What=s Happening in Chemistry Circles

Issue #82

May 1, 2000

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

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

written by Dr. John L. Hogg


ACS Student Affiliate Awards Banquet

    The outstanding undergraduate chemistry majors were honored at the ACS Student Affiliate banquet held on Friday, April 28 at the Memorial Student Center on the A&M campus. ACS Student Affiliate President Melissa Supak was the mistress of ceremonies at the banquet which attracted about 80 undergraduates, parents, faculty and friends.

    Drs. Hogg and Tiner presented the awards for outstanding accomplishment by undergraduate chemistry majors. The money for these awards came from the Department of Chemistry and the Texas A&M Section of the American Chemical Society. Recipients were selected by the members of the Department=s Undergraduate Awards Committee. Congratulations to these outstanding students!

    Chemistry Department Outstanding Undergraduate Award ($200 and a certificate) - Given to the outstanding senior.

Thomas F. Miller, III

    Chemistry Department Achievement Awards ($50 and a certificate) - Given to a few outstanding junior and senior chemistry majors based on GPR and other factors.

    Seniors (4th Year Students)

Andrew C. Bolin, Traci D. Clark, William S. Horne, Christopher H.-Y. Loo, Julie R. Orf, Kyle N. Plunkett, Zsila S. Sadighi, and Courtney L. Sherman

    Juniors(3rd Year Students)

Aurelie L. Buckelew, Margaret T. Haring, Reagan R. Hughes, Timmy A. Kovoor, Sean N. Liddick, Elaine A. Lloren and Elise L. Waltman

    Outstanding Chemistry Majors in Sophomore Organic ($50 and a certificate): Six outstanding students were chosen for this award. They are:

    Honor=s Section

Jared L. Hudson, Jessica E. Raushel and Thomas H. Smith

    Major=s Section

Trevor L. Clayton, Erin N. Guidry and Bradley A. Rowland

    Merck Index Award (a copy of the Merck Index presented by Merck) - Given to a graduating senior planning to attend medical school, vet school or dental school.

Van A Johnson, Jr.

    CRC Outstanding Chemistry Majors in the Chemistry 103/104 Course (a copy of the CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics presented by CRC, a $25 check and a departmental certificate) Four students were chosen to receive this award. They are:

    Honor=s Section

Sarah M. Holt

    Non-Honors Section

Anna M. Allred, Amelia J. Hessheimer and Marinette A. Jones

    Hugh McLean Jr. Award ($200) - Given to a graduating senior who has shown outstanding dedication and perseverance in pursuit of the degree.

Trieu X. Nguyen

    ACS Leadership Award ($100 check presented by the local ACS section) - Recognition for outstanding contributions to the local ACS section and student affiliate chapter.

Melissa L. Supak

    Outstanding Analytical Chemistry Student ($50 check and subscription to Analytical Chemistry ) - The award for outstanding accomplishment in Chemistry 415 went to:

Christopher H.-Y. Loo



    Thomas F. Miller III and William Seth Horne were honored as recipients of the eighth annual Celanese Excellence Awards on April 25, 2000. The dinner honoring these students was hosted by Celanese, represented by Paul Torrance of the Corpus Christi Technical Center and Ms. Susan Spiering, Celanese Corporate Attorney and the after dinner speaker. Each recipient received a $500 check and will have his name inscribed on a nameplate on a departmental plaque which hangs in the Chemistry Building. The awards recognize outstanding academic and extracurricular activities by senior undergraduate chemistry majors. Identical awards were presented to three chemistry graduate students and five chemical engineering students at the dinner held in the Clayton Williams Alumni Center.

    The list of awards garnered by these students is very impressive and all of their accomplishments would fill several pages so let me just highlight a few.

    Tommy Miller will receive B.S. degree in chemistry at the May 2000 commencement ceremonies. He will also receive a degree in mathematics and a physics minor. Tommy can count the British Marshall Scholarship, a Barry Goldwater Scholarship and an NSF-Predoctoral Fellowship among his many awards. He has been conducting undergraduate research with Dr. Michael Hall since his freshman year and has several scientific publications and presentations at national symposia to his credit. Dr. Hall commented that he felt Tommy could have finished his Ph.D. simultaneously with the completion of his B.S. degree. He will have completed eight graduate-level classes in mathematics and chemistry when he graduates and has served as a tutor, a teaching assistant and an assistant cub scout den leader. He is also an accomplished cellist. He will use the $50,000 Marshall scholarship to study at University College in London next year before entering the Ph.D. program in chemistry at UC-Berkeley the following year.

    Seth Horne will also receive the B.S. degree in chemistry and also counts a Barry Goldwater Scholarships among his accomplishments. He has participated in the University Undergraduate Research Fellows program while conducting research with Dr. Robert Standaert. A founding member of the Lechner Hall String Quartet, Seth is also president of the Society for Creative Anachronism, a moderator of the National Issues Forums, and Chair of the MSC Conversations Committee, among other things. He will enter the Ph.D. program in chemistry at the Scripps Institute this fall.

    Congratulations to both of these outstanding students and fine young men!


    Congratulations go out to the following undergraduate chemistry majors who will receive their degrees in May and plan to continue study in graduate or professional programs or enter the Areal world.@

    Traci Clark will enter the Forensic Science Masters Program in Criminalistics at the University of New Haven this fall.

    Seth Horne will enter the Ph.D. program in chemistry at The Scripps Institute in San Diego this fall.

    Kyle Plunkett will enter the Ph.D. program in chemistry at the University of Illinois this fall. He will work with Dr. Jeffrey Moore and will actually join the group this summer. Kyle also received first place for his chemistry poster in the recent student research week competition at Texas A&M University. Kyle=s work with Dr. Bergbreiter dealt with ASynthesis of Diblock Copolymers Useful in Macromolecular Assemblies.@

    Tommy Miller was recently awarded a National Science Foundation Predoctoral Fellowships according to an NSF news release on March 23. NSF graduate fellows are promising young mathematicians, scientists and engineers who are expected to pursue lifelong careers marked by significant contributions to research, teaching and industrial applications in science, mathematics and engineering. The fellowships currently provide a stipend of $16,200 per year for full time graduate study. NSF also provides an annual cost-of-education allowance of $10,500 in lieu of all tuition and required fees at U.S. institutions. NSF graduate fellows may attend any appropriate non-profit U.S. or foreign institution of higher education. The three years of support may be used within a five-year window, during which time students may suspend receipt of their fellowship stipend in order to incorporate teaching or work experience into their graduate education.

    Andrew Bolin has been accepted into medical school at UT-Houston for the fall.

    Julie Orf will enter the graduate chemistry program at UCLA this fall.

    Derek Speakmon has accepted a position with the CIA.

    Valerie Meyers has been accepted into the graduate program in pathology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

    Erin Witt has accepted a position with Millipore Corporation where she interned last summer.


    Charles Hamilton, senior chemistry major, has been selected for a summer internship at Argonne National Labs in Alsume, Illinois. He=ll be working on a catalytic system to efficiently convert benzene to phenol.

    Leah Arrigo, senior chemistry major, has accepted the Actinide Sciences Summer School Program fellowship at Lawrence Livermore National Lab. She will be spending 8 weeks there. There were only 8 students accepted nationwide.


    Andy Powell (B.A. 1997) called recently to report that he is now in his third year of law school at Baylor University. He is getting married very soon to a teacher in the Waco school system. Andy=s e-mail address is: andy_powell@baylor.edu

    Stephen Ferro (B.S. 1997) is in his third year of graduate school at the University of Colorado in Boulder. He is getting married on June 3 according to Andy Powell.

    Angie Wacker (B.A. 1999), employed by the DEA, will be going to Basic Training for Chemists at the Justice Training Center in Quantico, VA for five weeks this summer. At the end of the summer she will be Aclan lab certified.@ This means she will be able to go on clandestine laboratory raids. She is currently still in training and has worked on identifying heroin, cocaine, marijuana, methamphetamines, etc. in the past three months.

    Lorraine Lyman (B.A. 1997) has decided to leave her position with Radian in Austin to return to school. She will enter the graduate chemistry program in analytical chemistry at Louisiana State University this fall to work with Dr. Isaiah Warner, a former TAMU chemistry faculty member.

    Ruben Garnica (B.S. 1997) stopped by recently and reported that he will be spending a year in Munich. Ruben is currently working toward the Ph.D. in chemistry at UC-Irvine. He has been awarded a DAAD Annual Grant for the year 2000-2001 to continue his graduate studies in Germany.

    Ben Cieslinski (B.S. 1998) sent along the following letter which I share with you. I'm still in Austin, working in the same building but for a different company. In six months, Radian International was bought out by one company, merged with another, sold off my laboratory, and now just merged with another. In all, my business cards are a mess. Make sure you stress the fact that the business world is VERY different than school.

    Currently, I work for STL-Austin, a division of Severn Trent Laboratories. We are now part of the largest environmental laboratory firm in the United States. I have moved from the Organic Extraction laboratory to the VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) lab. I have started running high performance GC/MS instruments for the determination of volatile compounds in air samples at ambient and source levels. It is by far the most analytical work I've ever done, and it's really tough, but I am thoroughly enjoying it!!! Hard work is still the most fun. Outside of work, I play in a volleyball league and a golf league. I also volunteer for Meals on Wheels and More, and for Habitat for Humanity."



    Kathryn Adele North was born on February 22, 2000. She was born at 5:38pm, weighed 9.5 lbs and was 21.5 inches long. Matt (B.S. 1994) and Vicki (B.S. 1994) are very proud parents. They have already projected Kathryn as class of 2022.



    Laboratory position available at EMPAK, Inc. in Deer Park. Wastewater treatment & wet chemistry experience preferred. Requirements: degree in Chemistry, strong math & science background, communication & computer skills, excellent organizational skills, management of technical data, wastewater analysis. Non-smoking facility. No phone calls. Mail or fax resume & salary requirements to:



2759 Battleground Road

P.O. Box 897

Deer Park, TX 77536

Fax: (281) 604-6179

Courtesy of Anthony Bundick (B.S. 1996).

    Champion Technologies has an opening for an Emulsion Breaker Chemist. Champion Technologies is a privately owned specialty chemical company headquartered in Houston, Texas and concentrating on the oilfield service business. Champion's product lines include proprietary products that are designed to combat "downhole" and surface equipment related oilfield production problems such as internal corrosion, flow assurance, and water-oil separation. The Company has a significant presence in the major oilfield areas of the world, and Champion continues to invest substantially in its technical support and research activities. The Company's goal is to be recognized as the leader in developing and applying cost effective chemical solutions to oilfield problems worldwide.


B.S. or higher in Chemistry (or related science).

Organic synthesis experience a plus.

Presentation skills a plus.

Must be capable of working independently.

Job Description

    Synthesize, formulate and test new demulsifier compounds. Work with internal and external customers to solve oil-treating problems. Domestic and international travel requirements are 30-50%.


    Develop and evaluate commercial and experimental products on location. Carry out bench scale synthesis projects. Formulate blended finished products. Interface with QC and Manufacturing. Support pilot scale operations. Prepare samples for shipping. Complete paperwork according to ISO9000 requirements.

    All responses need to be sent to Mr. Bill Moreland at the address below or e-mail to BRMoreland@aol.com. Please include resume, cover letter and references.

Champion Technologies, Inc.

PO Box 450499

Houston, Texas 77245-0499


    Sigma-Aldrich Corporation is advertising positions for BS/BA and MS/MA chemistry students with experience in organic synthesis. Interested candidates should send a resume (include in the body of the e-mail and not as an attachment if you choose to send it via e-mail) and transcript to:

Sigma-Aldrich Corporation

Attn: Human Resources (FL-00-095-001)

3050 Spruce Street

St. Louis, MO 63103

e-mail: akampschroeder@sial.com

fax: 314-286-7863


    Pfizer Pharmaceuticals Group representatives met with Dr. Hogg recently and are very interested in students interested in pharmaceutical sales and/or possible internships. Additional information is available in Dr. Hogg=s office. Interested parties may contact the southwest regional recruiter, Julie Jennings, at:

Julie Jennings

Employee Resources

fizer Inc.

7 Village Circle, Suite 500

Westlake, TX 76262

e-mail: julie.jennings@pfizer.com

tel: 817-491-8430

fax: 817-491-8443

    3M in Austin is seeking a B.S. analytical chemist. Candidates for the job must be graduating within the next few months. Please e-mail resumes to: alschwaner@mmm.com

    Millipore Corporation in Dallas is looking for a summer intern. The position will, more than likely, result in an offer for full-time employment at the end of the summer depending on performance and budgets. Applicants must have a B.S. (B.A.) in chemistry and experience with manipulation of inert and specialty gases is desired. Candidates must have the ability to define problems, design effective experiments and collect data and must be able to effectively communicate technical information to colleagues and management in both verbal and written form. The ability to work independently and in a team environment will be required. The candidate should be familiar with MS Word, Excel and Powerpoint software programs. Send resumes to Dr. James Snow (B.S. 1982) at the following e-mail address: Jim_Snow@Millipore.com

    Erin Ousley, junior chemistry major, has notified me that the DuPont plant in LaPorte is looking for an Aggie intern this summer. Erin worked there last summer and loved it but will spend this summer planning her wedding. Organic and quantitative analysis are needed. Minor spreadsheet and word processing skills are also needed. E-mail resumes ASAP to Dr. Ross Koile at: ChemFly@aol.com

    Dr. Sushil Srivastava of Bristol-Meyers Squibb in New Brunswick, New Jersey spoke to the industrial chemistry class and the advanced organic chemistry class last week. He reported that they are having a difficult time finding B.S. and M.S. chemists to work in the pharmaceutical area and encouraged interested applicants to send their resume to him at the following address:

Dr. Sushil Srivastava

Associate Director

Chemical Process Technology

Bristol-Meyers Squibb

Pharmaceutical Research Institute

One Squibb Drive

P.O. Box 191

New Brunswick, NJ 08903-0191

fax: 732-519-2531

e-mail: Sushil.Srivastava@bms.com


    Dr. Hughbanks' research group is seeking two undergraduate research students. The lab focuses on high temperature solid-state reactions. In the lab, students will experience glass blowing, working in the dry box (most of the compounds made are air sensitive), working on the Schlenk line, running samples on the powder diffractometer developing x-ray film and welding. They will also be introduced to literature research methods. These methods will include SciFinder, ICSD (Inorganic Compound Structural Data) and journal experience. One of his current graduate students (Carmella Magliochi) is looking for students who are in their sophomore or junior year and who are interested in the colorful world of inorganic chemistry. They would like the students to start work this summer. Please contact Carmella by e-mail at: clm5314@unix.tamu.edu


    The application forms for the George C. Bauer Scholarships are now available, for chemistry majors only, in Room 104 Chemistry from Ms. Marylin Warren. These scholarships (typically about three $300-$400 awards) are for the 2000-2001 academic year. The simple application is due by May 12 and the awards will be announced during the summer. Financial need is the main criterion for selection although academic performance is considered if financial need is equal. Chemistry majors who will be juniors or seniors during the 2000-01 academic year are eligible for the scholarships. The chemistry undergraduate awards committee will review the applications and make recommendations for the awards. We typically receive very few applications for these scholarships so I encourage you to apply. We have decided to wait until after spring 2000 grades are submitted to make the decisions this year.

ACS Student Affiliate Officers Announced

    Newly elected ACS Student Affiliate Chapter officers for the 2000-01academic year were announced at the recent Awards Banquet. They are:

President - Rachel McConnell

Vice-President - Danny Salinas

Secretary - Amy Fowler

Treasurer - Leah Whiteker

Historian - Johanna Mullen.

Committee Chairs for the 2000-01 academic year were also announced. They are:

Academic Chair - Leah Arrigo

ACS Trip Chair - Sean Liddick

Synthesis Chair - Charles Hamilton




Good Luck on Your Final Exams and Enjoy the Summer or Your New Adventure as You Continue Your Education or Enter the Work Force