What's Happening in Chemistry Circles
Issue #95 April 8, 2002

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


Amelia Hessheimer, third-year chemistry major, has just been notified that she has been chosen to received a Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. The scholarship covers the cost of tuition, fees, books and room and board up to a maximum of $7500 per year for two years. Congratulations Amelia! She joinsTommy Miller (1998) and Seth Horne (1999) as TAMU undergraduate chemistry majors to receive this prestigious award in recent years.


Several current undergraduates (27 to be exact) will be completing their degrees in May and have announced their post-graduation plans while some continuing students have accepted summer internships. I'm not aware of everyone's plans but here are some of them.

Seniors who have decided to pursue graduate degrees in chemistry or biochemistry include: Erin Guidry (Cal Tech), Bradley Rowland (Cal Tech), Gottfried Schroeder(University of North Carolina). Margaret Haring (MIT) plans to pursue a graduate degree in either physics or chemistry, Melanie Ledwig(TAMU) will seek a graduate degree in mathematics and Shanda Thompson (August graduate) will enter the master's program in business administration at UT-Arlington. Some seniors' plans have been announced in previous issues of Orbitals but I hope that all graduating seniors students will inform me of their decisions so they may be announced in the May issue of Orbitals. I know of at least a couple of other students who are still trying to decide on which graduate school to attend but just can't seem to make up their minds.

I'm aware of the following summer plans for chemistry internships as well: Marissa Mathes (senior) will work at Dow Chemical,Kendall Fruchey (sophomore) will work at Celanese, and Shona Burkes (junior) will work at Mary Kay Cosmetics. Senior Jessica Raushelwill spend the summer in the NSF-REU program at Columbia University in New York.

Michael Maixner (sophomore) will leave Texas A&M University after the spring term to enter pharmacy school at Texas Tech University.

Pre-registration begins April 11. Class schedule books with complete registration details have been distributed from Heaton Hall and all currently enrolled students should have received an e-mail on their NEO account on Friday, April 5 informing them of their exact registration time. Students may also find their registration time by accessing Screens 801 or 803 on the BONFIRE system.

Just as last fall's registration, students may either register using the Internet or by the usual telephone method. Each student is now given a registration start time and has 48 hours from that start time to complete registration. The start times are totally random within a certain classification. Complete instructions for registration may be obtained by clicking on the HELP section at the following web site:http://register.tamu.edu

Chemistry majors who plan to take Chem 234 and who do not automatically qualify for honors registration must notify Dr. Hogg of their intent to register for this course and he will save the space for them and enroll them during open registration. Students who qualify for honors should go ahead and register for this course.

To remind you once again, 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.

Both summer and fall registration may be completed during this time. You may wish to schedule an appointment to talk with Dr. Tiner or Dr. Hogg well in advance of that date to avoid the rush.



Since the 2002-2003 undergraduate catalog will contain some degree plan changes for both B.S. and B.A. chemistry majors, we are prepared to allow currently enrolled chemistry majors to benefit from these changes as well. You may inspect these degree plans at our web site to see if you would benefit. Choosing to switch to the new catalog (i.e Catalog 125) will allow you to follow these plans in their entirety. You cannot pick and choose the best of both degree plans. However, I do believe that most current chemistry majors would gain additional flexibility by switching to the new catalog. To do so, simply contact Dr. Hogg by e-mail or in person and he will make the switch on SIMS. The major changes are:

B.A. majors only may substitute Physics 201/202 for Physics 218/208.

B.S. majors will no longer be required to take CPSC 203. B.S. majors may replace MATH 308 with other advanced math or statistics courses.

Either B.A. or B.S. majors may choose to take advantage of the tracks to be listed in Catalog 125.


College of Science undergraduate degree candidates for the spring semester will receive their diplomas at the ceremony on Friday, May 10 at 9 a.m. Yes, that is correct. 9 a.m. on Friday.


Chemistry majors graduating in May 2002 will be honored at a reception in the Chemistry foyer on Thursday afternoon, May 9 from 3 - 4 p.m. Refreshments will be served. All seniors and their parents are invited as are all chemistry faculty. Invitations will be sent shortly to the students and their parents.


The outstanding undergraduate chemistry majors will be honored at the ACS Student Affiliate banquet to be held on Friday, April 26. Watch for details of this banquet from your ACS Student Affiliate Organization and plan to attend. It would be nice to have a very large turnout to recognize our outstanding students.


Two outstanding undergraduate chemistry majors will receive Celanese Excellence Awards at a banquet hosted by Celanese on Wednesday, April 24 in the Clayton Williams Alumni Center. The deadline for submission of applications was previously announced by e-mail as noon on Monday, May 8.


Abbott Labs has authorized the awarding of two $500 Undergraduate Research Awards at TexasA&M University. Undergraduate students engaged in any area of chemistry research may apply but the greatest consideration will be given to research in medicinal chemistry or synthetic organic chemistry broadly defined. Deadline for receipt of all materials is April 22, 2002 in Dr. Hogg's office.

Your application for an Abbott Undergraduate Research Award must include the following:

I. A resume' (2 page maximum) which must include your major (minor), degree sought and date expected, your GPR in chemistry and overall, plus any other information you wish to include.

II. Please provide typewritten answers to the following questions on a separate page.

1. What is your career goal? (one paragraph)

2. Briefly discuss any research projects on which you have worked. Discuss any special programs/internships/cooperative education programs in which you have been involved. (No more than three paragraphs, please)

3. Have you made any formal oral/poster presentations of your research? If so, give details. Any publications? Give complete citation if applicable.

4. Briefly discuss what you consider to be your most important activity not directly related to academics since you entered college. (No more than two paragraphs)

5. What special skills/talents do you possess?

III. You must provide one letter of recommendation form your research advisor.


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 2002-2003 academic year. The simple application is due by May 1 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 2002-03 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 2002 grades are submitted to make the decisions this year.


I want to thank all of those who came to visit me or sent cards and condolences as a result of my spring break accident. The arm/shoulder appears to be healing just fine although I expect I have several weeks of physical therapy ahead of me. For those totally confused readers who don't know what I'm talking about here's the short story. I fell/slid down a cliff/path while hiking in Big Sur over spring break. The result was a badly broken humerus bone just below the left shoulder. The surgery, a week after the accident (but that is another story) went fine and resulted in a steel plate and six or seven screws in my shoulder. All in all, I was lucky not to have broken my neck. Anyway, I'm fine now and, since I'm right-handed I can still wield a mean red pen when it comes to grading exams.


I plan to put out a May 1 issue of Orbitals so finals won't be the only thing exciting that happens that week