alex_edited.jpg

July 2021

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.

alex_edited.jpg

July 2021

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!

alex_edited.jpg

May 2021

Sonic was selected for a Service Award in recognition of his many contrbutions to outreach within the chemistry department

alex_edited.jpg

February 2021

The Zarzar lab received support from the NSF CAREER program for their research on laser direct writing

alex_edited.jpg

November 2020

Lauren was among the 36 scientists and eningeers selected for a 2020 AFOSR Young Investigator Award 

alex_edited.jpg

May 2020

Rebecca was awarded a NASA Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium (PSGC) Graduate Fellowship

alex_edited.jpg

March 2020

Leo was selected for an Erickson Discovery Grant

alex_edited.jpg

December 2019

Congrats to Ciera who received a 2018-2019 Chemistry Graduate Student Teaching Award

alex_edited.jpg

October 2019

Lauren was selected as one of the 2019 Packard Fellows

alex_edited.jpg

August 2019

Lauren was selected as one of C&EN's "Talented 12". Link to article

alex_edited.jpg

July 2019

Congrats to Ashley on her McNair Scholars research presentation

alex_edited.jpg

June 2019

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.

alex_edited.jpg

April 2019

Amy wins 1st place in the Materials Visualization Competition and the Robert E. Newnham Award for Research Excellence

alex_edited.jpg

March 2019

Yoshi was awarded an Erickson Discovery Grant

alex_edited.jpg

July 2021

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.

alex_edited.jpg

June 2021

We're getting involved in ChemTalk. Check it out!

alex_edited.jpg

May 2021

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.

alex_edited.jpg

December 2020

Rebecca's review article was selected for the cover of Chemical Physics Reviews

alex_edited.jpg

June 2020

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. 

alex_edited.jpg

May 2020

Ashley was honored with the Peter Craig Breen Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Chemistry Research

alex_edited.jpg

February 2020

Lauren was selected for a Sloan Research Fellowship

alex_edited.jpg

October 2019

Lauren was awarded a Rustum and Della Roy Innovation in Materials Research award at Materials Day 2019

alex_edited.jpg

October 2019

Our color-shifting technology won the People's Choice award at the Invent Penn State Tech Tournament

alex_edited.jpg

August 2019

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.  

alex_edited.jpg

July 2019

We ran a session in the 2019 Make it Matter summer camp and taught students about surfactants and emulsions

alex_edited.jpg

April 2019

Lauren was selected for the Unilever Award from the ACS Colloid and Surface Chemistry Division.

alex_edited.jpg

April 2019

Caleb wins 2nd place in the Materials Visualization Competition and 3rd in the MatSE poster competition

alex_edited.jpg

July 2021

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

alex_edited.jpg

May 2021

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.

alex_edited.jpg

March 2021

Caleb was honored with the Newnham Award for Research Excellence from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Penn State

alex_edited.jpg

December 2020

Yoshi has been selected as the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences student marshal for the University's Fall 2020 commencement ceremony. News story

alex_edited.jpg

June 2020

Nabila won second place at the PPG Elevator Pitch Competition for a pitch on her research related to laser direct writing

alex_edited.jpg

April 2020

Amy has been selected for a Benkovic Summer Undergraduate Research Award

alex_edited.jpg

January 2020

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.

alex_edited.jpg

October 2019

Ashley and Sonic showcased their work on iridescent structural color at the Science Writers conference.

alex_edited.jpg

September 2019

Our group's research is featured in WIRED

alex_edited.jpg

August 2019

Congrats to Wilanyi for a great REU poster presentation

alex_edited.jpg

July 2019

We shared "Structural Colors of Everyday Materials" with visitors to the PA Arts Fest at the Art of Discovery Booth

alex_edited.jpg

April 2019

Yoshi was awarded the George W. Brindley Award in Nonmetallic Crystal Chemistry from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering

alex_edited.jpg

March 2019

Alex was selected for the Harold F. Martin Graduate Assistant Outstanding Teaching Award from the Graduate School