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.

Brad using a GCMS

Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometer      

This instrument ( also known as a GC-MS) is used to analyze chemical samples to determine if they're pure or are a mixture. If the sample is a mixture, the instrument can give information regarding how many components are in the sample and the relative amount of each. Components can be characterized by their molecular mass which aids in identifying them.

A GCMS looks like this