University of Evansville

Chemistry E-Newsletter

May 2015

UE Department of Chemistry Class of 2015

The graduating senior chemistry majors of 2015! Pictured from left: Maggie Somody, Jackson McGrath, Katie Prosser, Conor Sprick, and Steph Hautsch.
Steph Hautsch has been accepted to IUPUI in Indianapolis, IN where she will pursue an M.S. in forensic science then a Ph.D. in chemistry.
Jackson McGrath has accepted a position at Bristol-Myers Squibb in Mt. Vernon, IN.
Katie Prosser has been accepted into the Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine located in Lillington, NC.
Maggie Somody will be attending the University of Indianapolis to obtain an M.S. in education through the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship Foundation.
Conor Sprick has been accepted in to the University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY where he will pursue a M.S. in Materials Science & Engineering.
Phillip Stevenson (not pictured) has been accepted into the M.S. program in anesthesia at Case Western Reserve University in Houston, TX.

Departmental News

Several friends of the department of chemistry were recently honored at the University of Evansville Founders Day Alumni Awards luncheon. UE chemistry graduates Dr. Bob and Judy Wargel were presented with the Edie Bates Volunteer service Award, and Dr. Jean Beckman, professor emeritus of chemistry was given the Samuel Orr Honorary Alumni Award. Congratulations to Bob, Judy, and Jean for their tireless support of the University of Evansville, and our chemistry department!

Abby Smith, a junior professional chemistry major, has been named a 2015 Goldwater Scholar by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program. Established by the U.S. Congress in 1986 to honor the former senator from Arizona, this nationwide scholarship program is the premier undergraduate award of its type in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) fields. Abby conducts research with Dr. Andy Lampkins, assistant professor of chemistry, where she is creating a new paradigm in cancer treatment called “smart” therapeutics. Upon graduating next May, Abby plans to enroll in a Ph.D. program studying synthetic organic chemistry before seeking employment in the pharmaceutical industry.


This past fall, the department of chemistry hosted an alumni mixer at the Acropolis in Evansville, IN. Organized by our own Dr. Kristy Miller, this event brought together alumni from across the tri-state area, and faculty, for an evening of fun and reminiscing.

Undergraduate research is thriving in the UE Department of Chemistry!

Students that performed research last summer were busy this academic year presenting their results at conferences throughout the Midwest, including the 2014 Midwest Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society in Columbia, MO, the Indiana/Kentucky Border Local Section of the American Chemical Society poster session in Evansville, IN, and the Butler University Undergraduate Research Conference in Indianapolis, IN. Student presenters include: Matt Abele, Steph Hautsch, Michelle Lecklider, Jackson McGrath, Andrea Onyett, Christina Schilling, Abby Smith, and Maggie Somody.

This summer (summer of 2015) there will be eleven students conducting undergraduate research in the Department of Chemistry. Thank you to UExpore, Eykamp Endowed Research Chair Fund, the Beckman, Plane, and Wargel Endowment Funds as well as Eli Lilly for making this possible.

We were excited to welcome a large freshmen class of chemistry majors to our Department this past academic year, 21 in total! Best wishes toward their continued success here at UE!



Welcome Shannon Bryant, our new administrative assistant in the Department of Chemistry. Shannon began her position in March, and we are excited to have her join our team!

Student Profile: Lauren Roberts

Hometown/High School:
Sellersburg, IN; Silver Creek High School

Major:
Chemistry, Spanish minor

Year:
Freshman

Hobby:
Play volleyball and bake

Most influential figure (person) in your life:
My brother

Favorite thing about being a chemistry/biochemistry major:
I really enjoy the small class and lab sizes. It makes learning more personal.

Favorite thing about being a student at UE:
I love that I am so close with a lot of my professors. They know more about me than just my name, they know me as a person and what I want to do with my future.

Favorite "experience" as a UE chemistry/biochemistry major:
My Organic Chemistry lab, it only has seven people in it. I feel like I’m learning so much more because of that.

What do you plan to do after graduating:
Attend Indiana University School of Medicine Evansville and become a doctor.

Student Profile: Matt Abele

Hometown/High School:
Loveland, Ohio; Archbishop Moeller High School

Major:
Professional Chemistry

Year:
Sophomore

Hobby:
Rooting for the Cincinnati Reds, Sports (all of them), singing, board/card games

Most influential figure (person) in your life:
My dad

Favorite thing about being a chemistry/biochemistry major:
Making new things from readily available materials.

Favorite thing about being a student at UE:
The personalized attention available to every student due to small class sizes and a small campus community in general...it’s like we're family!

Favorite "experience" as a UE chemistry/biochemistry major:
The hands on experiences and one-on-one teacher interactions that results from those opportunities—like using the NMR and summer research.

What do you plan to do after graduating:
Either graduate school or find a job, that has yet to be determined.

Student Profile: Abby Smith

Hometown/High School:
Franklin, Indiana / Franklin Community High School

Major:
Professional Chemistry

Year:
Junior

Hobby:
Swimming, reading, traveling

Most influential figure (person) in your life:
My mom

Favorite thing about being a chemistry/biochemistry major:
I really enjoy all of the opportunities that the program provides. I have had hands on experience working with instruments and in research labs. I feel as if I have been provided with so much to help me succeed and be ahead in my field after I graduate.

Favorite thing about being a student at UE:
I really love the faculty. I feel as if I have good relationships with all of my professors. They are always willing to help. The small class sizes makes the learning experience much more unique!

Favorite "experience" as a UE chemistry/biochemistry major:
My favorite experience was research on a drug design project with Dr. Lampkins. I have learned so much more than I could have imagined. I also became friends with many other student researchers in the process!

What do you plan to do after graduating:
I hope to go to graduate school after I graduate and earn my Ph.D in Synthetic Organic Chemistry.

Awards and Banquets

The Indiana-Kentucky border section of the American Chemical Society gives cash awards and a certificate to the Outstanding Sophomore, Junior and Senior students. A CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics is presented to the Outstanding Freshman student. All of these awards were recognized at the annual Chemistry Awards banquet held at the Acropolis on April 29. This year's award winners are:
Outstanding Senior: Katie Prosser
Outstanding Junior: Abby Smith
Outstanding Sophomore: Matt Abele
Outstanding Freshman: Hannah Clark & Humza Khan
Pitt Lab Assistant Award: Nathan Winters

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