Alex received a TA award to support his work on designing a new biochemistry-oriented version of Chem 112. Alex will also be designing review modules for incoming students covering important Chem 110B concepts in the form of practice problems, informational videos, and review texts.
Sonic led an outreach event alled "Summer Scientist". It was an "in-person" outreach event that happened in partnership with the CRPR (Centre Region Parks and Rec) where we rented a park pavilion to have fun guided chemistry demos for 45 mins.
We did lava lamps, ice fishing, and made ice cream!
Sonic was selected for a Service Award in recognition of his many contrbutions to outreach within the chemistry department
The Zarzar lab received support from the NSF CAREER program for their research on laser direct writing
Rebecca was awarded a NASA Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium (PSGC) Graduate Fellowship
Leo was selected for an Erickson Discovery Grant
Congrats to Ciera who received a 2018-2019 Chemistry Graduate Student Teaching Award
Congrats to Ashley on her McNair Scholars research presentation
Putting on 'Sweet Science' themed demos for participants at the 50th annual PA Special Olympics. Many students from our group signed up to volunteer at different times throughout the day.
Amy wins 1st place in the Materials Visualization Competition and the Robert E. Newnham Award for Research Excellence
Yoshi was awarded an Erickson Discovery Grant
Krista was awarded a TA award to implement a new redox chemistry lab in CHEM 111 that would incorporate a real-world application. Specifically, Krista will develop a forensic chemistry lab framed as a murder mystery using transition metals and DNA samples in order to foster student engagement and understanding of a challenging subject.
In the State College Graduate Women in Science Chapter (GWIS), Ciera was elected Co-chair for the Young Women in STEM Workshops along with Ryan Myers for the 2021-2022 academic year.
Sonic participated in an outreach project with other PSU students in which they created videos of themselves sharing a talent or greeting and produced it into a video collage for residents at nursing homes. Their efforts were highlighted in this story.
Ashley was honored with the Peter Craig Breen Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Chemistry Research
Lauren was awarded a Rustum and Della Roy Innovation in Materials Research award at Materials Day 2019
Our color-shifting technology won the People's Choice award at the Invent Penn State Tech Tournament
Shannon McGee was awarded a fall 2019 $4k Continuing Graduate TA award for her proposal to create lab technique and safety videos that would be uploaded on Canvas prior to the lab period for organic 203 and 213W lab courses. These videos would demonstrate relevant safety practices and techniques to the students for the upcoming lab period before they arrive so they can be more prepared and see how a more experienced TA approaches the experiment.
We ran a session in the 2019 Make it Matter summer camp and taught students about surfactants and emulsions
Caleb wins 2nd place in the Materials Visualization Competition and 3rd in the MatSE poster competition
Ciera, Sonic, Rebecca, and Shannon led a virtual outreach activity in the Make it Matter summer camp to teach campers cool aspects of color and emulsions
Rebecca and team worked to film a series of demos relating to surface and liquid chemistry for the Young Women in STEM Workshop for girls between the 5th and 10th grades. Activities range from fun, colorful demonstrations of diffusion to boat racing driven by surface tension changes.
Caleb was honored with the Newnham Award for Research Excellence from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Penn State
Nabila won second place at the PPG Elevator Pitch Competition for a pitch on her research related to laser direct writing
Amy has been selected for a Benkovic Summer Undergraduate Research Award
Shannon McGee was awarded the $4K Continuing Graduate Student TA Award in Spring 2020 to continue her proposed project from Fall ‘19 of creating safety and technique videos for organic lab courses CHEM 213W and 203 with a heavy focus on instrumentation, sample preparation, and spectral analysis.
Ashley and Sonic showcased their work on iridescent structural color at the Science Writers conference.
Congrats to Wilanyi for a great REU poster presentation
We shared "Structural Colors of Everyday Materials" with visitors to the PA Arts Fest at the Art of Discovery Booth
Yoshi was awarded the George W. Brindley Award in Nonmetallic Crystal Chemistry from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Alex was selected for the Harold F. Martin Graduate Assistant Outstanding Teaching Award from the Graduate School