BJU Students Present at American Chemical Society

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GREENVILLE, S.C. (November 28, 2017) – Five Bob Jones University students recently presented papers at the South East Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society (SERMACS) in Charlotte, North Carolina.

With nearly 157,000 members, the American Chemical Society (ACS) is the world’s largest scientific society and one of the world’s leading sources of authoritative scientific information. ACS publishes numerous scientific journals and databases, convenes major research conferences, and provides educational, science policy and career programs in chemistry.

“It was exciting to see the students as chemical professionals presenting their research, fielding questions and interacting with other American Chemical Society leaders,” said BJU chemistry professor, Dr. Robert Lee.

Claire Overly, a senior biochemistry and molecular biology major from Greenville, presented her paper titled “Investigating variants of a fluorescent calcium sensor towards engineering metal binding selectivity,” describing her 2017 summer research project completed at Penn State University.

Joshua England, a senior chemistry major from Anchorage, Alaska, presented his paper titled “Optimization of Ceramide Synthesis and Purification,” describing his 2017 summer research project completed for Cayman Chemical, a company that produces pharmaceutical ingredients and products for forensic science and biomedical research in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

James Kuzmic, a junior chemistry major from Greenville; Erin Martin, a senior biochemistry and molecular biology major from Greenville; and Aleithia Sass, a senior biochemistry and molecular biology major from Antigo, Wisconsin; presented their paper titled, “Synthesis of ML-336 from 5-Nitroanthranilic Acid via Conventional Methods,” describing research completed as a part of BJU’s summer 2017 Research Immersion for Undergraduates in Chemistry program in collaboration with Cayman Chemical.