Submitted by Assistant Professor of Chemistry Claire Siburt
Twelve Chemistry students and four Chemistry faculty members participated in the Southeastern Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society (SERMACS) in November 2012. This professional meeting drew approximately 2,000 chemists, including academic, government and industry professionals, from Puerto Rico to Tennessee and beyond. Meredith College was well represented with a very large and active group of young female chemists in attendance.
Meredith students presented posters, gave talks, attended plenary sessions, met with future employers and graduate school representatives, and volunteered at the registration and networking events. Members of Meredith’s chemistry faculty facilitated a symposia on Chemical Education, served as panelists, participated in workshops, presented a talk, co-authored talks and posters with collaborators, judged undergraduate presentations, coordinated an awards banquet, and volunteered for registration activities.
At the conference, Meredith senior Sayyeda Zeenat A. Razvi was awarded the SERMACS Undergraduate Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Podium Presentation, the highest undergraduate award for scientific presentations. Razvi received the award for her talk, “Reductive Iron Release Mechanisms of Iron-Siderophore, Ferrioxamine B, in the presence of Iron II Chelators.” Her mentor is Assistant Professor of Chemistry Kassy A. Mies.
Other highlights included student Meredith Hyatt and Assistant Professor of Chemistry Claire Siburt networking with nationally renowned female chemists at the Women Chemists Committee Luncheon. Several students and faculty attended the Undergraduate Awards Luncheon featuring a keynote speaker from GlaxoSmithKline, who presented "Thirty Years of HIV Drug Development: A Message of Hope."
For more information on studying chemistry at Meredith, visit meredith.edu/admissions/chemistry.
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