Congratulations graduates

The Department congratulates chemistry students who received degrees at the August Commencement ceremony.

  • BS
    • Christopher Hile
    • Eric Hines
    • Cierra Johnson
    • Catherine King
    • Dana Stehr
  • MS
    • Rachel Albury
  • PhD
    • Alex Cruce, “Drug Binding Characterization of CYPs Utilizing CW and Pulsed EPR”
      Advisor: Prof. Michael Bowman
    • Ashley Jolly, “Probing the Binding Properties of Polyelectrolytes as Supramolecular Hosts”
      Advisor: Prof. Marco Bonizzoni
    • Zhexi “Jesse” Li, “Preparation and Novel Applications of Trihalomethyl Carbinols”
      Advisor: Prof. Timothy Snowden
    • Michele Stover, “Computational Studies of the Fundamental Thermodynamic Properties of Amino Acids and Small Peptides”
      Advisor: Prof. David Dixon
    • Jue Wang, “Enhancing Energy Harvesting and Conversion Efficiencies of Heterogenous Photocatalysts for Solar Water Splitting Using Surface Plasmon Resonance and Cathodic Reduction Methods”
      Advisor: Prof. Shanlin Pan

Congratulations to Chemistry Graduates

The Chemistry Department congratulates our students who received degrees in the May Commencement ceremony.


  • Edward Ellingsworth, Spectroscopic, Structural, and Electrical Characterization of Thin Films Vapor- Deposited from the Spin-Crossover Complex Fe(phen)2(NCS)2. Advisor: Dr. Greg Szulczewski
  • Adam Magyar, ESI-MS and EPR Spin Trapping Study of Xanthophylls: Structural and Environmental Impacts on Reactivity. Advisors: Dr. Michael Bowman, Dr. Lowell Kispert
  • Tanya Mikulas, Electronic Structure Investigations of Titanium Oxide Nanoclusters, Boron- Nitrogen Heterocycles, and Reaction Products of Lanthanides with Oxygen Difluoride and Lanthanides with Water. Advisor: Dr. David Dixon
  • Katrina Staggemeier, The Use of Mesoporous Silica as a Template for the Nanocasting of Metal Oxide Arrays. Advisor: Dr. Martin Bakker

ACS-Certified BS Degree

  • Yuliya Birman, summa cum laude
  • Hill Brakefield, summa cum laude
  • Qiyang Chen
  • Jesse Gettinger, summa cum laude
  • Lauren Hagler, cum laude
  • Savannah Reach
  • Meredith Rickard, magna cum laude
  • Kaehler Roth, magna cum laude
  • Mallory Smith
  • Lynda Truong, summa cum laude
  • Wenzhi Yao, magna cum laude
  • Ali Yousuf

BS Degree

  • Hala Abisamra, magna cum laude
  • Shaquille Brown
  • Diana Freeman, cum laude
  • Ronneshia Jackson
  • Katherine Jernigan, summa cum laude
  • Nate Lynam
  • Meghan Martin, magna cum laude
  • Benjamin McCormick
  • Lisa Marie Morgan
  • Joseph Neff, summa cum laude
  • Christian Palmer
  • Michael Patterson
  • Olivia Roe, summa cum laude
  • Zachary Taylor
  • Jesse Wu, summa cum laude

Honors Day Award Recipients

The Department congratulates students receiving honors during the Department of Chemistry Honors Day Convocation on April 3rd.

  • Outstanding Chemistry Graduate Student Award: Michele Stover
  • Outstanding Third Year Chemistry Student Award:  Shengjie Zhang
  • Outstanding Second Year Chemistry Student Award: Kerry Barnett
  • Outstanding First Year Teaching Award: Molly Lockart
  • Outstanding Dissertation Research Award: Caleb Hill
  • Outstanding Dissertation Award: Parker McCrary
  • American Institute of Chemists Award:  Meredith Rickard and Lynda Truong
  • Outstanding Chemistry Undergraduate Student Award: Kate Kuykendall and Kindle Williams
  • Outstanding Chemistry Undergraduate Research Award: Yuliya Birman and Sean Miller
  • ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry Award: Hill Brakefield
  • ACS Division of Organic Chemistry Award: Lynda Truong
  • Outstanding Analytical Chemistry Student Award: Nicole Chambers
  • Outstanding Organic Student Award: Katherine Baguette, Stephen McClain, Tu Minh Vo, Michelle Weyhaupt
  • Outstanding Nursing Chemistry Student Award:  Emily Chiaravalloti
  • Outstanding General Chemistry Student Award:  William Baird, Blair Bush, Shaun Hogan, Brennen Lummus, Kara Macintyre, Larissa Magera, Martin Schwarze, Miranda White, Olivia Willemsen

Chemistry in Cuba

Dr. Patrick Frantom, an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry, recently visited the Department of Biology at the University of Havana, Cuba as part of the UA Cuba Initiative . Dr. Frantom was part of a group of 12 UA faculty members from various colleges and departments that visited Cuba to establish educational and research ties with their counterparts in Havana. Dr. Frantom was hosted by Dr. Isel Pascual Alonso, the vice-dean for research in the Facultad de Biología and researcher at the Center for Protein Studies. Dr. Frantom taught courses with 3rd and 4th year biochemistry students and presented a research seminar to the faculty of the Center for Protein Studies. He also met with the vice-dean for undergraduate studies in biology and several members of the chemistry department. “It was an eye-opening experience, “ said Frantom. “The faculty and students are working very hard to make the best of the opportunities they have, something we occasionally take for granted here in the U.S.”

Building for the Facultad de Biología at the University of Havana


Dr. Isel Pascual Alonso (left) and Dr. Patrick Frantom (right)


Dr. Frantom with a 3rd year undergraduate biochemistry class.






NOBCChE and CGSO Students Night at the Museum

On Saturday, February 7, 2015 the Chemistry Graduate Student Organization (CGSO) and the UA chapter of the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE) joined forces to represent the Department of Chemistry at the 4th Annual Night at the Museum. The Graduate Student Association (GSA), The Graduate School, The Museum of Natural History, and Graduate Parent Support hold this event annually to show children what graduate students do. The event was held in Smith Hall, the home of the Museum of Natural History. More than 500 people attended the event. The CGSO/NOBCChE had an interactive demo room where various experiments where performed with children in order to engage them in the field of chemistry. Graduate students that participated were Carl St. Louis, Jessica Gray, Tabitha Sutch, Dalton Burks, Dayne Fraser, Joseph Meany and Pandora White.

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Chemistry welcomes new faculty members

The department of Chemistry is pleased to announce the hiring two new faculty members who will join the department as assistant professors in fall 2015.

Dr. Jared Allred received his PhD from Princeton University and is currently a post-doctoral fellow at Argonne National Lab. Dr. Allred’s research focuses on the preparation and study of novel solid state magnetic materials.

Dr. Jack Dunkle received his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley and is currently a post-doctoral fellow at Emory University.  Dr. Dunkle’s research interests focus on understanding the structure and function of RNA modification enzymes.

Congratulations December Graduates

The Department congratulates the students received degrees in the December commencement ceremony

  • PhD
    • Ashley Casey, “Functional and Regulatory Mechanisms in Alpha-Isopropylmalate Synthases.”  Advisor: Patrick Frantom
    • Changgeng Feng, “Electron Transfer Dissociation Mass Spectrometry Studies of Peptides.” Advisor: Carolyn Cassady
    • Amanda Glover, “A Magnetically Triggered, Targeted Therapeutic Drug Delivery System from Polymer Micelles.” Advisor: David Nikles
    • Caleb Hill, “Fundamental and Applied Studies of Organic Photovoltaic Systems.” Advisor: Shanlin Pan
    • Melody Kelley, “Electrochromic and Photoelectrochromic Switching Devices Based on Aryl Amine Redox Chemistry.” Advisor: Silas Blackstock
  • MS
    • Hanjiao Chen
    • Yasemin Hakat
    • Jordyn Johnson
    • Ashley Jolly
    • John Lightcap
    • Alie Mallet
    • Minli Xing
  • BS
    • Haley Burhans, summa cum laude
    • Seungmi Lee, summa cum laude

Joseph Meany Places in UA 3MT Finals

Graduate student Joseph Meany placed third in the UA Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) competition.  His presentation was entitled, “Molecular Circuitry: The Little Things that Matter.”  Joseph’s PhD advisor is Dr. Stephen Woski.  The 3MT competition is a national event in which PhD students attempt to distill the essence of their dissertation into a 3 minute presentation designed to engage a non-specialist audience.  The competition began with department-level competitions followed by a semifinal competition at the University level.  Joseph was one of fifteen finalists.  Also competing in the semifinals was Pandora White with a presentation entitled, “Chromium (III): Potential Colorectal Cancer Treatment?”  Pandora’s research is directed by Prof. John Vincent.