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Chemistry

Research Opportunities

Students are among Hamilton's most important researchers in chemistry, working closely with professors in a variety of fields. In connection with their senior projects or as senior fellows, senior students do research with faculty members. Some juniors, sophomores and even first-year students work in the laboratory during the academic year and summer. In addition to the 30 or so students who participate in campus chemistry research each summer, Hamilton students pursue summer research at other colleges, at government laboratories and in industry.

In recent years, students have presented research at the National Organic Symposium, at the national meeting of the American Chemical Society and at an international symposium of the Quantum Theory Project. Hamilton students won the outstanding poster award at an international symposium for two consecutive years. Students also have co-authored papers published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, the Journal of Organic Chemistry, the Journal of Physical Chemistry, the Journal of Chemical Physics, the Journal of Luminescence, Tetrahedron Letters and Biochemistry.

From left; Steve Young, Pat Marris '16, Erin Lewis '18, David Dacres '18 and Prof. Adam Van Wynsberghe,
Hamilton Students Present at MERCURY Conference

Patrick Marris ’16, David Dacres ’18 and Erin Lewis’18 presented the results of their summer research projects during the 14th annual Molecular Educational Research Consortium in Undergraduate computational chemistRY (MERCURY) conference. The conference was held July 23-25 at Bucknell University.  More ...

Jon Shapiro, working on his project  “Investigating New Reactions of Alpha-iminorhodium carbenoids.”
Jon Shapiro ’17 Studies Chemical Reactions With Biological Activity

This summer, Jon Shapiro ’17 is working with Assistant Professor of Chemistry Max Majireck to explore molecules with potential, biological application. Shapiro hopes not only to create such a molecule, but he also hopes to develop an understanding of how best to create it.  More ...

Paricipants in the 2015 Summer Organic Research Symposium (SmORS).
Hamilton Hosts SmORS

Organic chemistry research students from Hamilton, Colgate University and Hobart and William Smith Colleges convened to report on their summer research on July 8 when Hamilton’s chemistry department hosted the annual meeting of the Summer Organic Research Symposium (SmORS).  More ...

Marta Antoniv '17 talks with Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry Daniel Griffith '07.
Marta Antoniv ’17 Probes Ring Structures and Applied Organic Chemistry

When Marta Antoniv ’17 explains her summer research, she pulls out a pencil and paper. Antoniv is working alongside Assistant Visiting Professor of Chemistry Daniel Griffith ’07 to help identify a novel method of synthesizing nitrogen-containing, seven-membered rings, a process which may aid researchers in developing pharmaceutical drugs. Thankfully, she provided an explanation.  More ...

Sharif Shrestha '17 sketches out ideas in the Levitt Center.
Sharif Shrestha ’17 Works on Course Design With Prof. Majireck

Sharif Shrestha ’17 is staying on campus this summer working with assistant professor Max Majireck on a project at the crossroads of biological chemistry, education, economics and entrepreneurship. Shrestha is helping Majireck design certain elements of the chemistry 360 course, Organic Synthesis Toward Improved Human Health, a writing-intensive course aimed at helping students understand the professional realities of drug discovery and the behind-the-scenes elements of creating new drugs.  More ...

Left to right: Professor Karen Brewer, Mia Kang ’17, Rich Wenner ’17, Liz DaBramo ’15, Assistant Professor Adam Van Wynsberghe, Esther Cleary ’15, Jordan Graziadei ’15, Professor Emeritus Robin Kinnel and Tracy Williamson, ’85.
Hamilton Students Attend 249th ACS National Meeting and Exposition

Five Hamilton students attended the 249th American Chemical Society National Meeting and Exposition held in Denver from  March 21 to March 26. Attendees were seniors Esther Cleary, Liz DaBramo, and Jordan Graziadei along with sophomores Mia Kang and Rich Wenner. Students participated in a variety of seminars representing a large breadth of chemistry and networked with industry professionals and representatives of graduate programs.  More ...

The reactor being built by Ben Wesley  '16 and Prof. Max Majireck.
Ben Wesley ’16 Receives Sigma Xi Grant for Research with Prof. Majireck

Junior biochemistry concentrator Ben Wesley received a Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research (GIAR) award for a proposal titled “Development of a Continuous Flow Reactor for Synthesis of Izidine Alkaloids.” Each year, several hundred to 1000 proposals are submitted to Sigma Xi to fund research-related expenses in many different areas of science.  The award program is highly competitive, and only about 15 percent of applications are funded.    More ...

Myriam Cotten
Cotten Awarded Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Grant

Associate Professor of Chemistry Myriam Cotten has been awarded a Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation Teacher-Scholar Award.  The Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program supports the research and teaching careers of talented young faculty in the chemical sciences at undergraduate institutions. The award is based on accomplishment in scholarly research with undergraduates, as well as a compelling commitment to teaching, and provides an unrestricted research grant of $60,000. Cotten is one of seven national awardees and the first Hamilton faculty member to receive the award.  More ...

Andrew Szatkowski ‘15
Developing a New Generation of Solar Panels

Andrew Szatkowski ’15, a chemistry major, is spending part of the summer doing cutting-edge research on solar cell technology as an intern with the Thomas Bein group at Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich, Germany. The prestigious internship was awarded through the non-profit German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst – DAAD), and is funded through the Class of 1964 Internship Support Fund.  More ...

Chemistry Students Present at MERCURY Conference

Patrick Marris ’16, Mia Kang ’17 and Richard Wenner ’17 presented the results of their summer research projects during the 13th annual Molecular Educational Research Consortium in Undergraduate computational chemistRY (MERCURY) conference. The conference was held July 24-26 at Bucknell University.  More ...

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