20 Chemistry Students Will Present at Undergraduate Symposium

student at 2016 undergraduate symposium

The 2016 Undergraduate Symposium on Thursday, April 14, will feature 20 outstanding undergraduate chemistry major researchers and undergraduate researchers working with chemistry faculty. The event will take place at Union South from noon to 6 p.m.

This campus-wide symposium showcases the “creativity, achievement, research, service learning, and community-based research” of more than 540 undergraduates across all areas of study at UW-Madison.

Students selected to participate include undergraduates from the Ediger, Gellman, Hamers, Jin, Kiessling, Moore, Pedersen, Raines, Schomaker, Strieter, Tang, and Weisshaar research groups.


12:30-1:45 p.m.

Agriculture A Room

Mechanosensitive Channels: a Pathway for Inner Membrane Permeabilization in E. Coli by Indolicidin
Meghan Turner, Mentor: Prof. James Weisshaar

Landmark A Room

De Novo Synthesis of All Stereoisomers of 2, 3, 6-Trideoxyhexopyranosides and Their Oligomers
John Lynch, Mentor: Prof. Weiping Tang

Influence of Liposome Composition and Ph on Liposome-Water Partitioning of Lamotrigine
Brian Jun, Mentor: Prof. Joel Pedersen

2-3:15 p.m.

The Effect of Aspect Ratio on Molecular Orientation in Vapor-Deposited Organic Semiconductors
Noah Johnson, Mentor: Prof. Mark Ediger (First Nations Room)

The Cooperation Between N to Pi* and Hydrogen Bond Interactions: Implications for Protein Stability
Samuel Orke, Mentor: Robert Newberry (Industry B Room)

Lightening Talks

12:30-1:45 p.m.

The Synthesis of Fe-Ge Binary and Fe-Ge-O Ternary Nanowires for Spintronic Applications
Brandon Phillips, Mentor: Matthew Stolt (Sift and Winnow Room)


12:30-1:45 p.m.

#229 – Synthesis of Silver-Diamond/Gold-Diamond Nanocomposite for Visible Light Induced Co2 Photoreduction
Adarsh Suresh, Mentor: Prof. Robert Hamers

#262 – Coevolution of the RNA Ligase RtcB and Its Activator Archease
Amanda Beltrame, Mentor: Kevin Desai

2-3:15 p.m.

#74 – Designing Peptide Ligands to Activate G Protein-Independent Signaling Pathway of Pthr1
Jessica Simon, Mentor: Prof. Samuel Gellman

#240 – Nickel-Catalyzed Hydroborations of Styrenes
Eric Touney, Mentor: Prof. Jennifer Schomaker

#256 – Profiling E3 Ligases: Elucidating Ubiquitin Branching
Jee Hyeon Lee, Mentor: Prof. Eric Strieter

3:30-4:45 p.m.

#103 – Mindfulness and Self-Care as a Path to Better Learning
Ina Kansariwala, Supriya Hayer (Mentor)

#179 – Development of a Boronic Acid Based Antioxidant
Alexander Peterson, Thomas Smith (Mentor)

#226 – Collaborative Learning in Advanced General Chemistry
Lucas Oxtoby, Mark Bollom, Kristopher Kennedy, Sally Wu, Mentor: Prof. John Moore

#284 – Analysis of the Human Gut Microbiota Using C-Type Lectin Probes
Sheila Johnson, Gavin Dillavou-Brown, Chariesse Ellis, Mentor: Prof. Laura Kiessling