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    Connections Newsletter
    Issue 3                                                                                                                                         Spring Semester 2012


    A Note from the Collaborative Director

    Undergraduate Research: Adjusting to Life at a Liberal Arts College

    2012-2013 McNair Scholars

    Fall-Summer Collaborative Grants

    Convention Spotlight



    • Kaela Gedda
    • Jens Paasen
    • Gretchen Panzer
    • Hannah Schmitt
    • Luanne Spence
    • Sarah Titus

    Collaborative Research Stories

    Important Dates

    May 4, 2012 Student Academic Travel Grant and Attendee Grant applications due

    McNair Scholars 2012-2013

    Louis Ayensu-Mensah 

    Chemistry Major, French Minor

    I was born in Ghana and came to the U.S. seven years ago. I am on the men’s soccer team and also, the track & field team. I am currently a junior with a chemistry major and French minor. I have been doing chemistry research with Dr. Kurstan Cunningham for the last two years. For the last two years, we worked on the photochemical properties of copper complexes with 1,10-phenanthroline and its derivatives. The phenanthroline complexes give off energy when light shines on it, and even though this particular research is not as effective as photosynthesis, the main idea is something relative to that. So far, the cost of the reagents do not make them very applicable for making feasible alternative sources of energy, but they are very important in research because they are good at making more qualitative research by mimicking what ruthenium complexes do. Since copper is less expensive than ruthenium, this research is actually a cheaper way to work with phenanthroline complexes. So far, I am not completely certain about what I intend to do in graduate school, but it know it will be something chemistry related – probably in inorganic or analytical chemistry. Right now, I know I am going to graduate school and through the McNair program, I hope to get some extra help in the application to and transition into graduate school. mcnairLApic





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