Congratulations to senior undergrad James Cox, who won the ACS Division of Organic Chemistry Undergraduate Award in Organic Chemistry! This award is intended to recognize senior students who display a significant aptitude for organic chemistry and to encourage further interest in the field. We're not in anyway surprised, because we are well aware of James' excellence in organic chemistry. Soon though, he will leave us to join the chemistry department at Princeton University! Congrats again James, and we wish you the best of luck in grad school!
Our lab clearly has the best undergrads! Our very own James Cox was named a 2018 Goldwater Scholar (1 out of 211 students picked from 1,280 applicants!) in addition to winning a departmental fellowship! We all knew James was one in a million, but now other people are confirming it.
For more information about James, see the department news page (https://chem.umn.edu/news/james-cox-named-2018-goldwater-scholar).
Our most recent paper (The Effect of Proximal Functionality on the Allylic Azide Equilibrium) was selected to design the cover art for an upcoming issue of the European Journal of Organic Chemistry! The art was done by local artist/illustrator/author Drew Brockington (http://brockart.format.com/). To see it up close and learn more about it, visit http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ejoc.201701430/full
Congrats to Mary, James and Vicky!
In collaboration with Market Science (https://marketsci.org/), we went to the state fair to teach kids from all over about how fun chemistry can be! I don't know who had more fun: the kids, the adults, or us volunteers! Overall, we taught over 400 people about ocean acidification, precipitation reactions, catalysis, and how to make slime!To learn more about STEM Day at the state fair, visit http://www.mnstatefair.org/entertainment/special_days_events.html or https://www.facebook.com/MNSTEMDay/
Our lab just keeps churning out the papers! Already, paper number three is in the European Journal of Organic Chemistry. Way to go, Mary, James, and Vicky!
Our Chemistry Market Science exhibit was so popular that we got asked back! This time, we went to the Nokomis Farmer's Market. We were so busy though, teaching everyone the joys of chemistry, that we forgot to take pictures. But at least we spread our knowledge and hopefully our love of chemistry.