Department of Chemistry Highlights

On January 15, 2013 by Grad Forum

matt_cain_over1-225x300The past year has seen a number of awards and exciting events for the graduate program in the Department of Chemistry. Matt Cain, who worked with Professor David Glueck, shared the Hannah T. Croasdale Award, given annually to acknowledge those who best exemplify the qualities of a scholar. His work was also chosen to grace the cover of the journal, Inorganic Chemistry, Volume 49, Issue 17.

In March, Nick Tito and Xin Su took part in the Germany Exchange Program run by the Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society (NESACS). They participated in poster sessions, lectures, and research site visits with ten other graduate students in and around Rostock, Germany. In July, Nick co-chaired the inaugural Graduate Research Seminar in Polymer Physics, which preceded the Polymer Physics Gordon Conference, at which he presented a poster. In August, he was one of fifteen graduate students selected nationwide to participate in the American Chemical Society Publications Summer Institute, working to develop new tools for online access. Nick was also recognized for his superb undergraduate teaching assistant work–he was the recipient of the Department of Chemistry’s John H. Wolfenden Teaching Prize.

Xin and Justin Foy were selected to attend the American Chemical Society International-Domestic Student Summit held in November in Raleigh, North Carolina. The main goal of the summit was “to discuss promoting cross-cultural understanding, skill flow, and increasing international collaboration.” They presented a poster and gave a talk.  Xin and Justin are students in Professor Ivan Aprahamian’s lab. Xin is also the Dartmouth representative to the NESACS Younger Chemists Committee (NSYCC), and Justin is the chemistry representative to the Graduate Student Council.

This fall the department welcomed six new graduate students to our program. They are now assigned to research groups and starting their research while also taking courses and serving as teaching assistants. We wish them the best as they progress through our program!

by John Winn

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