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.

The Computerized General Chemistry Laboratory

General Chemistry!The general chemistry laboratory houses twelve student computer stations and one instructor station. The laboratory contains three islands which have enough bench space on either side for four student stations. A CPU (central processing unit) is located in a cabinet below the laboratory bench at each station and the computer monitor sits on a shelf above the bench. Two cables are attached to each computer and are used to connect the computer CPU to various instruments by using different adapter connections.

The instruments used in the general chemistry laboratory that can be interfaced to the computer are the Mettler B303 top-loading balance, Mettler AE200 analytical balance, Spectronic 20D spectrophotometer, and Accumet 20 pH meter. The computer does not control every aspect of an interfaced instrument's function so it is still important to know how to operate each instrument correctly.