors and takes corrective action.
- Assists in the preparation and monitoring of departmental budgets.
- Advises management of cash deficits.
- Prepares audit schedules in support of internal and external audits.
- Maintains databases and assimilates financial and statistical data.
- Prepares routine operational and statistical reports.
- May assist with computer operations for the department.
- May maintain departmental grants and monitor petty cash activity.
- May coordinate invoice preparation, payables and/or receivables.
- Performs related responsibilities as required.
Bachelor’s degree in accounting or a related field OR equivalent combination of experience, education, and training.
Operating Unit/Division: Emory College
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Minimum Hourly Rate $19.086538
Midpoint Hourly Rate $25.576923
Minimum Annual Rate $39700
Midpoint Annual Rate $53200
For Love Your Major Week, we’re highlighting our undergraduate chemistry majors in a series of blog posts. Interested in declaring a chemistry major? See Ms. Ethel Ellington in Atwood Hall 380 for assistance!
ChEmory is Emory’s award-winning American Chemistry Society club. They’ve been recognized with the ACS Green Chapter Award for three years running and in 2013, they were featured as an Outstanding Chapter with a photo on the cover of the ACS magazine. ChEmory holds a general meeting each month during the school year where members can explore chemistry in-depth. Past meetings have included a look at the chemistry behind molecular gastronomy, jewelry making using chemical etching, and instruction in chemistry demos.
ChEmory has also been a featured part of the Atlanta Science Festival each year since it began in 2013. Last year, they were part of the parade that took place downtown during the Exploration Expo making chemistry ping pong ball clouds.
Not all ChEmory students are chemistry majors, but everyone in ChEmory loves sharing chemistry with the community! ChEmory frequently visits local elementary schools to share science demos. And every year, ChEmory reminds the Emory community of the fun behind the chemistry with their National Chemistry Week demo show and Mole Day Party.
Doug Mulford’s freshman seminar is featured in this week’s Dooley Report, the weekly ebulletin sent to all Emory students. From the article:
“If you have a better understanding of the history of knowledge, you realize the things we think are true now are going to change, and you have to be open to that new learning,” says Douglas Mulford, senior lecturer of chemistry and the director of undergraduate studies for Emory’s chemistry department.
Mulford’s first-year seminar, “How Do We Know That: 2,500 years of Great Science Writing,” aims to help students develop those skills by delving into scientific claims of the past and present as well as the ethics that go with scientific advancement.
Part science literature and part critical thinking, the course is one of several first-year courses offered under Emory’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), “The Nature of Evidence: How Do You Know?”
Read the full story online at the Dooley Report.
By: Laura Briggs (EC ’19)
Sometimes, being in an academic lab setting can feel a bit pointless. Instructors and TAs are there to help you every step of the way, procedures are laid out for you step-by-step, and everyone pretty much knows what the “right” result should be. I understand that this method helps you learn techniques and reinforce concepts, but it definitely isn’t what I’ve experienced in a real research setting.
Dr. Jeremy Weaver’s analytical chemistry lab has been a fun and fulfilling change of scenery from step-by-step lab work. Our class visited the WaterHub with sample collection bottles and got a hands-on look at the real science that goes on there (I talk more about the WaterHub experience here). Then, we took the samples back into the lab to do some real research.
Dr. Weaver famously says that analytical chemistry is the class where data accuracy and precision matter the most. But for the WaterHub project, he took a more open-ended approach. He didn’t give us a procedure to follow; instead, we spent a week scouring the Internet and the scientific literature to figure out what to do. And when we asked if a certain procedure would work, Dr. Weaver encouraged us to go for it, give it a shot, and see what happened.
Using the techniques we learned in lab, including gas chromatography, titrations, and spectrophotometry, we determined (somewhat successfully) the phosphate and aluminum concentrations of the water, along with “water hardness” – a fancy term for the concentrations of calcium, magnesium, and a few other ions in a water sample. These are values that water quality testers would measure during a routine check of water quality.
Of course, without a surefire procedure to follow, it took a couple of tries to work out the kinks. My portion of the project was to determine the phosphate concentration of the WaterHub samples using UV/Vis spectrometry. The concept behind this technique is simple – you add an agent to your sample that creates a color change, and the degree to which the color appears corresponds to the concentration of the sample. The first time I added my coloring agent to each sample, absolutely nothing happened – even when I knew that there was a ton of phosphate in the sample!
The process of research, as we learned, is full of troubleshooting and setbacks. But eventually, I found the amount of phosphate in the WaterHub water! Boy, did I feel accomplished because I found the procedure and performed the experiments myself. Even in an academic lab setting, it is possible to conduct real research, answer real questions, and engage with the Emory community on a larger level. Dr. Weaver’s WaterHub project brought the esoteric techniques of quantitative analytical chemistry and gave them new life through a real-life application.
Laura Briggs is a sophomore majoring in chemistry and dance. Laura is a Woodruff Scholar and the Vice President of the Emory Swing Dance Club. She is also a member of the Emory Dance Company and hosts a weekly, science-themed radio show. Laura is a research assistant in the Weinert lab, where she studies really cool bacteria that attack potatoes. Laura plans to pursue either a Ph.D. in biochemistry or a master’s in science writing.
To learn more about the WaterHub, check out this link from Campus Services!