|Seniors Stacie Cressman (white shirt) and Stephanie
Weigold (teal shirt) work together on their summer research project. |
HUNTINGTON, Ind. — For seniors Stacie Cressman and Stephanie
Weigold, this summer has been full of melting points, charts and
equations — and they couldn’t be happier.
Both have been working
since May to determine a new chemical reaction which will help in the
development of pharmaceuticals. The project, which ends Friday, was made
possible through the Hammel Research Grant. The grant is available
through an endowment to HU faculty for research in the fields of natural
sciences and mathematics.
For the two chemistry
majors, the project with Dr. Tim Troyer, assistant professor of
chemistry, was an opportunity to build up their resumes, and even more
so, get published.
“It’s a good experience for the
undergraduates. It provides them that equivalent to an internship in a
field that is very competitive,” Troyer said.
The project began
during Troyer’s teaching career in West Virginia and continued when he
became a professor at HU in 2012. This summer, though, the students made
a breakthrough in their research. Troyer plans to publish the
information later this year, hoping it will boost the effectiveness of
pharmaceuticals currently on the market.
“It’s new. It’s different,” he said. “No one has done this before. They have gotten the best conditions and the best yields.”
has been an invaluable experience for Cressman and Weigold, helping
them develop critical thinking skills and research techniques. Troyer
hopes other students will be able to have the same experiences in the
future and that it will bring more interest to the university’s pre-pharmacy program.
experiences will help to put our students ahead of the pack for jobs
and graduate school applications,” Troyer said. “Being published at the
undergraduate level with original research is a huge leap forward for