Dr. Shannon Stitzel's research into fingerprinting the geographic origins of single-source chocolate was highlighted in a press release by the American Chemical Society. Undergraduate Gabrielle Lembo contributed to this work which utilized the Department's UPLC-MS. This instrument was purchased with an NSF grant on which Dr. Stitzel served as a co-PI.
During the 2017-18 academic year, 17 students working under Chemistry research mentors traveled to national conferences to present their research. The conferences included meetings of the American Chemical Society, American Association of Forensic Science, Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry and Materials Research Society.
The Department of Chemistry took note of the department’s achievements in gender diversity and the representation of women among our faculty and graduates. Currently, 11 out of 18 tenured/tenure track faculty are women (and the majority are tenured)…16 out of 24 full time faculty are women. In the last two years, 68% of Chemistry graduates were female. For the Forensic Chemistry major, 80% of graduates last year were female and 89% of the Forensic Science masters graduates were female. We are the department that many other programs are trying to become with regards to gender diversity.