What's Happening in Chemistry Circles
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
MAY GRADS HONORED
Eight of the twenty-six chemistry majors who received degrees at the May 13, 2000 commencement ceremony graduated with honors. This is about 31% of the chemistry graduates compared to a University average of about 14% graduating with honors.Four students graduated summa cum laude (GPR > 3.9). They were: William Seth Horne,Christopher H. Loo, Thomas F. Miller III, andCourtney L. Sherman. All received the B.S. degree. Horne and Loo were recognized with University Honors which certifies that they completed at least 36 hours of honors courses with a cumulative GPR of at least 3.4. Shermanwas recognized as a Foundation Honors graduate which meant he took at least one honors course in each core curriculum area. Miller was recognized as a participant in the University Undergraduate Research Fellows program. He also completed requirements for a B.S. in mathematics.
Allan E. Wilson (B.S.) graduated magna cum laude (GPR 3.70-3.899) and received a second degree in French. Andrew C. Bolin (B.A.),Traci D. Clark (B.A.) and Julie R. Orf (B.S.) all graduated cum laude (GPR 3.50-3.699).
The complete list of May graduates follows:B.A. - Andrew C. Bolin, Traci D. Clark, Valerie E. Meyers, Sandy J. Rahberg, Shelly D. Roper, Ryan R. Shaw, and Derek Speakmon.
B.S. - Eric K. Bowers, Peter H. L. Duong, Lauren M. Eppler, Randal J. Hartwell, William S. Horne, Van A. Johnson, Jr., Vicky M. Longaker, Christopher H.-Y. Loo, Thomas F. Miller III, Trieu X. Nguyen, Brandi D. Nunez, Julie R. Orf, Kyle N. Plunkett, Courtney L. Sherman, Melissa L. Supak, Edward J. Venegas, Allan E. Wilson and Erin N. Witt.
SMALL GROUP OF AUGUST GRADSOnly three students completed the requirement for the undergraduate degree in chemistry in August. Chad F. Christian, Kristi J. Dentonand Andrew Mercer received B.A. degrees at the August 12 commencement ceremony.
Brian Munson (B.S. 1997) phoned in June to say that he has decided to leave industry and enter medical school. He has been working at Celanese in Pampa, Texas. Brian was married in November of 1998. He and his wife Christie are expecting their first child in August. He is now in San Antonio taking the necessary biology pre-requisites to enter medical school.
Brian Munson (BS 1997) and wife Christie,Larry Medina (BS 1998) and Valerie Drews(BS 1998) all happened to drop by the office for a visit on the afternoon of June 23. It seems that a couple of them were traveling through here on the way to weddings. We had a lengthy chat and I learned that all are doing well. Valerie is now in the Ph.D. program in neurosciences at The University of Michigan. She said she enjoys it all but sacrificing the animals she studies. Brian has just completed the MCAT and did very well so he is tying up the loose ends of his medical school application. Larry is still working at Eisai in Pasadena. Friends may contact them at:
Erin Witt (BS 2000) wrote in June to say she has started her job at Millipore in Dallas and is really enjoying it. She has a new apartment and a new parakeet named Amos. Her work phone number is 972-359-4815 and you may e-mail Erin at: Erin_Witt@millipore.com
Tran Chu (BS 1997) entered UT-Dallas after working in industry for a year and has just completed her MBA. She is currently working as an accounting procurement supervisor at Comp USA but plans to move to Houston soon and take the CPA exam this fall. Her e-mail is: email@example.com
Roxanne Clardy (BS 1997) wrote to say she went to Andy Powell's wedding and that she saw Steve Ferro there. She is still working at Pepsi and has learned more than she ever wanted to know about soft drinks and the flavor industry but really enjoys her job. Her e-mail is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Jeff Bahr (B.S. 1995) stopped by to visit on July 17. He recently received his Ph.D. in chemistry under the direction of Professor Devens Gust at Arizona State University. His dissertation title was "Synthesis and Photophysical Properties of Artificial Photosynthesis and Molecular Switching Devices." Jeff received his degree on May 11, got married on the 14th and moved to Houston with his new wife Shannon on the 15th. He is currently doing postdoctoral research in the labs of James Tour and Richard Smalley at Rice University.
Dr. Eddie Moler (B.S. 1989) has accepted a position with Chiron in the cancer genomics group in the R&D division. He is working with cancer biologists and bioinformaticists to identify cancer treatment targets using, among other things, DNA micro arrays. He said that the technology is evolving very quickly and quantitative and statistical skills are in high demand. He had previously been working at Lawrence Livermore Labs. He and his wife, Jane, purchased a house in the San Francisco Bay area last summer.
Oliver Robinson (BA, 1997), whose wife is Holly (Houghtaling) Robinson (BA biology with a chemistry minor, 1998) recently sent an e-mail with the following message: We're in Charleston, SC. I'm a Lieutenant (Junior Grade) and recently was put in charge of the Enlisted Physics Division of Naval Nuclear Power School (Sounds more impressive than it is). Holly's teaching Anatomy and Physiology at the local community college. She finishes her Masters in Education of Biology in December. Feel free to make up lies about us to make Orbitals read more like the National Inquirer. Hey, it's all about readership, right? We'll send you a wedding picture soon. Oliver and Holly's e-mail address is:email@example.com By the way, both Holly and Oliver were recently abducted by aliens and taken aboard their spaceship which was shaped like a large benzene ring.
TUGGLE GETS HITCHED
Tammie Tuggle, senior chemistry major, was married to Mike Warren, a senior electronic engineering technology major, on May 20 at the First United Methodist Church in Meridian. The couple went to Disney World in Florida for their honeymoon. Both will graduate from A&M in December when Mike will become a commissioned officer in the Air Force. Congratulations Tammie and Mike!ROBERTSON - KENT NUPTIALSDavid R. "Chip" Kent IV (B.S. 1999) and Brook Leigh Robertson were married on Saturday, August 19 at Rice University Memorial Chapel in Houston. Chip is currently in graduate school at Cal Tech. Congratulations Brooke and Chip! Friends may be interested in visiting the website set up by Brooke and Chip at:
http:// www.geocities.com/thekents_2000/UNDERGRADS SERVE AS TA'S
The following undergraduate chemistry majors were selected to serve as teaching assistants in the freshman chemistry program this fall.
Aurelie Buckelew, Amy Fowler, Stephen Hansen, Jacob Higgins, Jared Hudson, Reagan Hughes, Timmy Kovoor, Rachel McConnell, Michelle Odajima, Josh Osbun, Brad Rowland, Zsila Sadighi and Danny Salinas.
BAYLOR UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM SCHEDULED(We received the following invitation from Baylor University ACS student affiliates)The Baylor University chapter of the American Chemical Society Student Affiliates is pleased to announce that its Thirteenth Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium will be held on Friday, October 13, 2000 at Baylor University.
We cordially invite undergraduate students involved in research in any area of chemistry (analytical, inorganic, organic, physical, biochemistry) or related chemical field to participate in the 2000 symposium. Participants do not have to be chemistry majors and their research does not have to be completed. Abstracts (note: abstracts should be in a form that lends itself to photocopying and need not be more than 3/4 page) are required from all who wish to participate. Feel free to make extra copies of the form for additional students. A formal paper is not necessary, but participants should prepare a fifteen minute presentation using an overhead projector or slides. A five minute question and answer session will follow each presentation.
The talks will be judged by professors from Baylor and other institutions and cash prizes will be awarded. A banquet will follow the day of presentations, during which the award will be given. There will also be an interesting, entertaining keynote speaker who will address the audience on a chemistry-related topic. The banquet will run from 6:00 to 8:00 pm and will be free for those directly participating in the symposium. A small fee may be required from others who wish to attend.We would be very grateful if you would bring this event to the attention of undergraduate students in your department who may wish to participate. This year registration will be online at www.baylor.edu/~bayloracs. Please follow the Symposium 2000 link. The entries must be submitted by Friday, September 29, 2000. If you have difficulties with the online registration, please contact Symposium Co-Chairperson at
Christopher_Jelinek@baylor.eduor 254-753-7714 or at ACS Student Affiliates, P.O. Box 97348, Department of Chemistry, Baylor University, Waco, TX 76798. More detailed information can be found at the website provided. Information for participants will be mailed once abstracts are received. Please feel free to advertise with the flyer provided.
We look forward to seeing your university represented in October!
Baylor University ACS Student Affiliates
ACS SAC MEETING
All undergraduate chemistry majors are encouraged to attend the first meeting of the student affiliate chapter of the American Chemical Society on Thursday, September 7 at 6:30 p.m. in Room 2102.
IMPORTANT ADVICE FOR SENIORS GRADUATING BY AUGUST 2001
List of Seniors: A list of students who will graduate between now and August 2001 is being compiled. This list is frequently requested by companies that hire chemists and graduate and professional schools and we want to include your name on this list as a service to you. However, we must have your current address, degree (with minor if applicable), home address, phone number, graduation date and a brief description of you future plans for inclusion on the list. Only students who complete the form available in my office (Room 104) and return it by Monday, September 11 at noon will be included on the list. We will not have time to try and track you down and solicit this information in any other way. As always, I will be very reluctant to write letters of recommendation for any senior chemistry major who fails to take advantage of this opportunity for any reason. "I know I'm going to medical school, etc." is not an acceptable reason for failing to do this.
Degree Application Deadline:September 8 is the deadline for filing an application for a degree for students graduating in the fall of 2000. You must stop by Room 105 Heaton Hall to file for a degree. you have not had the diploma fee (option code 66) assessed to your tuition fees it will be assessed at that time.
Interviews:Sign up at the Career Center (formerly the Placement Center) in Room 209 Koldus Building as soon as possible for interviews with the companies as they interview this fall. Check out their website at: http://careercenter.tamu.edu to find information on full-time jobs and internships. You must attend a Placement Orientation during the first two weeks of school. Do not wait another minute to do this. The bid deadline for some of the companies interviewing chemists is very early in September. Do not be reluctant to interview. Be aggressive and take advantage of every opportunity. I do not want to get a call from the placement center saying that "company X" is interviewing chemists but that no one has signed up to interview with them. This happens almost every semester and there is no excuse for it. To repeat, I will not write letters of recommendation for any senior chemistry major who fails to take advantage of this opportunity for any reason. "I know I'm going to medical school, graduate school, etc." is not an acceptable reason for failing to do this. You might change your mind or your circumstances might change. You should be honest with the employers but the experience of interviewing will be very good for you.
File Degree Plans:If you have not come into our office and had your degree plan typed up, signed and personally delivered it to the Dean's office in the College of Science you should do so immediately. This is the only way the registrar's office ultimately has of keeping track of the substitutions and changes in your degree plan. If you are planning to graduate in December, you should have already done this but many of you have not. If you plan to graduate in May or August of 2001 this should definitely be done by mid-semester this fall.
Going to Graduate School: If you have not already signed up to take the GRE you should do so immediately. We have the information booklets in our office.
NSF Graduate Fellowships: We have information booklets about the prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships in our office. If you are planning to enter graduate school you should consider applying for one of these. The deadline is November 7, 2000. The website is: http://www.orau.org/nsf/nsffel.htm
NEW BONFIRE FUNCTION
Students may now change the grading type for KINE 199 courses directly on Bonfire Screen 815. You do not need to fill out any forms or secure approval from your academic dean or advisor to make these changes before the close of business on the 50th class day (November 3, 2000). In other words, you may change KINE 199 courses only from a graded basis to a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. If you have problems, contact 845-1003.
NEW Q-DROP PROCEDURE
Although I don't yet know all the details, I believe that undergraduate chemistry majors will be able to Q-drop classes directly in the chemistry undergraduate advising office (Room 104 Chemistry) beginning this fall. You will no longer be required to go to the Office of the Associate Dean for Student Affairs in the College of Science. The limit of three Q-drops still remains in effect.
CAREER ADVISING BOOKLET
We have received a couple of copies of "Jobs in the Drug Industry: A Career Guide for Chemists" by Richard Friary. You may inspect these in Room 104 Chemistry.
WELCOME TO THE 56 FRESHMAN CHEMISTRY MAJORS
We have enrolled 56 freshman chemistry majors for the fall semester. This is a slight increase over the 47 from fall 1999. The average SAT score of the group is 1255 with eleven students scoring above 1400. About 37 of the 56 students ranked in the top 10% of their high school graduating class and six were valedictorians. Seventeen of the students had AP credit for general chemistry and entered directly into organic chemistry class with five more entering directly into Chemistry 102. We wish you all the best of luck and are glad to have you in the program. The new students are:
Last NameFirst Name High School Hometown
Allen Timothy A&M Consolidated High School College Station, TX 77845
Amaro Justin Stinnett High School Borger, TX 79007
Anderson Robyn Donna High School Donna, TX 78537
Andries Laura Westbury Sr. High Houston, TX 77071
Aulbaugh James Sulphur Springs High School Sulphur Springs, TX 75482
Baker Alton Carroll High School Amarillo, TX 79108
Barton Joel Gregory Portland High School Portland, TX 78374
Bassett Scott Cypress Creek High School Stratford, TX 79084
Brock Emily Pearland High School Pearland, TX 77881
Buxie Caraleigh Winston Churchill High School San Antonio, TX 78232
Choi Yeo Ju Park Tudor School Indianapolis, IN 46260
Collins Jennifer Lake Highlands High School Dallas, TX 75243
Cook Adam Edward Marcus High School Flower Mound, TX 75022
Cox John Haskell High School Haskell, TX 79521
Crabtree Scott Pulaski Academy Little Rock, AR 72211
Davis Iva Kirbyville High School Spurger, TX 77660
Day Brian Jesuit College Prep. School Houston, TX 77055
Doskocil Joseph Maypearl High School Maypearl, TX 76064
Efune Guy J J Pearce High School Dallas, TX 752452
Fitch Shawn Weatherford High School Weatherford, TX 76085
Hartt Christopher James E Taylor High School Katy, TX 77450
Heard Laura Buffalo High School Buffalo, TX 75831
Hinojosa Juan Garland High School Garland, TX 75042
Holtz Bryan Carroll High School Southlake, TX 76092
Hurley Amanda William P Clements High School Sugar Land, TX 77479
Jackson Russell Robert E Lee High School Tyler, TX 75703
Jensen Amber Smithson Valley High School Spring Branch, TX 78070
King Adam Tomball High School Tomball, TX 77275
Landrum Sarah San Marcos High School San Marcos, TX 78666
Leaveck Katherine Dublin High School Dublin, TX 76446
Levitt Nicholas Douglas Macarthur High School San Antonio, TX 78232
Maixner Michael Flour Bluff High School Corpus Christi, TX 78418
Merrill Kevin New Braunfels Sr. High School New Braunfels, TX 78132
Mickey Jon (Chris) The Woodlands High School The Woodlands, TX 77381
Mikus John Strake Jesuit College Prep. Houston, TX 77036
Mohr Rachel Saint Agnes Academy Houston, TX 77064
Naiser Shelley Bay City High School Bay City, TX 77414
Nguyen Minhha Lamar High School Arlington, TX 76012
Parikh Palak Sam Houston High School Arlington, TX 76014
Perry Houston Lawrence D. Bell High School Hurst, TX 76053
Phillips Lee Edward Marcus High School Highland Village, TX 75077
Pool Timothy Trinity Fellowship Christian Amarillo, TX 79110
Rodriguez Melissa Southwest High School San Antonio, TX 78245
Rowan Matthew A&M Consolidated High School College Station, TX 77845
Rowland Adam Brazoswood High School Lake Jackson, TX 77566
Short Marah Bridge City High School Bridge City, TX 77611
Sigler Joslin Grandbury Sr. High School Grandbury, TX 76049
Slagel Ashley Ellison High School Killeen, TX 76512
Smith Allyson Westbury Sr. High Houston, TX 77096
Stacy Brandon Carroll High School Southlake, TX 76092
Stanley Austin Texas Senior High School Texarkana, TX 75503
Truong Anton Cypress Falls High School Houston, TX 77095
Williams Trisha Abilene High School Abilene, TX 79602
Wilson Jenelle Joshua High School Joshua, TX 76058
Yasoni Tiffany Madisonville High School Madisonville, TX 77864
Zewalk Creshaun Townview Magnet Center Dallas, TX 75232
TRANSFER STUDENTS WELCOMED
Eleven students transferred to Texas A&M University as chemistry majors this fall. Please make these people feel welcome into our program. They are:
Name Previous School
Baker Zachariah Univ. Texas - Austin
Barnhill Will Victoria College
Delbar Vincent Univ. Texas - Austin
Fry Suzanne Baylor University
Gomez Alejandro Valdosta State College
Huertas Javier University of Houston
Loesch William Blinn College
Marek Daniel Blinn College
Schatte Laura U. S. Air Force Academy
Roberts Steven Angelo State University
Thompson Christina Austin Comm. College