UCA students present research at national meeting

Thirteen undergraduate students and six faculty members from UCA’s Chemistry Department presented research at the 235th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS) in New Orleans last month.With over 13,000 attendees, the meeting included symposia on topics as diverse as energy & the environment, nanotechnology, biological & medicinal chemistry, and chemical education. The students took advantage of the programming to attend symposia about how to operate a successful student affiliate chapter and listen to lectures by preeminent scientists.

The students also presented research that they had conducted as part of independent study projects, in conjunction with a UCA chemistry faculty members. Most students have worked for at least a year on their project, others for more than three years.

Joshuah Lingo, an undergraduate student working with Lance Bridges and Melissa Kelley, presented research that has resulted in a publication in the academic journal Biochemistry. Chris Sutton, an undergraduate student working with Pat Desrochers, was invited to present his research at Sci-Mix, where the best posters from the entire meeting are highlighted.

Ariel Marshall received a National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Leadership Group Travel Award and Amanda MacMillan received an I.M. Kolthoff Enrichment Award given by the ACS