Undergraduate News

Discover the groundbreaking research projects graduate students are working on, as well as prestigious awards and fellowships students are receiving.

  • January 5, 2017

    Professors Snyder and Abrams collaborate with colleagues in Biology and Neuroscience to create novel, interdisciplinary courses: Integrated Science Experience 1 & 2

        Interdisciplinary, Integrated Course Ideas Receive Provost Grants Chemistry faculty, John Snyder and Binyomin Abrams, in conjunction with colleagues in the Departments of Biology (Kathryn Spilios and John “Chip” Celenza) and Neuroscience (Paul Lipton and Lucia Pastorino) have successfully proposed ideas to develop integrated, inquiry-based laboratory courses for first and second year biology, chemistry, and neuroscience students.   Jointly funded by the Office of the Provost, the Center Teaching & Learning, and the College of Arts and Sciences, these interdisciplinary course development grants aim to promote faculty and student collaboration across disciplines in support of innovative, research-oriented undergraduate laboratory education.   The new courses... [ More ]

  • May 11, 2016

    Tyler Casselman wins 2016 Laursen Summer Research Scholarship

    Undergraduate student Tyler Casselman, a rising Junior doing research in Prof. John Snyder's laboratory, is the 2016 recipient of the Laursen Summer Research Scholarship (LSRS).  Tyler's summer research continues his investigations in the Snyder group into a synthesis of drug transport within a polymer.  His work focuses on developing a procedure to integrate a highly reactive ring system, known as a tetrazine, into polymers. This has an immediate application to drug transport within a polymer via a cycloaddition, which will further the research of the Snyder Group. Tyler, who is 21 and comes from East Amherst, New York, is interested in natural product synthesis... [ More ]

  • May 21, 2015

    Interdisciplinary, Integrated Course Ideas Receive Provost Grants

    Chemistry faculty, John Snyder and Binyomin Abrams, in conjunction with colleagues in the Departments of Biology (Kathryn Spilios and John “Chip” Celenza) and Neuroscience (Paul Lipton and Lucia Pastorino) have successfully proposed ideas to develop integrated, inquiry-based laboratory courses for first and second year biology, chemistry, and neuroscience students.   Jointly funded by the Office of the Provost, the Center for Excellence & Innovation in Teaching, and the College of Arts and Sciences, these interdisciplinary course development grants aim to promote faculty and student collaboration across disciplines in support of innovative, research-oriented undergraduate laboratory education.   The new courses that are being... [ More ]

  • May 11, 2015

    Abrams Receives 2015 Metcalf Award for Excellence in Teaching

    Every year, as the academic year draws to a close, Boston University honors a number of faculty for their outstanding work in the classroom and with their students with the Metcalf Award for Excellence in Teaching.  This year, Senior Lecturer in Chemistry, Dr. Binyomin Abrams, has received Boston University's top teaching award. Dr. Abrams investment in the advancement of his students influences all of his activities as an educator, including making chemical education his primary research pursuit.  In his second year at BU, he received the College of Arts and Science’s 2010 Templeton Prize for Excellence in Student Advising.  In the... [ More ]

  • April 21, 2015

    Environmental Health Scientist Speaks at Chemistry Convocation

    The Director of the Consumer Safety and Sustainability Group for Consumer Reports, Dr. Urvashi Rangan, was the Distinguished Alumni Speaker at this year's Chemistry Convocation (May 16, 2015).  Dr. Rangan received her BA in Chemistry from Boston University in 1990, doing undergraduate research in organic chemistry with Prof. John Snyder.  She received her PhD in Environmental Health Sciences from Johns Hopkins University in 1995 and did postdoctoral work at the Environmental and Occupational Health Science Institute (Rutgers University).  She was an NIH fellow from 1990-97. A noted environmental health scientist, Dr. Rangan has a column in Consumer Reports' ShopSmart magazine... [ More ]

  • August 8, 2012

    Chemistry Receives NSF REU Site Award

    The National Science Foundation's Research Experience for Undergraduates Program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. For the second time, BU Chemistry has received one of these coveted site awards. Focused on the theme "Fundamental Research in Chemistry Addressing Problems in Biology," the 3-year program (2012-2015) is led by Professors John Snyder (Principal Investigator) and Linda Doerrer (Co-PI). Our site will give 30 undergraduates (10/summer) the opportunity to engage in cutting edge, basic chemical research projects that address biological problems. Starting in the summer... [ More ]

  • June 18, 2012

    Abrams Undergraduate Researcher Awarded ACS NES Summer Fellowship

    The Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society (NESACS) established the James Flack Norris and Theodore William Richards Undergraduate Summer Fellowships to honor the memories of Professors Norris and Richards by promoting research interactions between undergraduate students and faculty. This year’s NESACS summer research fellowship was awarded to Morris Cohen (BU Chemistry, Class of 2013), who joined the research group of Dr. Binyomin Abrams in the fall of 2011. Under the mentorship of Dr. Abrams and former PFF Dr. Adam Moser, Morris has been working on the development of an all-atom computational model for the meta-phenylene ethynylene class of foldamers... [ More ]

  • May 11, 2012

    BU Chemistry Day 2012

    BU Chemistry hosted more than 100 students from the Boston Community Leadership Academy (BCLA) and English High School on May 4, 2012 for the fourth annual Chemistry Day. The morning long program began with a demonstration session given by BU Chemistry undergraduates and coordinated by Postdoctoral Faculty Fellow (PFF)  Dr. Seann Mulcahy. The demonstration explored pH, having fun with liquid nitrogen, synthesizing nylon, and making "Elephant's Toothpaste." After the demonstration, students spent time in our undergraduate teaching labs performing experiments in electrochemistry of metals (a variation on a CH 101 undergraduate lab experiment), electrolysis of salt water, and identifying antioxidants... [ More ]

  • March 16, 2012

    Renovation Inspires Technology Innovation in Undergrad Organic Lab

    BU Chemistry has dramatically improved the undergraduate organic chemistry laboratory by giving students access to major research instrumentation and state-of-the-art technology. By enabling more modern experimentation, these resources foster critical thinking and problem solving skills that prepare undergraduates for  graduate and pre-professional schools or for careers in industry. Advanced experimentation also enables more sophisticated student-designed research-type projects. Renovations and instrumentation Renovations in the Metcalf Center for Science and Engineering (Summer 2011) have transformed our organic chemistry instructional laboratories into an 6,350 sq. ft. suite with fume hoods and bench areas for each student, auxiliary support space, and a chemical stockroom. Space... [ More ]

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