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Left to right: Nancy Wells, Ryan Neldon, Kyle Blaha, Darian Waugh, Isabella Williams

Left to right: Nancy Wells, Ryan Neldon, Kyle Blaha, Darian Waugh, Isabella Williams

Hiram College’s small-scale environment is perfect for large-scale opportunities.

Five students recently had the chance to take part in one of these opportunities as they presented research alongside chemistry faculty at the Central Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society.

They conducted this research they presented over the summer, working 40-hour workweeks alongside Carol Shreiner, associate professor of chemistry, Brian Knettle, associate professor of chemistry, and Jim Kercher, assistant professor of chemistry. Many have continued their research throughout the fall semester.

This opportunity, to take on a role as partners in research, is indicative of the Hiram College learning experience, Shreiner said.

“They’re not just in a laboratory by themselves,” she said. “They’re working one-on-one with the faculty. It’s very different from large school research experiences, because here, the faculty are their mentors. We’re in the lab with them; we’re going over results with them.”

Hiram students presented the following posters at the Oct. 31 meeting in Pittsburgh:

  • “Infinitely large kinetic isotope effect in parallel dissociation reactions of acetone+ and acetone-d6 cations” by Kercher, Nancy Wells ’15, math and chemistry double major, Hiram alumni Daniel Fakhoury ’13 and David Klecyngier ‘13, Tomas Baer of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Andras Bodi, beamline scientist at the Swiss Light Source in Villigen, Switzerland
  • “Investigations of Solvent and Steric Effects on Aldimine Synthesis” by Knettle and chemistry majors Ryan Neldon ’16 and Kyle Blaha ‘15
  • “Microwave-Assisted Organic Synthesis of 4’-Substituted 2,2’:6’2’’-Terpyridines” by Shreiner, chemistry major Darian Waugh ’16 and biomedical humanities major Isabella Williams ‘17

In addition to presenting their work, the students had the opportunity to network with professionals and students from other institutions.

“It’s professional development in every aspect,” Shreiner said. “Seeing that they’re from a small school, but doing the equivalent of work of students from big schools, was a big confidence boost for them.”

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