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Hamilton Hosts SmORS Organic Chemistry Symposium


The Chemistry Department recently hosted organic chemistry students and faculty from Colgate University and Hobart and William Smith Colleges for SmORS, the annual Summer Organic Research Symposium.

Karen Brewer, the Silas D. Childs Professor in Agricultural Chemistry, opened the conference with welcoming remarks. Students from the research groups gave talks about the projects they had been working on since the semester ended.

Danielle McConnell ’20, Amy Glanzer ’21, Holly Hutchinson ’21, and Paul Hart ’20 from the Majireck group and Andrew Barstow ’20 and Liuhui Xiao’21 from the Kinnel lab presented in the morning, along with two groups each from Colgate and Hobart and William Smith.

Following lunch, presentations continued with talks from Elijah Marris ’21 and Gavin Schaefer-Hood ’21 from the Blum lab, Eddie Allen ’20 and Brian Lawson ’20 from the Rosenstein group, and Anthony Chianese’s Colgate students.

SmORS provides an excellent opportunity for the students to hear about projects at the other schools as well as to interact professionally and socially. The eight faculty members from the three institutions also take advantage of the same opportunities.

This summer symposium originated about 25 years ago as an event between Hamilton and Colgate. Hobart and William Smith joined about eight years ago.

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