Houghton Students Present at American Chemical Society Conference

October 20, 2022

Houghton University students had an exciting opportunity to share their own research and represent Houghton at a regional conference put on by the world’s largest scientific society. Blake Eby ’23, Isaiah Miller ’23, Emma Ryan ’25, Lydia Lagree ’23, Evan Kasper ’23, Abigail Young ’24, and Skye Chaapel ’23 presented research at an American Chemical Society North Eastern Regional Meeting (NERM) held at the Rochester Convention Center on October 2, 2022, during the conference’s undergraduate poster session.

“The American Chemical Society North Eastern Meeting is a very large meeting for this geographic area in chemistry. The undergraduate poster session was very large with over 80 posters from students at colleges and universities in the northeast,” noted Dr. Karen Torraca, professor of Chemistry.

Houghton students did an excellent job presenting their research and represented Houghton University very well.

Chaapel and Young presented research on developing a green oxidation method for alcohols. Eby, Miller, Ryan, Lagree, and Kasper presented on various topics surrounding Alzheimer’s research. Much of the research presented was collected during Houghton’s Shannon Summer Research Institute, which allows students to collaborate with expert faculty and gain a deeper understanding on a specific subject of research. These students’ hands-on research shows high-level thinking and has the potential to be used by scientists and doctors to impact future scientific discoveries and treatments.

“Students had a great time presenting our work on Alzheimer’s research during a well-attended and in-person session consisting of students from as far away as San Diego, CA,” commented Dr. Paul Martino, professor of Biochemistry.

Skye Chaapel and Abigail Young with their poster on Green Oxidation
Evan Kasper with his poster on Peptide Aggregation