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Silvestri, '15, Enjoying Chemistry in the Lab, on the Field

Joe Silvestri, '15
Joe Silvestri, '15, spent his summer gaining real-world experience in hopes it will give him an edge when its time to apply for medical school. The Detroit Catholic High School product, who achieved distinction on the all-MIAA first team in men's lacrosse last spring, went to work in Cliff Harris' chemistry lab before returning to metro Detroit to continue shadowing physicians.

Gitre, '14, Goes West for Chemistry Research Experience

Haley Gitre, '14
Haley Gitre, a Dean's List student who has achieved distinction on the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association’s Academic Honor Roll three times during her career with the Albion volleyball team, was rewarded for her academic efforts this summer through her internship in Jared Shaw’s lab at the University of California Davis. Gitre's internship was sponsored by the National Science Foundation’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates program.

Puzzles in Polymers: Joe Thomas, '14, at BASF


"If you use sunscreen, detergents, paint, garden-care products or a car, chances are you own something that uses BASF technology," writes chemistry major Joe Thomas, '14. "BASF is the largest chemical company in the world, but not many people know their name because they don’t put out many products straight to the shelves. It has more than 40 U.S. operations, and I'm spending the summer with BASF’s Wyandotte site in the High Temperature Polymerization Group."

Kayleigh Harvey, '15: Managing Horses on Mackinac Island

Kayleigh Harvey, '15
"One of the best parts of my summer job is meeting with my bosses. I'm the barn manager for the Mackinac Community Equestrian Center and we do a lot of event planning while we're on rides. The trail is a great place to think, and I have been given some of the best advice I have ever received on them."

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