Nine Duquesne Students Presented Research at American Chemical Society Exposition

Nine Duquesne University junior biochemistry and chemistry majors recently traveled to San Francisco to participate in the 253rd American Chemical Society's National Meeting and Exposition.

The conference, which attracts more than 45,000 students, faculty and researchers from across the country, allowed the students to attend scientific talks, talk to recruiters and see how their own research stacks up against their peers.

"It's a big deal. They get to experience something new," said Dr. Ellen Gawalt, professor and chair of the departments of chemistry and biochemistry in Duquesne's Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Resources. "Some of these kids are first generation college students, or this was their first time on a flight."

At the conference, The American Chemical Society of Duquesne University Student Chapter was awarded the Outstanding Student Chapter for the sixth year in a row, and the Green Chemistry Chapter for the third year in a row.

There are 1,100 student chapters in the world, Gawalt said.

The students who made the trip to represent Duquesne were:

  • Laura Andreola, chemistry major, of Pittsburgh
  • Michael Bladwin, chemistry major, of Newtown, Pa.
  • Erin Castele, chemistry major, of Westlake, Ohio
  • Emily Cooper, biochemistry major, of Delta, Pa.
  • Marvene Cribbs, chemistry major, of Beaver, Pa.
  • Autumn Schultz, chemistry major, of Georgetown, Pa.
  • Sadiq Shaik, biochemistry major, of Downingtown, Pa.
  • Paul Zakutansky, biochemistry major, of Niantic, Conn.
  • Kimberly Wilber, chemistry major, of Lawrenceville, Pa.

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