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Award Sends Chemistry Professor to Leadership Workshop
University of St. Thomas - Houston Chemistry and Physics Assistant Professor Dr. Javoris Hollingsworth

One of only 15 applicants selected from across the nation, University of St. Thomas Assistant Professor Dr. Javoris Hollingsworth received a Leadership Development Award from the Younger Chemists Committee (YCC) of the American Chemical Society (ACS).

Physics Research Gets Published in The Physics Teacher
University of St. Thomas - Houston physics students conduct rotational dynamics research using a smartphone

In the spirit of the nation’s smartphone mania, some physics students have given the classic “Book Toss” experiment a major upgrade. “I turned to Dr. Clarage for direction, and he told me to gather up a team if I was serious,” Gibbons said. “I immediately turned to my classmates in University Physics II and gained the commitment of two men, Sami Belaiter and Matthew Loth.”

Chemistry, STEM Education in Focus at New Science Center | UST Houston
Chemistry major at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas

The newly opened Center for Science and Health Professions  brings together STEM education and nursing degree programs at Houston’s University of St. Thomas.

As the STEM education center makes its presence on campus felt, members of the chemistry department—students, faculty and alumni—reflect on their experience of science at the University of St. Thomas, while sharing their thoughts about the future.


American Chemical Society Student Chapter Earns National Award
Students from the American Chemical Society chapter at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas

In Nov. 2016 the American Chemical Society (ACS) student chapter at the University of St. Thomas received a Commendable award for its activities throughout the 2015-2016 year. In order to receive the award, the student chapter had to submit an activity report to The Society Committee on Education. After evaluating more than 400 reports, 46 chapters earned outstanding, 93 commendable and 145 honorable mentions.

STEM Success Center Hosts First Conservation, Ecology and Environmental Career Forum
STEM Success Center booth setup at Conservation, Ecology and Environmental Career Forum in Houston, Texas

On Feb. 11 the University of St. Thomas STEM Success Center partnered with Houston Community College and the Coastal Prairie Partnership to host the First Annual Conservation, Ecology and Environmental Career Forum. The event promoted emerging careers in the fields of conservation, ecology and sustainability and gave students the opportunity to learn about STEM fields of study outside medicine and health.

$3.8 Million Grant Funds STEM for Hispanic and Low-Income Students
STEM students at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas conducting research during chemistry lab

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded the University of St. Thomas a five-year, $3.8 million grant for Hispanic and low-income students interested in pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and nursing.

Shell STEM Showdown Winners: University of St. Thomas Takes Top Honors
Gregg Garrido participates in the Shell STEM Showdown

Partnering with students from Southwest High School out of Fort Worth, 11 University of St. Thomas Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics claimed the top honors in the Shell STEM Showdown. 

Pre-Dental Grad Smiles on UST Research Experiences
University of St. Thomas Houston STEM student Jennifer Hoang

“I didn’t brush my teeth for an entire year,” senior Jennifer Hoang wrote in her dental school application. The biochemistry major and pre-dental student described her own previous fear of dentists and how she wanted to bring smiles to others through her work in the profession. Following graduation, Hoang will attend her first-choice dental school, the University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston.

Biochemistry Students Present Research on Gold Nanoparticles
Dr. Shereen Ghaoui and Julie Pham

At the University of St. Thomas, undergraduate students have the opportunity to participate in faculty-led research studies beginning as early as freshman year. Dr. Shereen Ghaoui, assistant professor of chemistry and physics, and two UST students’ research on the synthesis of gold nanoparticles can change the way drugs are delivered when targeting and treating diseases.


Students Present Biomass Research in Austria
Alyssa Mullery

Europe is making concerted efforts in increasing its use of sustainable energy and is turning to biomass, a biological material derived from living organisms, to create renewable energy. With undergraduate research and articles published on biomass and its conversion to energy, the University of St. Thomas finds itself at the forefront of this research and theory.  

From Apple to Disney, Engineering Students Aim for Impact
Umer Khan on Apple campus

Engineering involves an intense understanding of mathematics, physics, science and software, and working as an engineer can be a lucrative career. But for UST students, studying engineering is about more than making a living—it is about making an impact.

Math Professor Researches New Air Force Jet Engines
Dr. Henry Foust, associate professor of Mathematics at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas

Dr. Henry Foust, assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics, Computer Science and Cooperative Engineering, participated in a fellowship at the Emerging Propulsion Systems Laboratory at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. During the fellowship, he assisted in developing a safer, efficient and more powerful jet engine.

UST ACS Receives Two National Awards at Conference in Denver
University of St. Thomas Houston receiving an award on stage at the national meeting of the American Chemical Society

The University of St. Thomas student chapter of the American Chemical Society received an Outstanding Award at the 249th ACS National Meeting held in Denver.