The chemistry department at Washington College is small but mighty. A number of opportunities are available to chemistry majors and minors, including an extensive list of internships and research opportunities.
Internships and research experiences on and off-campus not only provide invaluable laboratory experience, but also allow students to apply knowledge learned in the classroom, explore advanced areas of chemistry not covered in the core curriculum and experience the excitement and challenges of scientific discovery. In addition to valuable career preparation, students may receive a stipend and/or academic credit, depending on the internship or research opportunity.
Washington College students are also eligible to be part of the Society of Junior Fellows and the John S. Toll Science and Mathematics Fellows Program.
Cater Society Internship
With funding from the Cater Society of Junior Fellows, Matthew Streeter ’13 completed summer research on campus with Professor Aaron Amick, and off-campus with Professor Alanna Schepartz at Yale University. With Amick, Streeter worked to develop a palladium-catalyzed indenoannulation method for the synthesis of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. With Schepartz, Streeter performed chemical biology research on beta-peptides. This fall, Streeter will begin graduate studies in the Department of Chemistry at Yale University.
Department of Energy Internship
During the summer of 2012, Emily Sahadeo ’14 worked at the U.S. Department of Energy’s national laboratory in Ames, Iowa (Ames Laboratory) as part of the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program sponsored by the NIH. In 2013, she completed an SCI Scholars Internship at Chemtura Corporation in Middlebury, CT, investigating chemical additives for petroleum oils and lubricants.
Campus Research-PAH Synthesis
During the summer of 2013, Kyriakos Atmatzidis ’15 and Sara Martin ’14 completed a research internship on campus with Professor Aaron Amick, developing a palladium-catalyzed indenoannulation method for the synthesis of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons.
Campus Research-Enzyme VHR
Kelly Bird ’15 completed a research internship on campus with Professor James Lipchock, investigating the structure and function of the enzyme VHR during the summer of 2013. Kelly also was recently named to the ECAC National Invitational Rowing Championship Stewards’ All-Academic Team.
During the summer of 2013, Joshua Goheen ’14 completed a research internship at the National Institutes of Health. Josh is also a member of the College’s soccer team.
In 2012, Rita Rivera ’132 completed a summer internship at LaMotte Company in Chestertown, preparing analytical water quality testing supplies. Rivera plans to begin a graduate program in January 2014.
Summer Program in Nuclear Chemistry
In 2012, Karli Newcity ’13 completed an American Chemical Society summer school program in nuclear and radiochemistry, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy at Missouri University.
Campus Research-PAH Synthesis
During the summer of 2012, Kristen Wille ’13 completed a research internship on campus with Professor Aaron Amick, developing a palladium-catalyzed indenoannulation method for the synthesis of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. Wille is a graduate student in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh.
Campus Research-Enzyme PHPT1
During the summer of 2013, Corinne Staub ’14 completed a research internship on campus with Professor James Lipchock, investigating the mechanism of the enzyme phosphohistidine phosphatase 1 (PHPT1).