Department News

Chem/Biochem Students Recognized at Honors Convocation

The Chemistry Department congratulates all of our students who were recognized during the 2013 Honors Convocation:

Phi Beta Kappa:  Jordan Brand, Kimberly Leverenz, Alex Nanna, Mitchell Pender, Trevor Peterson, William Sturdavant

Sigma Xi:  Hannah Allgaier, Michael Dix, Grace Dougherty, Erica Earl, Eric Fink, Hayley Gerber, Joseph Jones, Alex Nanna, Phu Khat Nwe, Mitchell Pender, Trevor Peterson, Brandon Sams, Stephanie Sanders, Krysta Schroeder, Joseph Thomas

Departmental Honors: Christopher Kruppe, Alex Nanna, Phu Khat Nwe, Krysta Schroeder, William Sturdavant, Cassuandra Waun

David L. Randall Award for the Outstanding Senior Chemistry Major: Alex Nanna and Mitchell Pender

Marvin F. Grostic Chemistry Scholarship: Victoria Sochor and Alexander Tu

Richard K. Vitek Chemistry Scholarship:  Anne Galus, Stephanie Sanders, and William Schmidt

Daniel M. Steffenson Endowed Chemistry Scholarship: Corbin Livingston

David W. Green Endowed Chemistry Scholarship: Michael Dix

Albion Students Win Awards in Environmental Chemistry

Two Albion College students, working alongside chemistry professor Kevin Metz, are two of 25 from across the country to gain Undergraduate Student Awards in Environmental Chemistry from the Division of Environmental Chemistry of the American Chemical Society (ACS).

Anna Miller, a biology major from Grand Haven who holds a concentration in environmental science, and Stephanie Sanders, a first-year chemistry major from Farmington, were students in Metz’s fall class that ran experiments on the uptake and impact of small particles of silver by Brassica rapa, plants such as turnips and mustard that have a complete life cycle of 44 days.

Kruppe Finds Right Mix for Chemistry, Baseball

Albion's early-morning baseball practices allowed Chris Kruppe to work in the chemistry lab.
Albion's early-morning baseball practices allowed Chris Kruppe to work in the chemistry lab.

Under the direction of Professor Kevin Metz, Albion College chemistry students have successfully synthesized nanoparticles and attached them to other structures in the lab. Lyndsey Reynolds, '11, received the best poster award at the Midwestern Undergraduate Symposium on Research in Chemistry after successfully soaking small particles of palladium into a plastic membrane. Chris Kruppe, '13, hopes to take the next step as he begins to work toward a plan to form the nanoparticles into cube shapes.

Kruppe, a Naperville, Ill., native who is getting a serious look as the starting catcher for the baseball team, will take a weekend off the diamond in late March to attend the American Chemical Society (ACS) meeting in San Diego where he will present a poster about the beginning of his work in the lab.

Reynolds' Breakthrough Leads to Best Poster Award

Lyndsey Reynolds testing a flow-through method of pushing reactants through the palladium-soaked membrane,Lyndsey Reynolds testing a flow-through method of pushing reactants through the palladium-soaked membrane.Albion College chemistry students working in Professor Kevin Metz’s lab have learned that patience is important through Lyndsey Reynolds’ breakthrough, which led to her winning a best poster award at the Midwestern Undergraduate Symposium on Research in Chemistry at Michigan State University.

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