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College of Science Joint Annual Meeting showcases 188 undergraduate researchers

Author: Stephanie Healey

COS JAM 2013

The College of Science Joint Annual Meeting (COS-JAM) attracted over 300 student attendees to the Jordan Hall of Science on Friday, May 3. This year, 146 abstracts were submitted from 188 undergraduate researchers.  Students presented their original research in the areas of Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics, Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Mathematics, and Physics.  In addition, six guest presenters from the Northern Indiana Regional Science and Engineering Fair for K–12 students exhibited their research in the Galleria.  Participation at this year’s event was the largest in the seven-year history of COS-JAM.

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Science students receive Fulbright awards for research

Author: Gene Stowe

Fulbright Scholarship

Two College of Science students have received Fulbright scholarships to conduct research in Singapore this year. Patrick Kramer, who earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry this year, and Amy Klegarth, a third year graduate student who has worked in Singapore before, will be involved in different kinds of research.

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Talk Science seminar features undergraduate and faculty research

Author: Orrin Belden, '15

Talk Science seminar

Talk Science is a monthly seminar series hosted by Scientia, the Undergraduate Journal of Scientific Research for the College of Science.  The seminars are held in Jordan Hall of Science and  provide an enriching, yet informal, setting for College of Science undergraduates and faculty to build camaraderie and to share the advances in different areas of science.  Junior applied and computational mathematics and statistics (ACMS) major Michael Vella and Rebecca Wingert, Elizabeth and Michael Gallagher Family Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, both gave presentations on their research at the most recent Talk Science seminar on Thursday, April 18.

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Senior honors students complete thesis projects in mathematics

Author: College of Arts and Letters

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Each year, several graduating seniors conduct year-long thesis projects by working one-on-one with a faculty member or graduate student to make an intellectual contribution to their chosen field of study. The topic can be tailored to the student’s individual interest and may be done in the form of a paper, narrative nonfiction essay, creative writing project, journalistic article, documentary film, or museum exhibition.  The senior thesis project is the perfect opportunity for students to showcase the research, analysis, writing, and presentation skills they have developed as undergraduates.

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Scientia hosts Talk Science seminar

Author: Katrina Magno, '15

Andrew Mancini, '14, works in the laboratory of Matthew Ravosa

Scientia, the Undergraduate Journal of Scientific Research, hosts a monthly seminar series entitled, Talk Science.  One of the goals of Talk Science is to build camaraderie amongst science undergraduate students and faculty in an informal and fun environment. Junior biological sciences major Andrew Mancini and Peter Garnavich, professor of physics, both gave presentations on their research at the most recent seminar on Thursday, March 21.

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Ansel Nalin earns 2013 Weich Award

Author: Stephanie Healey

Ansel Nalin

Chemistry major Ansel Nalin has received the 2013 Norbert L. Wiech Award.  The award is presented annually to an outstanding junior who has excelled in academics and undergraduate research at the University of Notre Dame. The award was established by Norbert Wiech, a 1960 Notre Dame alumnus who has focused the majority of his professional career on drug development, especially in the area of rare diseases.

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Students solve case in 'CSI'-style project

Author: William G. Gilroy

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Visitors to the University of Notre Dame’s Hesburgh Library on a recent day most likely thought they’d wandered into location filming for a “CSI” or “NCIS” television episode. Yellow crime scene tape surrounded a library study area, and a team of what appeared to be crime scene experts scoured the site for evidence.

However, the dramatic scene had an academic purpose. First-year students enrolled in a “Forensic Chemistry” course taught by chemistry and biochemistry professor Marya Lieberman worked the Hesburgh Library crime scene as the capstone experience for the class.

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Talk Science seminar discusses research from undergraduate students and faculty

Author: Rachel Cotton, '14

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Scientia, the Undergraduate Journal of Scientific Research, hosts a monthly seminar series entitled, Talk Science. Held in the Jordan Hall of Science Reading Room in a fun and informal setting, Talk Science is a time and place for building camaraderie among science undergraduate students and faculty. Junior chemistry major Ansel Nalin and Prof. Stuart Jones both gave presentations on their research to 35 students at the most recent Talk Science seminar on Thursday, February 7.

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MurphyKate Montee named a 2013-2014 Churchill Scholar

Author: Stephanie Healey

Murphy Kate Montee

The Winston Churchill Foundation of the United States has selected MurphyKate Montee as a Churchill Scholar for the academic year 2013-2014. She will use the scholarship to study at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom for her Master of Advanced Studies (Part III) in Theoretical Mathematics with a focus on geometry and topology. 

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New dual degree prepares physicians for global health careers

Author: Sarah Craig

Eck Institute for Global Health

The University of Notre Dame’s Eck Institute for Global Health and the Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM) have announced a new opportunity for IUSM medical students to receive global health training through a joint Medical Doctor/Master of Science in Global Health (M.D./M.S.) integrated dual degree program that will begin in August.

“We are excited about this joint effort that will prepare students to make a big impact on the health of some of the world’s most underserved populations,” says Gregory Crawford, dean of the College of Science at Notre Dame.

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Notre Dame student wins national mathematics prize

Author: Marissa Gebhard

MurphyKate Montee

MurphyKate Montee, a senior honors mathematics and music double major at the University of Notre Dame, has received the 2013 Alice T. Schafer Mathematics Prize, an honor awarded to only one undergraduate woman in the U.S. each year.

Montee is a member of the Seminar for Undergraduate Mathematical Research (SUMR), a program designed for the most talented mathematics students at Notre Dame. Montee is completing a senior honors thesis, titled “On the Construction of the Chern Classes of Complex Vector Bundles.” Montee has already authored or co-authored three research articles, two of which have been submitted for publication and have appeared on the Mathematics ArXiv.

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Nanotechnology competition brings top undergraduate researchers from across U.S. to Notre Dame

Author: Arnie Phifer

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Elisabeth Bianco, a senior chemistry major at Ohio State University, received the $3,000 first place award at the second annual Notre Dame Competition in Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, and Campus Tour (NDConnect).

Bianco won for her exploration of the properties of a one-atom-thick layer of the semiconductor germanium, which she synthesized for the first time and then characterized.

“Only a couple of years ago, the Nobel Prize was awarded to the researchers who developed graphene, a two-dimensional material made of carbon atoms,” says Ken Kuno, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry at Notre Dame.

“Elisabeth’s work moves beyond graphene by looking at a two-dimensional layer of germanium, which has many interesting properties, including advantages in the development of new transistors for computers.”

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Senior Kevin McDermott spends summer at CERN

Author: Stephanie Healey

Kevin McDermott

Kevin McDermott, a senior physics major at the University of Notre Dame, recently returned from the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva, Switzerland, where he spent nine weeks as a summer researcher. CERN is home to the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), most powerful particle accelerator in the world. McDermott was one of 10 students selected from the United States to work at CERN for the summer.

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Notre Dame REU program hosts annual intercollegiate Physics Olympics

Author: Stephanie Healey

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On July 9,  the Department of Physics and Notre Dame’s Physics Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program hosted the annual Physics Olympics in the Jordan Hall of Science. REU students from Michigan State, Purdue and Notre Dame participated in the events.

This year’s Physics Olympics included three group events designed to draw upon the students’ knowledge of basic physics principles.  Each event was timed and utilized everyday household items that needed to be used to complete a task.

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