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Mount Students Presented Posters at American Chemical Society Conference

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Five Mount St. Mary’s University upperclassmen, accompanied by several chemistry professors, presented posters at the American Chemical Society’s national conference in New Orleans last month.

kayser-poster.jpgThis meeting drew 16,000 chemists, chemical engineers, students, and other professionals. With the presentation of approximately 8,200 papers and 5,000 posters as well as 300 exhibits, the ACS conference provides the opportunity to see what cutting-edge technology advances are happening in the field and meet research professionals from across the country.

“The research conducted at the Mount is valuable for the students, but presenting their results nationally expands the influence of their effort,” said Garth Patterson, Ph.D., assistant professor of chemistry and vice chair of the science department. “As students’ progress, both in continuing education and through work, they will be expected to be able to convey the results of their work. By participating in conferences, they gain presentation experience.”

Senior Annie Kayser has attended four conferences during her time at the Mount. “During the conference you can find so much inspiration for novel ideas and alternative solutions to current problems by getting out and exploring,” Kayser said. “Getting the chance to meet up with other professionals from previous conferences, as well as some I would want to work with during my Ph.D., has allowed me to start building a network that I can rely on and have the support of outside of what I have at the Mount.”

Five Mounties at ACSThe five students who presented at the conference and their topics are listed below:

  • Dylan Holden, C’18 – Development of a thermal desorber for volatile analysis
  • Annie Kayser, C’18 – Coordination chemistry
  • Michael Guckavan, C’19 – Mathematical treatment of complex data from an FTIR instrument
  • Kevin Jankowski, C’18 – Detection of the chemical signature of a latent fingerprint
  • Haley Maruskin, C’18 – Detection of explosives degradation products adsorbed to canine fur. 

The Mount students, accompanied by Patterson and Professor of Chemistry Danny G. Miles, Jr., Ph.D., saw a familiar face at the conference. Nicole Vanagas, C’14, presented a poster on her research as she works toward a Ph.D. at Georgetown University.