Participants in the annual Summer Organic Research Symposium
Participants in the annual Summer Organic Research Symposium

At the end of their summer research, students from Hamilton, Colgate University. and Hobart and William Smith Colleges who did projects in organic chemistry gathered at Hamilton to present their results in a symposium on July 25. Each student spoke for 15 minutes and then responded to questions. A cookout at the Babbitt Pavilion followed.

Hamilton students who participated were Katie Vaughan ’13, Gabrielle Fleming ’14, Dan Mermelstein ’14 and Bryce Timm ’15, who had all been carrying out research under the direction of Robin Kinnel, Silas D. Childs Professor emeritus.  The major thrust of Kinnel’s research centers on the chemistry of natural products, and each of the students worked on a different, but related project.

This meeting began as a cooperative venture between the organic chemists at Hamilton and Colgate about 16 years ago.  The symposium has alternated its venue between Hamilton and Colgate, and for years it was termed “CHOG” for Colgate-Hamilton Organic Group.  However, the addition of students and their faculty mentor from Hobart has necessitated a name change, and it is now referred to as “SmORS,” or SuMmer Organic Research Symposium.

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