Some of the New York metropolitan area’s top chemistry students will converge on Fordham’s Rose Hill campus on May 6, for the 65th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium sponsored by The American Chemical Society’s New York Section (NYACS).

This all-day symposium will provide an opportunity for these students to present the results of their research, which encompass all areas in the realm of chemistry, such as nano and surface chemistry, biological chemistry, physical chemistry, analytical chemistry, green chemistry, organic chemistry, polymer chemistry and chemical education.

The keynote speaker is Fordham alumna Jin Kim Montclare, Ph.D., an associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at the New York University Tandem School of Engineering. Ipsita Banerjee, Ph.D., associate professor of chemistry, served as co-chair of the student activities committee for the NYACS.

“The event will bring prestige and recognition to Fordham University and is especially timely, given that we are celebrating our dodransbicentennial,” said Banerjee.

Montclare, who graduated with honors from Fordham in 1997, is performing groundbreaking research in engineering proteins to mimic nature and, in some cases, work better than nature. She works to customize artificial proteins with the aim of targeting human disorders, drug delivery and tissue regeneration as well as create nanomaterials for electronics.

Montclare is director of graduate studies of her department, associate director for Technology Advancement at the NYU’s Materials Research Science and Engineering Center, and a 2015 recipient of the Agnes Fay Morgan Research Award from Iota Sigma Pi, the National Honor Society for Women in Chemistry.

The event is open to the public.


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