On Saturday April 6th, Ursinus College faculty and students once again attended the annual Intercollegiate Student Chemists Convention (ISCC). This year’s convention was hosted by Gettysburg College on their campus. Amid the field of presenters from other area colleges, two Ursinus College student researchers, Julia Dorsheimer and Daniel Lippe, presented their research at this year’s convention.
Julia Dorsheimer (CHEM ’19) presented her research “Toward the Rational Design of Photoinduced Electron Transfer-Based Fluorescent Probes”. Under Dr. Ryan Walvoord ’s mentorship, Julia used the new Bruker 300 MHz NMR in her research work. The Bruker spectrometer was installed in Pfahler Hall towards the end of the spring 2018 semester.
Also mentored by Dr. Walvoord, Daniel Lippe (CHEM ’20) presented his research work “Synthesis of Aminofluorophores via the Smiles Rearrangement”. Like Julia, Daniel also used the new NMR that is housed in the lower level of Pfahler Hall while conducting his research.
Several faculty members from the chemistry department and fellow chemistry majors accompanied the pair presenting at the ISCC in Gettysburg to lend support and to hear about research being conducted on other college campuses. This was an exciting day of chemistry for all the attendees particularly for our student chemists looking forward to next year’s convention.