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.

Top point of new Goodpaster Hall building under construction at SMCM

Dr. Hovland signing building beam during topping out ceremony

signed beam to be placed on highest point of goodpaster hall

"Topping Out Ceremony," SMCM August 11, 2006

The faculty/staff of St. Mary's College were invited to a "topping out ceremony" hosted by the contractor, Coakley-Williams, to celebrate the placing of the highest steel beam in the construction of the new academic building. The new academic building named "Goodpaster Hall" will house the departments of chemistry, psychology and educational studies. The building will be connected to Schaefer Hall that currently houses the departments of biology, chemistry, math, and physics.

The SMACS Alumni Newsletter has a great article about the new building.