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Summer Research

During the summer The College of New Jersey supports undergraduate research and creative activity through the Mentored Undergraduate Summer Experience (MUSE) program. Chemistry students regularly participate in the MUSE program, during which time they are immersed in the research laboratory and are able to gain research training that will help prepare them for post-graduate studies and careers. The program also includes a number of coordinated intellectual and social activities across all academic disciplines at TCNJ, helping to develop our chemistry students as broadly engaged scientific citizens.

2015 MUSE Researchers

Aleena Andrews (Joseph Baker, Faculty Mentor)

Troy Brier (Joseph Baker, Faculty Mentor)

Rebeca Saldanha Castro (Joseph Baker, Faculty Mentor)

Sara Martin (Danielle Guarracino, Faculty Mentor)

Kendal Ciriacco (John Allison, Faculty Mentor)

Tanya Townsend (Abby O’Connor, Faculty Mentor)

Andrew Glass (David Hunt, Faculty Mentor)

2014 Summer Research Projects

Megan Merbach
Studying Interactions of Artist’s Media (Egg Yolk) with Pigments – Are phosphopeptides Altered?
John Allison, Faculty Mentor

Ryan Chin
Studying the Folding Pathway of Truncated and Full-Length Human Serum Albumin via FCS
Bunagan, Faculty Mentor

Will McDermott
Discovery of Novel Thermoelectric materials by the Destruction of the Rock Salt Structure of Bismuth Telluride (Bi2Te3)
Chan, Faculty Mentor

Lea Palacios
Discovery of Novel Thermoelectric materials by the Destruction of the Rock Salt Structure of Bismuth Telluride (Bi2Te3)
Chan, Faculty Mentor

Kayla Gentile
Development of ‘Artificial’ Peptides that Bind Collagen as Potential Anti-Thrombosis Agents
Guarracino, Faculty Mentor

Dylan Nguyen
Development of ‘Artificial’ Peptides that Bind Collagen as Potential Anti-Thrombosis Agents
Guarracino, Faculty Mentor

Catherine Lee
Polymerization of Norbornene Using Cationic (Pi-allyl)Ni(II) Dialkylbiaryl Phosphine
O’Connor, Faculty Mentor

Mia Kunitomo
Exploring the Reactivity of Norbornene with (Pi-allyl)Pd Cations Containing Dialkyl Biaryl Phosphines
O’Connor, Faculty Mentor

Andrew Ruff
Synthesis, Characterization, and Catalyst Screening for Cp*Ir Pyridine Sulfonamide Complexes
O’Connor, Faculty Mentor

Husnain Sajjad
Progress Towards the Synthesis of [N,N,N]-Dianionic Pincer Ligands to Stabilize Iridium in High Oxidation States
O’Connor, Faculty Mentor

Taylor Horsfield
Analyzing the Use of Bisphosphonates as Inhibitors of Farnesyl Diphosphate Synthase in Manduca Sexta
Sen, Faculty Mentor

Alexis Jones
Analyzing the Use of Bisphosphonates as Inhibitors of Farnesyl Diphosphate Synthase in Manduca Sexta
Sen, Faculty Mentor

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