Friday, March 30, 2007

Nicole Morozowich Receives NSF-REU Travel Award


Chemistry major Nicole Morozowich presented a poster in the chemical education field during the recent 233rd ACS National Meeting in Chicago, IL. The poster, titled "Conversion of Free Base Octaethylporphyrins to Oxypyriporphyrins", was the result of research with Dr. Christian Brückner at the University of Connecticut.

In the summer of 2006, Nicole took part in the Research for Undergraduates Program at the University of Connecticut with Dr. Brückner, with help from a 2006 Indiana University of Pennsylvania School of Research Travel Award. Her research topic was "Synthesis of pyrrolidinone-derivatized porphyrinoids by the step-wise conversion of a pyrrolic building block in octaethylporphyrin into a pyrrolidinone moiety".

Nicole was then awarded the NSF-REU Chemistry Travel Award for the 2007 ACS Conference, which allowed her to travel to Chicago and present her work.

Currently, Nicole is working with Dr. Heba Abourahma here in the department on the "Modification of solid state properties and investigation of polymorphism in active pharmaceutical ingredients by co-crystallization with molecules containing complementary functional groups for self-assembly". Nicole plans to present some of this work at the 2nd Annual IUP Undergraduate Scholars Conference on April 11.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Elizabeth Paladin Named 2007 Goldwater Scholar


Elizabeth Paladin has been named a 2007 Barry M. Goldwater Scholar. Elizabeth is a sophomore at IUP studying chemistry. She is a part of the Robert E. Cook Honors College. She plans to pursue a Ph.D. in chemistry after graduation, aiming toward a career in pharmaceuticals. She enjoys participating in an independent research study with Dr. Heba Abourahma, examining co-crystal formation as a method of preparing active pharmaceutical ingredients. Elizabeth serves as the treasurer for the IUP American Chemical Society student affiliate, and is part of the IUP cello choir.

The Goldwater Scholarship (official site) is awarded annually to approximately 300 students in the natural sciences and mathematics, out of a pool of over 1,000 students. The selection committee looks for students who plan to pursue Ph.D. degrees in the sciences or mathematics, and develop careers in research. The award consists of $7,500 annually for up to 2 years, to cover school expenses. Sophomores or juniors are eligible to apply for the scholarship award.

This is the second Goldwater awarded to an IUP chemistry student in recent years. Tom Baker (BS '05) received one in 2004.

Monday, March 19, 2007

Summer Internship at Pfizer

A summer position at the Pfizer research center in La Jolla, CA is available for summer 2007.

They are looking for someone who has a good background and interest in analytical chemistry, computers and/or robotics. The project would be involved with implementing an automated system that screens new discovery compounds in various formulation vehicles. Some familiarity with analytical techniques (HPLC) and computer/instrument interfaces would be beneficial. Also knowledge of QSAR would be helpful.

We just got this notice today, but the deadline for submitting your interest is Friday, March 30.

If you're an IUP undergraduate student with interest/knowledge in these areas, please contact Dr. McElroy ASAP for more information.

You can also start the process by submitting your resume and other information to the Pfizer website here.