Kalamazoo Section of the American Chemical Society

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Project Seed Report

Friday 10 August 2012

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This summer our Local Section once again participated, for the twenty-first year, in the American Chemical Society’s Project SEED outreach activity which gives an opportunity for economically disadvantaged high school students to apply for, and be selected to, work with a mentor in a research environment. The KACS is indebted to Dr. Donald Schreiber for being responsible for the placement of Project SEED students in their positions for the past 19 years.

The pictures below show the two students who spent June 14 to August 10 in the Western Michigan University Chemistry Department laboratories of Dr. Ramakrishna Guda and Dr. Sherine Obare, and as a Section we appreciate their willingness to serve as mentors. Unfortunately, they were unavailable at the time of the project display and presentation of the research to visitors.

Mikayla Markus from Mattawan High School Mikayla Markus, rising junior at Mattawan High School, who worked with Dr. Guda, on “Novel Fluorescence Spectroscopic Technique to Study the Unfolding of Bovine Serum Albumin”.

Takler Martin from Bllomingdale High School Tayler Martin, rising senior at Bloomingdale High School, who worked with Dr. Obare on “Development of Optical Sensors for Organophosphorus Pesticides”.

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