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Trent Students Succeed at Chemistry Conference

Trent chemistry undergraduates won two awards, plus an honourable mention, at the annual Southwestern Ontario Undergraduate Chemistry Conference (SOUSCC), held March 22 at McMaster University.

Pam Brittain won second prize in the analytical session for her research on "Optimization of ASE parameters for extraction of arsenic from terrestrial plant samples," with Prof. Holger Hintelman as her thesis supervisor. Kyle Pilatzke won third prize for his work entitled "Inclusion of late transition metal nanoparticles produced by laser ablation in organic functionalized silica glass materials by the sol gel process," with Prof. Andrew Vreugdenhil. Ankelly Armstrong received an honourable mention for her research, "Investigating the repressor function of the 5' untranslated region of the Giardia lamblia Histone H4 gene," with Prof. Janet Yee.

In addition to the award-winners, Trent’s student contingent at the annual conference included Michael Owen, Kerry Presley, Kristen Hatcher, Jennifer Rossmann, Lindsay Smiley and Sunday Abiria. Judges commented on the high calibre of all research projects submitted by Trent.

The SOUSCC conference is sponsored by industry and the Chemical Society of Canada. This year over 70 students presented their honours project research from 10 different universities across Ontario. Trent has been chosen to host the undergraduate conference in March, 2004.

Posted March 29, 2003

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