Mentor: Karl Sienerth
Project title: Development of a new method for measuring explosives at crime scenes
This semester I’ve worked mostly on writing up my findings from the past two years. I have written my portion of the coauthored paper with my professor, it’s currently being reviewed and edited by the two other students who have worked on the project. Once they have given feedback, Dr. Sienerth will submit it to the Journal of Analytical Chemistry. Along with getting my project out to the public via a journal article, I presented at a professional poster session at the National Meeting for the American Chemical Society. During that poster session, I was introduced to multiple key players in the field of chemistry, much more so than I would have at the undergraduate session. Later in the semester I participated in SURF at Elon and opened the eyes of many younger peers to what kind of relevant science research offered here.
The Lumen prize research experience enhanced my resume and personal statements for applying to graduate schools for Ph.D Chemistry programs. Every school that I visited mentioned that the amount of research I had under my belt was impressive and outstanding. One school in particular, Virginia Tech, offered me another scholarship on top of the stipend I was receiving because of my research experience. I will be attending Virginia Tech in Fall 2013 pursuing a Ph.D in Chemistry. It should take approximately 5 years.
Dr. Ann J. Cahill
Professor of Philosophy
Spence Pavilion 111
2340 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244
Phone: (336) 278-5703
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