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3 STEM Students to Present Papers at ACS Meeting
Graphic: ACS LogoThe University of St. Thomas will send 12 undergraduate students majoring in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields and two faculty members to San Diego, Calif. to attend the 243rd National Meeting of the American Chemical Society on March 24.

Three of the STEM students will give oral presentations about their research in the “Undergraduates Collaborating for the Future” symposium on March 25. This symposium is organized and sponsored by the American Chemical Society’s Division of Industrial and Engineering Chemistry.

The students presenting are senior Chemistry major Cristian Campos, who will present, “Experimental study of the gas-phase pyrolysis of eugenol, a biomass model-fuel compound;” junior biochemistry major Jamelleh Amouri, who will present, “Synthesis and characterization of gold nanoparticles using biomolecules as reducing agents and ligands;” and sophomore mathematics major Hung Vu, who will present, “Theoretical study on the formation of HNCO from the thermal degradation of model-fuel compounds.”

In addition to the three oral presenters, nine other students will present posters on March 26 at the Division of Chemical Education’s “Undergraduate Research Poster Session.”

Junior chemistry major Nicholas Zaibaq, the current president of the UST student chapter of the American Chemical Society will receive a Commendable Award on behalf of the chapter on March 25. The student chapter was recognized for its community, campus, and professional activities for the 2010-2011 academic year.

The American Chemical Society is the world’s largest scientific society and a highly respected source of authoritative scientific information. The society publishes numerous scientific journals and databases that span the breadth and depth of the chemical sciences and engineering fields. It also hosts major conferences with two national meetings per year. The society is in a leadership position when educating and communicating to the general public and policy makers about the central role of chemistry in our daily lives.

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