Chemistry

Summer Research 2010
in conjunction with the Ronald E. McNair & Mellon Mays Associates Programs

Presentations from Undergraduate Research Fellows and Associates in Chemistry

2010 Robert Boutelle, '11 poster.

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2010 Scott Greene, '12. 2010 Noreen Nkosana, '11 with her poster.
2010 Hughes Poster Session

2010 Robert Stolz, '12 with his research mento Prof. Brian Northrop.

(Photos by Olivia Bartlett)


 "Topological Mapping of the Alanine Dipeptide Hyperserface."

Mentor:  Professor David L. Beveridge
"Scientific Computing and Informatics Center Summer Fellowship"

Samuel Berman '10
     

2010 Robert Boutelle, '11
"Computational and Spectroscopic Investigations of Reversible Furan-Maleimid Cycoadditions: Parent Reaction and
Derivatized Analogues."

Mentor: Professor Brian H. Northrop
"Hughes Fellow"
Abstract

Robert Boutelle, '11
  


2010 Sunil Chulani, '12 "The Interrupted Feist-Bénary reaction of 3,5-dimethoxyphenal with p-methoxybromopyravate."

Mentor:  Professor Michael A. Calter
"Hughes Fellow"
Abstract

Sunil Chulani, '12
Sunil is a rising junior from Montego Bay, Jamaica.  He is currently on the Wesleyan Cross Country and Track and
Field teams, and enjoys learning/speaking Chinese, dancing, watching sports, and breaking glassware.

2010 Stephanie Clemente, '11 "Determining Sequences specificity of TATA-binding protein using Molecular Beacon-Equilibrium
Cyclization Detection"

Mentor:  Professor Philip H. Bolton and Professor Ishita Mukerji
"Hughes Associate"
Abstract

Stephanie Clemente, "11
2010 Jennifer Corcoran, '12 "Construction of a Mn(II)-Selective Electrode"

Mentor:  Professor T. David Westmoreland
"Hughes Associate"
Abstract

Jennifer Corcoran '12
Jennifer is from Manasquan, NJ where she attended High Technology High School  She plans to major in
Chemistry. Her interests include environmentalism, literature, artsy movies, music and singing. After
Wesleyan, she hopes to attend medical school, maybe in a MD/PhD or MD/MPH program.
2010 Cameron Couch, '13

"The Synthesis of a Novel b-lactamase Inhibitor."

Mentor:  Professor Rex F. Pratt
"Hughes Associate"
Abstract

Cameron Couch '13
Cameron is from Dalton, Georgia but attended Patch American High School in Stuttgart Germany. He plans to
major. in English and Neuro or MB&B. He enjoys the Rubik's cube, hiking, rock climbing and writing short fiction.
After 
Wesleyan, he may join the Peace Corps or go to Grad School.

2010 Molly Deutsch-Feldman, '12

"The Synthesis of a Novel b-lactamase Inhibitor."

Mentor:  Professor Erika A. Taylor
"Hughes Associate"
Abstract

Molly Deutsch-Feldman '12
Molly is from Washington, DC. She is pursuing an Chemistry, MB&B, and International Relations majors.
certificate. 
Her pastimes include running, violin and reading British murder mysteries. Her future plans
include the Peace Corps and a job in public health.

2010 Na Le Lena Dang, '11 "Insight into Transition States in Protein RNA Recognition through MD Simulations"

Mentor:  Professor David L. Beveridge
"Hughes Associate"

Na Le (Lena) Dang '11
Lena is from Hanoi, Vietnam. She is a double major in Chemistry and MB&B. In her spare time she
enjoys running. After Wesleyan, she hopes to attend medical school.
2010 Chinh Duong, '13

"Determination of the Spectra and Structure of the 36 AR Cyclopentanone van der Waals Complex."

Mentor:  Professor Stewart E. Novick and Professor Wallace C. Pringle
"Hughes Fellow"
Abstract

Chinh Duong '13
Chinh is from Lincoln, NE, where he attended Lincoln North Star High School His majors are Chemistry and
Environmental Studies. He enjoys playing soccer with friends, practicing mixed martial arts, reading the latest
scientific news and learning to cook. His plans after Wesleyan, include potentially the Peace Corp or graduate
school. 
Eventually, he would like to become a research chemist with contributions that can benefit academia
and society.

2010 Scott Greene, '13 "Total Asymmetric Synthesis of Antifungal 8"

Mentor:  Professor Michael A. Calter
"Hughes Fellow"
Abstract

Scott Greene, '13  
Scott is from Summit, NJ. His interests include chemistry, Israeli Studies, baseball, tennis soccer, a and trumpet.
In the future, Scott hopes to attend law school.

2010 Christine Huueh, '12 "Synthesis of Platinum Ammine Complexes."

Mentor:  Professor T. David Westmoreland
"Hughes Fellow"
Abstract

Christine Hsueh, '12  
Christine is from Stony Brook, NY.

2010 David Kishpaugh, '11 "Dynamic Self Assembly of Porous Macromolecular Structures."

Mentor:  Professor Brian H. Northrop
"Hughes Fellow"
Abstract

David Kishpaugh '11, Fellow for the Mellon Maya Undergraduate Program
David hails from Lexington, MA where he attended Lexington High School. He is a double major in Chemistry
and Physics. David enjoys playing and watching soccer and hockey. He is also interested in strategy games and
politics.
2010 Thomas Kuntz, '12 "Spectroscopy of Gas Phase Hydrogen Bound Clusters."

Mentor:  Professor Joseph L. Knee
"Hughes Fellow"
Abstract

Thomas Kuntz, '12  
  

2010 Jun Ha "Using MBEC to monitor Protein-DNA complexes."

Mentor:  Professor Philip H. Bolton and Professor Ishita Mukerji
"Hughes Fellow"

Jun Ha "John" Kwak, '12
2010 Kelvin Kwofie, '12 "Exploring an alternate syntheses pathway of Rocaglamide."

Mentor:  Professor Michael A. Calter
"Hughes Fellow"
Abstract

Kelvin Kwofie, "12 
Kelvin is a rising sophomore from Tema, Ghana.  He attended United World College of the Atlantic.  He plans
to major in chemistry and possibly French.  He plays club soccer and dances occasionally.  He hopes to go to a
medical school after Wesleyan but he is still thinking about his options.

2010 Rachel Merzel, '12 "The Oxidation of Diphenylacetaldehyde to Benzophenone."

Mentor:  Professor Albert J. Fry
"Hughes Associate"
Abstract

Rachel Merzel, '12

2010 Noreen Nkosana "Research Towards Synthesis of Simplified Lipid A Analogs Aa Targets for LPS Inhibitors."

Mentor:   Professor Erika A. Taylor
"Hughes Fellow"
Abstract

Noreen Nkosana '11
Noreen is a rising junior from Harare, Zimbabwe, where she attended Harare High School.  She is a
chemistry major. She enjoys playing and watching soccer, watching TV, and listening to music.  After
Wesleyan she plans to go to medical school or study chemical engineering or pharmacy.    
2010 Alejandra Olvera, '12

"Investigation of Lignin Degradation Pathway: Characterizing Amidohydrolase Enzymes."

Mentor:  Professor Erika A. Taylor
"McNair Fellow"


Alejandra Olvera, '12  

2010 Shiwei

"Effect of Condensins on Transcriptional Silencing in Saccharomyces cerevisiae."

Mentor:  Professor Scott Holmes
"Hughes Fellow"

Shiwei "Marjorie" Pan, '12  

2010 Heidi Ransohoff, '12

"The Synthesis of a Novel b-lactamase Inhibitor."

Mentor:  Professor Rex F. Pratt
"Hughes Fellow"

Heidi Ransohoff, '12

2010 Elisa Shapiro, '11 "Crystallographic Investigations of Heptosyltransferases in Gram-Negative Bacteria."

Mentor:  Professor Erika A. Taylor and Professor Rick Olson
"Hughes Associate"
Abstract

Elisa Shapiro, '11  

2010 Boris Shelduko, '11 "Anodic Oxidation of Cyclooctatetraene (COT) in the Presence of Various Diol."

Mentor:  Professor Albert J. Fry
"Hughes Fellow"
Abstract

Boris Sheludko, '11  

2010 Robert Stolz, '12
"Synthesis of Dendritic Nanoparticles of Click Chemistry Methods."

Mentor: Professor Brian H. Northrop
"Scientific Computing and Informatics Center Summer Fellowship"
Abstract

Robert Stolz, '12
2010 Sarah White, '11 "Synthesis of furan-substituted crown ether macrocycles and applications in self-assembling host-guest systems."

Mentor: Professor Brian H. Northrop
"Hughes Fellow"
Abstract

Sarah White, '11

2010 Matenga Zuikomborero "Experimental/Computational Study of the Electrochemical Oxidation of isomer of Dibenzoyclooctatetraene and
its isomer in methanol."

Mentor:  Professor Albert J. Fry
"Scientific Computing and Informatics Center Summer Fellowship"

Matenga Zuikomborero, '13     

2010 Nelson Zwane, '12 "Ferromagnetically coupled trinuclear species as potential MRI contrast agents."

Mentor: Professor T. David Westmoreland
"Hughes Fellow"
Abstract

Nelson Zwane '12
Nelson (AKA King) is a rising junior ('12) from Siteki, Swaziland.  He did his college prep at the
United World College-USA after attending Good Shepard Catholic High in Swaziland.  He plans to
major in Chemistry and MB&B with a particular interest in NMR imaging studies. King plays on the
Wesleyan soccer B team and club and intramurals and he likes Hip hop and kwaito music. He has a
vision of helping alleviate if not eradicate HIV/AIDS in Africa. 

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