Chemistry students travel to California

Michael Ford
Managing Editor

   The University of Arkansas – Monticello’s chemistry research team will be attending the American Chemical Society meeting March 12-16 in San Diego, Calif. The students will present two posters of research data at the Undergraduate Research Symposium.

   The team (Adam Green, Matthew McConnell, Carol Trana, Ashley Young and Lauren Young) continues to work hard on preparing the two posters for presentation: “New cathepsin D inhibitors with hydroxyethyl cyclic tertiary amines” and  “Doped and Undoped Copolymers of Polyfuran, Pyrrole and Thiophene:  A Chemical Synthesis and Conductivity Studies.”

   “The students are very excited to have this opportunity to attend a national scientific meeting and are putting in overtime to prepare outstanding posters,” said Kelley Sayyar, research manager. “I am very proud of the work they have accomplished. They will undoubtedly represent UAM well.”

   According to the ACS Web site (, this will be the society's 229th National Meeting and will feature their technical divisions, two secretariats and nine committees participating in just over 930 technical sessions. More than 9,200 papers will be presented.

   The two research projects, which the team began working on last semester, could inhibit the spread of breast cancer, colorectal cancer, lung cancer and pancreatic cancers, as well as create flexible semiconductors that could revolutionize electronics. The National Cancer Institute, the National Science Foundation and two smaller NASA-Arkansas Space Grants fund the research.

   Trana said she felt fortunate to be a part of these research opportunities, as well as other science opportunities at UAM.

   “We are very lucky to have extremely supportive math and science professors,” she said. “They are a good team in and of themselves, and they really do want their students to succeed.”

   The chemistry faculty members, who supervise the research and will attend the meeting, include: Walter Godwin, Rose McConnell and Kelley Sayyar.

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