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.


Innovative Technologies Glovebox

The glove box is used by students and faculty doing research in organic and inorganic syntheses which involve the preparation or handling of air and/or moisture sensitive compounds. When working in the glove box, the necessary glassware and chemicals are inserted into an antechamber which is purged with argon. The atmosphere in the glovebox is pure argon that has the oxygen and moisture removed by recirculating the argon through an absorbing chamber.