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Senior Capstone

Chemistry majors fulfill the Senior Capstone Experience by conducting a yearlong research project in collaboration with a chemistry faculty member and writing a thesis-quality report.

Many projects involve synthetic and preparative procedures and include the use of the department’s research-grade UV-VIS, FTIR, AA, NMR, GC, HPLC, GC-MS, ICP-MS, electrochemical analyzer, and polarimeter. Students pursuing the ACS-certified degree in Chemistry must perform a laboratory-based research project for their SCE to meet the number of laboratory hours required by the ACS. This requirement could be waived if ACS-certified majors have already performed research for credit during the academic year or during the summer.

Seniors present the results of their project in a poster session that is open to the College community. The department has a set of Senior Capstone Experience Guidelines that are distributed to both junior and senior chemistry majors each fall. For those students meeting the College-wide standards of eligibility for departmental honors at graduation, the capstone experience also forms the basis of an oral examination given at the end of the student’s final semester.

Students must enroll in CHE SCE in their final semester to obtain credit for the Senior Capstone Experience. The Senior Capstone Experience is graded according to the Washington College grading system, which involves the use of letter grades (A-F) that may be modified by a minus or a plus.

2013 SCE Projects

David French ’13 - The Effect of Mutation on the Kinetic parameters of Triosephosphate Isomerase
Advisor: Dr. James Lipchock

Smaa Koraym ’13 - Non-covalent Derivatization of Hydroquinone with Bis[N,N-diethyl]terephthalamide (DETPA)
Advisor: Dr. Anne Marteel-Parrish

Jessica Magdeburger ’13  – Determining the Catalytic Mechanism of Phosphohistidine Phosphatase 1
Honors on thesis
Advisor: Dr. James Lipchock

Adam Marlowe ’13 - Hartree-Fock Approximation of H2 and HHe+ using Maple™ Software
Honors on thesis
Advisors: Dr. James Locker (chemistry) and Dr. Gene Hamilton (math)

Karli Newcity ’13 - Overview of Green and Sustainable Chemistry in Industry, Academia, and Society and a Look into its Role in Liberal Arts Education
Advisor: Dr. Anne Marteel-Parrish

Rita Rivera ’13 - Evaluating Surrogate Compounds for Analysis of Fluoxetine and Fluoxetine Derivatives Using GC/MS
Advisor: Dr. James Locker

Aaron Selestok ’13 - Noncovalent Derivatization: The Use of Noncovalent Forces for Synthesis in Crystal Engineering
Advisors: Dr. Anne Marteel-Parrish (chemistry) and Dr. Jonathan McCollum (music)

Stephanie Spitznagel ’13 - Investigations into the Allosteric Regulation of Imidazole Glycerol Phosphate Synthase
Honors on thesis and departmental honors
Advisor: Dr. James Lipchock

Matt Streeter ’13  - The synthesis of fullerene derivatives and their ability to combat organophosphate-induced oxidative stress. Honors on thesis and departmental honors
Dr. Aaron Amick (chemistry) and Dr. Mike Kerchner (psychology)

Kristen Wille ’13 - Palladium-Catalyzed Indenoannulation Method for the Synthesis of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons

Honors on thesis and departmental honors
Advisor: Dr. Aaron Amick