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Delaware chemistry students honored

For the first time, all participating University of Delaware undergraduate chemistry majors were selected for awards for their undergraduate research presentations at the 66th annual Intercollegiate Student Chemists Convention, held Saturday, April 20, at Lebanon Valley College, in Annville, Pa. This also was the first time that all of the presenters were female.

UD senior Valerie Dzubeck of Boonton, N.J., placed first in Organic Chemistry I for her presentation “Design and Synthesis of Redox Potential Probes.”

Senior Kristine Nolin of Hockessin placed first in Organic Chemistry II for her presentation “Total Synthesis of Ginsenol.”

Senior Michele Jablonski of Hazelton, Pa., placed second in Analytical Chemistry II for her presentation “The Characterization of Binding Media Using Thermal Desorption Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry.”

Senior Allison Olszewski of Kennett Square, Pa., placed second in Organic Chemistry I for her presentation “Synthesis of Estrogen Analogs and their Light-Activated Transcription Regulation.”

These four awards pushed the total number of awards won over the years by UD to 75. UD has had a first place winner since 1949, when the earliest records became available.

The first ISCC was organized in 1936 and it is believed to be the oldest continuously held convention of this type in North America. This year’s meeting involved the presentation of 55 research papers by students representing 15 different colleges and universities in the Middle Atlantic region.

The plenary lecture was presented by a 1963 UD alumni Professor Ned Heidel, the Howard S. Bunn Chair of Chemistry at Lehigh University and a past president of the American Chemical Society.

The UD students were escorted by John L. Burmeister, UD Alumni Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

May 3, 2002