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.

"Systematic Isolation of an Antimicrobial"

Allison Billock
Mentor: Dr. Andrew Koch
St. Mary's College of Maryland

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.