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. Ashon Engdahl (above) spent her summer developing a green synthesis of calixpyrroles on campus with a paid research internship through our campus SMURF program.
Awards Aplenty in New Orleans
Josh Olexa ('13) explains his poster to a judge, and former American Chemical Society president, in the Speak Simply Contest at the 245th National ACS Meeting in New Orleans. Josh was just one of two St. Mary's College of Maryland winners as Greg Triegger ('13) was also awarded for his presentation.
"Systematic Isolation of an Antimicrobial"
Allison's SMP focused on optimizing procedures to isolate an unknown antimicrobial compound that is formed from placing a glucose-phosphate buffer solution under conditions of high pressure and temperature. The compound of interest inhibits the growth of E. coli and structural information was also collected through the acquisition and interpretation of mass-spec data. This complemented previous 1-D and 2-D NMR studies and gave greater insight into some of the positioning of side groups on this molecule IC distribution, cavity size and shape.