Oklahoma State University

Travel Grant to Elecrochemical Society Meeting

krishnanGroupPheonix2015The Electrochemical Society has recently awarded Charuksha Walgama, a graduate student in the group of Dr. Krishna, a Travel Grant to attend the Electrochemical Society Meeting.  The meeting was held on Oct 11-15, 2015 at Phoenix, AZ.   His paper was entitled "Mediator-Less Direct Electron Transfer and Oxygen Reduction By Bilirubin Oxidase Adsorbed on to a Bucky Paper Electrode”.  It was presented in the Physical and Analytical Electrochemistry section of the meeting.  
Pictured is Dr. Krishnan’s research group at the meeting (l to r) Gayan Premaratne, Charuksha Walgama, Dr. Sadagopan Krishnan, Rajasekhar Nerimetla, Vini Singh, Zainab Al Mubarak.
 

 

 

 

Freshman Research Scholar

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In May 2015, Cassidy Gierhart, a Freshman Research Scholar mentored in our department by Dr. Christopher Fennell, recently presented her research work at the 2015 OSU Scholar Development Undergraduate Research Symposium. In her project, titled "Organized Disorder: Packing in Microscopic and Macroscopic Systems", Cassidy uncovered a direct correspondence between random packing the microscopic and macroscopic worlds, this through molecular glass formation simulations and analogous packing experiments using Runts candies. She was awarded "Best Overall Presentation" at the symposium, an honor afforded to only a single student each year. We congratulate Cassidy on such early research success!

 

 

Udall Winner

 

meaghanM2015Maeghan Murie of Cleveland, Okla., is Oklahoma State  Maeghan Murie of Cleveland, Okla., is Oklahoma State University's latest Udall scholar, one of the nation’s most prestigious undergraduate awards. Murie, a junior majoring in chemistry, biochemistry and molecular biology, was surprised in class with the announcement during the second week of April.  You can read more at OSU's News and Announcements page.

 

 

 

 

 

Outstanding Student Presentation

 

Evangeline Rukundo’s presentation at the 3rd Water Conference on April 11th 2014 at OSU was selected as an outstanding student presentation.

 

The title was : Zinc Oxide Nanomaterials for Arsenic Removal from Drinking and Waste Water

 

A low temperature precursor method was developed in which the decomposition of zinc 2-oximinocarboxylates produced small volatile organic fragments and deposited nanocrystalline zinc oxide. The mechanism of deposition produced a zinc oxide surface that was well-suited for adsorption of arsenic resulting in high capacity for both arsenite and arsenate. Excellent results were achieved for treatment of arsenic-containing​ drinking water and waste water from the semiconductor industry.

 

Ms. Rukundo is a graduate student working under the direction of Dr. Allen Apblett.  She currently holds a 2014-2015 Faculty for the Future Fellowship program from the Schlumberger Foundation Board of Trustees

 

Phi Kappa Phi Inductee

 

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Ms. Lucy Lehoczky from Leawood, Kansas, a junior chemistry major, was recently inducted into Phi Kappa Phi. 

 

Lucy has had an outstanding career so far at OSU. This spring she was awarded her second Skinner Scholarship from the department.  This year she also received the Bailey Memorial Scholarship to study abroad next spring spring semester, as well as the A&S Alumni Scholarship. She has finished her fourth semester at OSU and after graduation plans to attend Medical School.

 

Chemistry Award Winners 

 

Congratulations to the Chemistry Award Winners!

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(L to R) Maeghan Murie, Kuizhi Chen, Frank Blum, Chelsea Fortenberry, Susan Pham, Lionel Raff, Lucy Lehoczky, Andrew Adams, Madhu Madduma, Renuka Rathnasekara 

 

In March, the department held its awards banquet and the following persons were honored.

 

Outstanding Graduating Senior: Chelsea Fortenberry

Dermer Scholarships for Outstanding Graduate Students: Kuizhi Chen, Madhu Madduma, Renuka Rathnasekara

Raff Scholarship: Andrew Adams

Skinner Scholarship: Lucy Lehoczky, Maeghan Murie, Junghak Yoon, Andrew Adams

Hamilton Scholarship: Susan Pham

 

Schlumberger Fellowship Award

 

rukundo2013smallIn the spring of 2013, Ms. Evangeline Rukundo was awarded a Faculty for The Future Fellowship from the Schlumberger Foundation for the 2013-14 year. This award will provide a stipend and expenses for her graduate education in the OSU Chemistry Department.  Ms. Rukundo is a third year graduate student working with Dr. Allen Apblett.  Ms. Rukundo has a B.S. degree in chemistry from Oklahoma Christian University. She is currently working on her Ph.D in chemistry.  Her research is on the development of low temperature precursors for metal oxides that may find use in environmental applications.

 

Wentz Research Scholars

 

cortney cowley patricia prawl of the wentz foundation josh damron bob graalman of scholar development and wentz display award winner ariel leff

Thirty-eight Wentz Scholars were recognized for their undergraduate research in front of family, friends, faculty and staff in the Student Union Ballroom at Oklahoma State University on Friday, April 19. Pictured right is our own Josh Damron who is currently on a Fulbright Fellowship in Germany.

 

A poster browse session was followed by a short presentation on the importance of research and the history of the Wentz program, whichhas stimulated collaborative efforts  between OSU students and faculty, leading to many national scholarships and awards, impressive graduate school appointments, and job offers. The prestigious scholarship provides $4,500 per year to each student for graduate study or national competitions. You can read the full article here.

 


 

 Beth McGraw Hixon Scholarship

 

 

 2012 

 

 

 Colin, Alyson 

 

 

 2011 

 

 

 Hagan, Christina 

 

 

 2009 

 

 

 Mendoza, Kayla 

 

 

Hach Foundation Scholarship

 

 

 2008  

 

 Miller, Amanda 

 

 

Hamilton Scholarship

The recipient must be enrolled as a full-time student at OSU with a declared major being Chemistry. The recipient must also have earned at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA.

 

 2010 

 

 

  Huff, Daniel  

 

 

Lionell Raff Scholarship 

Recipient must be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student at OSU and have demonstrated academic excellence in Physical Chemistry. 

 

 2012 

 

 

 Cain, Nicholas 

 

 

 2011 

 

 

 Cooper, John 

 

 

 2010 

 

 

 Markley, Jana 

 

 

 2009 

 

 

 Sluch, Ilya 

 

 

 2008 

 

 


Mildred H. & John U Skinner Award

Recipient must be working toward degrees in the Department of Chemistry; shall have demonstrated outstanding scholastic ability; based on satisfactory academic progress, as determined by the selection committee, recipients are eligible to receive a fellowship for more than one year.

 

 

 

 

 2012 

 

Cain, Nicholas

Davidson, Reina

Downey, Matthew

Gondal, Mishal

 

 

 

 

 

 2011 

 

Arscott, Raianna

Cain, Nicholas
Cooper, John
Davidson, Reina
Downey, Matthew
Fortenberry, Chelsea

 

 

 

 

 

 2010 

 

Carroll, Michael

Cave, Kelsey
Closuit, Nicholas
Squires, Scott

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 2009 

 

Cannon, Robert

Carroll, Michael

Cave, Kelsey

Cooper, John

Craig, Josiah

James, Travis

Markely, Jana

Roewe, Kimberly

Squires, Scott

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 2008 


Asmamaw, Tsednia
Braaten, Tyler
Collier, Shanetha
Markley, Jana
Michie, Joseph
Sluch, Ilya
White, Brian

 

 

 

O.C. Dermer Scholarship

The recipient shall be a chemistry graduate with an excellent record of academic achievement and who is or will be enrolled in the graduate program in chemistry at OSU; second criteria, after excellence in academics, will be financial need by a graduate student.

 

 2012 

 

 

 Mathota, Arachchige Yohan 

 

 

  2011  

 

 Shrick, Aaron 

 

 

  2010  

 

 Patil, Nitin 

 

 

 2009  

 

 Nammalwar, Baskar 

 

  2008  

 

 Subramanium, Sri 

 

Shively Scholarship 

Recipients must be incoming freshman enrolled full time (12 credit hours) at OSU and have  displayed academic achievement in high school. Financial need may also be taken in to consideration.

 

 2010 

 

 

 Davidson, Reina 

 

 

 2008 

 

 

  Cave, Kelsey  

 

 

 

Tom E. Moore Scholarship

Recipient must be an outstanding undergraduate chemistry major and must be a junior or senior enrolled as a full-time student at OSU.

 

  2012  

 

 

 Fortenberry, Chelsea 

 

 

  2011  

 

 

 Damron, Joshua 

 

 

 2010 

 

 

 Cooper, John  

 

 

  2009 

 

 

 White, Brian  

 

 

  2008 

 

 

 Nago, Takahiro