What’s Happening in Chemistry Circles

Issue #120 November 7, 2005

         web address: http://www.chem.tamu.edu/ugrad/

[a publication of the Department of Chemistry at Texas A&M University]

written by Dr. John L. Hogg



              The 18th annual Chemistry Open House was held on Saturday, October 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event was organized by Dr. Wendy Keeney-Kennicutt, associate director of the first-year chemistry program, and, as usual, the event was a big success. A crowd estimated at over 1000 enjoyed all the activities on an absolutely gorgeous day. Volunteers included staff, faculty and students from Chemistry and several other science departments on campus.


            Preregistration for the spring 2006 term is set to begin November 17 with Honors early registration. Each student will be assigned a registration start time and have 48 hours from that start time to complete registration. The start times are totally random within a certain classification. Classifications are based on the current semester and not on what your classification will be at the end of the semester. By now enrolled students should have received a Neo e-mail notifying them their start date and time. This should have been done by November 4. Check the following web site for additional information: http://register.tamu.edu/

You may check the on-line schedule of courses at: http://courses.tamu.edu/default.aspx?x=p5kMMrwNmBBssG87Nu1viA== by clicking on Courses at the very top right corner of the main TAMU web page (http://www.tamu.edu/).

            Chemistry majors will want to note the following.

             Because of anticipated crowding in the Chemistry 234 sections, we are encouraging B.A. chemistry majors especially to consider postponing their registration in Chemistry 234 until the fall semester. B.A. students have more schedule flexibility than B.S. students when it comes to labs so we are asking that this be done on a voluntary basis. If the labs are oversubscribed, it may be necessary for me to ask some B.A. students to delay their Chemistry 234 enrollment to allow B.S. students to take the course in the spring semester.

            All B.S. and B.A. chemistry majors must take Chemistry 234 (offered in both the fall and spring semesters now) after taking Chemistry 231 (or Chemistry 237 in some cases) but only B.S. students are required to take Chemistry 334 after taking Chemistry 325. B.A. majors take the sequence Chemistry 325/326 instead. Chemistry majors must take the special section of Chemistry 228 taught by Dr. Hogg or the honor’s section taught by Dr. Harding unless they have permission from Dr. Tiner or Dr. Hogg to do otherwise.

            Several chemistry electives are offered this spring. You should note that Chemistry 462 requires completion of Chemistry 362 now. Chemistry 362 (Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry) is now the required inorganic course for B.S. chemistry majors and may count as an advanced elective for B.A. chemistry majors. Chemistry 462 may count as an advanced elective for B.S. or B.A. chemistry majors.

            Carefully check the degree plan requirements and core curriculum requirements in your particular catalog when planning your schedule. You may do a degree audit by going to myrecord.tamu.edu. Click on current students once you are there and then click on the degree audit request option. Please contact me if you have difficulty interpreting your degree audit. As always, continue to call Ms. Warren at 845-0520 to schedule an advising appointment with Dr. Tiner or Dr. Hogg. Please do not send e-mails to schedule advising appointments.


            Students who plan to graduate in the spring 2006 semester should enter the diploma fee when they register and then check the main A&M web site (http://graduation.tamu.edu/) at the beginning of the spring semester to file their degree application online. 


            College of Science students will graduate on Friday morning, December 16 at 9 a.m. in Reed Arena. Check the following web site for more details: http://graduation.tamu.edu/


            Matt Rowan (B.S. 2004) sent the following news recently. “I hope all is going well for you in College Station, and that the young minds of America are still being wonderfully educated as always (by your wife, of course). My wife and I are doing well up here in Washington, DC and I will graduate with a Master's in Forensic Science with an emphasis in Forensic Toxicology from The George Washington University in the spring. Thank you again for all of your help with the recommendation letters; I can't help but think that your letter was one of the deciding factors in my acceptance here at GWU. It comes that time that I must think about employment or further education, and seeing as how the latter has much more appeal to me, I have decided to apply to a PhD program in Pharmacology/Toxicology. As before, I plan on applying to several to ease in the decision-making process, especially as it pertains to my wife's job relocation. Would there be any way you could write me another letter of recommendation? I was hoping that you could write one like before, and I will supply you with addresses, envelopes, etc. to ease the burden, but I certainly would not ask you for as many as before. I hope to send out my materials by Christmas, so I would need the letters back by the end of November. Please let me know whether or not you can do this, and I will gladly send you a copy of my CV, and all other necessary materials.

Thanks again,

Matt Rowan

MFS Candidate and University Fellow

The George Washington University

Dept. of Forensic Science

2836 New Providence CT

Falls Church, VA 22042



            Peter Duong (B.S., 2000) dropped by on Friday October 29. He is still teaching at Kempner High School.

            Several former students have made outstanding presentations to the Horizons in Chemistry class (Chem 100). We were excited to visit with Sarah Holt (B.A. 2003), Melissa (Supak) Valdadez (B.S. 2000), Eric Bowers (B.S. 2000) and Leah Whiteker (B.S. 2002) within the past month. They spoke about pharmacy school, forensic chemistry, law and the Navy’s nuclear science program, respectively. The students enjoyed their insights into these different career paths taken after completion of their chemistry degrees.


            LeAnthony Holliness and Angelica Cantillo, senior B.A. and B.S. chemistry majors, respectively, have been by Procter & Gamble Pharmaceuticals in Cincinnati, Ohio to attend a special Research and Development Colloquium from November 6-8, 2005. They each received an all-expenses paid trip to this event.


            Almost all of the students who currently hold Hach Scientific Foundation Scholarships for students who plan to become high school chemistry teachers had the opportunity to meet with Bryce Hach, director of Scholarship and University Relations, on either October 26th or 27th. Most were able to attend enjoy a meal with Mr. Hach and one or more College of Science representatives or chemistry faculty members. Those able to participate were Claire Borne, Carissa Smith, Jenna Nelson, Lauren Nieto, Traci Germer, and Brian Cole. Tabitha Chandler and Anton Truong also currently hold this scholarship but were unable to make the meetings. Truong and Germer are both doing their student teaching this fall.



            Additions, deletions and changes to the University Student Rules may occur over the course of the academic year. Significant revisions will be communicated through The Battalion, Aggie Hotline, appropriate university offices and the TAMU Student Rules website. See the attached list of the sections of the student rules that have been recently revised and can be viewed at




            Students should be aware that more than $300,000 in scholarships, not to mention other types of financial assistance in the form of state and federal aid, are available every year to students engaged in programs abroad. Any student can qualify for some form of financial aid, and financial aid award packages can possibly be increased if a student studies abroad. By working with the Study Abroad Programs Office and Student Financial Aid, students can obtain more information and assistance locating funs for an international experience. For more information on funding and other information pertaining to study abroad, please go to our advisors' web page: http://studyabroad.tamu.edu/advisors.asp.



"Francie came away from her first chemistry lecture in a glow. In one hour she found out that everything was made up of atoms which were in continual motion. She grasped the idea that nothing was ever lost or destroyed. Even if something was burned up or rot away, it did not disappear from the face of the earth; it changed into something else - gases, liquids, and powders. Everything, decided Francie after that first lecture, was vibrant with life and there was no death in chemistry. She was puzzled as to why learned people didn't adopt chemistry as a religion" ---A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith, 1943)