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Off-Campus Summer Research Opportunities

 

New research opportunities are sent directly to all students as they arrive in the chemistry office.

 

Off-Campus Research

 

Many students also take advantage of our proximity to Hershey Medical Center, Pennsylvania State University, and do research there under the direction of a scientist on site. These projects can also be used for research credit at Messiah College, provided a Messiah College faculty member supervises the writing of the project proposal, final report, and oral presentation.

 

Off-Campus Summer Research/Internships 2010

 

Evan Peck working in the Penn Dot research lab

Evan Peck, a chemistry major, worked at PennDot in the Chemistry Lab as part of an internship once again this summer. " I just ran test samples of paints, glass beads, and cement to see if they were within the ranges required for each property we wanted to know about, a lot of Physical Chemistry type assignments."

   
Jennifer Esbenshade

Jennifer Esbenshade, a chemistry major, worked with Dr. John Badding on "Selectively filling Microstructured Optical Fibers with an Epoxy Waveguide Curing Technique" at Pennsylvania State University in State College through the REU program.

   
Jonathan Lorgunpai

Jonathan Lorgunpai, a biochemistry and molecular biology major, worked with Dr. Matthew Ellis, Professor and Chair, Medical Oncology at the Siteman Cancer Center, Washington University in St. Louis as part of the summer opportunities program.  His research title was "Endocrine therapy is the mainstay systemic adjuvant treatment for estrogen receptor positive (ER+) breast cancer."  In the picture Jonathan is adding a drug to different ER+ breast cancer cell lines at varying concentrations.  Jonathan was a recipient of the 2010-2011 Ray H. Crist Scholarship.

 

Off-Campus Summer Research/Internships 2009

 

Alice Worrall and her summer research

Alice Worrall, a biochemistry and molecular biology major, worked at the Department of Environmental Protection in Harrisburg in the Automated Analysis Lab. " William Mowery was my section chief who trained me on the conductivity and pH and alkalinity instruments.  I tested mine drainage water samples for sulfates and water samples from all over PA for conductivity, and pH and alkalinity."

   
Jennifer Esbenshade and her summer research team

Jennifer Esbenshade, a chemistry major, worked with Dr. Maria Valnice Boldrin Zanoni on "Removal of sunscreen compounds from swimming pool water using self-organized TiO2 nanotubular array electrodes"  at UNESP (Universidade Estadual Paulista) in Araraquara, Brazil through an international REU program at the University of Florida.

   
Evan Peck working in the Penn Dot research lab

Evan Peck, a chemistry major, worked at PennDot in the Chemistry Lab as part of an internship this summer. " I just ran test samples of paints, glass beads, and cement to see if they were within the ranges required for each property we wanted to know about, a lot of Physical Chemistry type assignments."

   
Jaime Emberger - chemical reaction during her summer research

Jaime Emberger, a chemistry major, worked with Dr. Darren Johnson at the University of Oregon through an REU program on "Synthesis of organothiol ligands for arsenic (III) supramolecular complex studies." The picture shows one of her chemical reactions.  Jaime is a recipient of the 2009-2010 Ray H. Crist Scholarship.

   
Derek Howard, a biochemistry major, conducted his research at Towson University in Towson Maryland in the lab of Dr. Stitzel on "Investigating the behavior of immobilized spiropyrans."


Links to summer research opportunities:

National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)

 

Summer Undergraduate Research Internship Program

Penn State College of Medicine, Hershey Medical Center

 

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program

The Wistar Institute