Undergraduate News

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

  • May 23, 2018

    Boston University’s 2018 Undergraduate Research Symposium

    On Friday, May 4th, 2018 the work of 22 students was spotlighted in this year’s Undergraduate Research Symposium (URS).  The high-caliber projects presented underscored the importance of the hands-on, challenging research that is the hallmark of Boston University's Chemistry major. The even was organized by the Undergraduate Programs Committee, Professor John Snyder and coordinated by our Undergraduate Program Coordinator, Julia Jesielowski. URS was first instituted in 1987 by then Director of Undergraduate Studies, and now Emeritus, Prof. Mort Hoffman, and has been a much anticipated, spring’s-end annual event ever since.  The Symposium is modeled along the lines of talks at an American Chemical Society (ACS)... [ More ]

  • June 2, 2017

    BUnano Symposium sheds light on innovations in imaging

    On May 2 BU Nanotechnology Innovation Center (BUnano) held its inaugural symposium “Nanotechnology for Imaging”. The symposium focused on The "Nanotechnology For Imaging" symposium will be focused on highlighting accomplishments of BUnano faculty and students, and featured keynote presentation by 2014 Nobel Prize winner for Chemistry, Professor Stefan Hell.   BUnano Center Director Prof. Mark Grinstaff welcomed the audience in the packed Metcalf Trustee Ballroom. and presented BUnano’s mission to promote a vibrant and dynamic community for nano-related disciplines at BU. What distinguishes BUnano from other nano centers in the Boston area is its connection to the Boston Medical Center and the BUSM. ... [ More ]

  • June 2, 2017

    Boston Universities 2017 Chemistry Undergraduate Symposium

                        On Friday, May 5th, 2017 the work of 11 students was spotlighted in this year’s Undergraduate Research Symposium (URS).  The outstanding quality of the projects presented underscored the importance of the hands-on, challenging research that is the hallmark of BU’s Chemistry major. The even was organized by the Undergraduate Programs Committee, Professor John Snyder and coordinated by our Undergraduate Coordinator, Lauren Jett. URS was first instituted in 1987 by then Director of Undergraduate Studies, and now Emeritus, Prof. Mort Hoffman, and has been a much anticipated, spring’s-end annual event ever since.  The Symposium is modeled along the lines of talks at an... [ More ]

  • April 13, 2017

    Professor Rosina M. Georgiadis’ use of “virtual machines” featured in Chemical & Engineering News

    New approaches to undergraduate lab classes Virtual machines, digital badges, and trips to the museum enrich the undergraduate lab experience. When it comes to developing fresh educational approaches, college and university professors focus on the classroom and often neglect the laboratory. But, at the ACS national meeting, held earlier this month in San Francisco, attendees heard from professors who are working to improve the undergraduate laboratory experience. Professor Rosina M. Georgiadis, along with Norman C. Lee and the staff at the Boston University Chemical Instrumentation Center, partnered with Agilent Technologies to use virtual machines in her classes to end the "round robin" student... [ More ]

  • 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 ]

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