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.


"Determination of Particulate Phase Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons at Piney Point State Park, MD

Willam S. Perry
Mentor: Dr. Randolph K. Larsen III
St. Mary's College of Maryland, 2006-2007
    This study looked at the particulate PAH concentration at Piney Point Lighthouse Park. The park is in a rural area of southern Maryland, and is in close proximity to an oil off-loading facility operated by Valero L.P. Samples were collected from September 2006-October 2006 using a high volume air sampler and 0.4?m glass fiber filters. After analysis by GC/MS, 16 priority PAHs were quantified. It was determined that PAH levels at Piney Point were elevated with respect to levels in other rural areas previously studied. Average PAH levels ranged from 50-350 ng m-3, roughly a 1-10x increase from other rural areas. The increase is most likely due to the Valero facility, but levels remain well below any danger level for humans. The highest concentration of PAH were the three largest molecules, dibenz[a,h]anthracene, indeno[1,2,3-cd]pyrene, and benzo[g,h,i]perylene