Spotlights

Student Spotlights

Lily Holden

Address:
"If you think you might be interested in a project on campus, be persistent and get involved. College is one of the few times in your life where your whole day is dedicated to learning."

Hometown: Edina, MN

Major(s): Marketing and Biology

Current Research Group: Gellman

 

What are your plans after graduation?

I hope to continue my work within STEM as a sales representative in science and technology. I want to be able to utilize innovation to impact. My business experience will be helpful for me post-graduation, but my STEM courses have taught me to question, analyze, and innovate.

Why did you get involved in research?

I wanted to get involved in research because college is about discovering your passions. It is very easy to get stuck in your major requirements and not explore- but pursuing multiple subjects makes you more adaptable and introduces you to people from so many different backgrounds.

Briefly describe your favorite part about research

My favorite part about research is how applicable it is to what is occurring in our world. The pandemic has altered our economy, our social lives, and political environment. Research challenges you to approach problems from thousands of angles. I remember Russ told me that in research you often don’t even know what question you should be asking. I am currently reading publications on potential COVID vaccines and am learning how various labs are attempting to outsmart and understand this microscopic virus that has come to dominate our world.

Eleanor Landwehr

Address:
"I love the idea of doing new things that no one else has ever done, and continually building on my knowledge."

Hometown: Hartland, WI

Major(s): Chemical Engineering

Current Research Group: Schomaker

 

What are your plans after graduation?

After graduation, I plan on going to graduate school. I want to get my PhD in organic chemistry and hope to one day be an organic chemistry professor. I am extremely passionate about research and hope that it is always a part of my life and career.

Why did you get involved in research?

I hope to one day have a career in research. I love the idea of doing new things that no one else has ever done, and continually building on my knowledge. Research means that you never stop learning, and that is something that I love.

What has been the scariest/most challenging part of research?

The scariest part initially was worrying that I would mess something up so badly and somehow cause an accident or mess up someone else’s work. The reality is is that everybody makes mistakes and whether they are big or small, they are all mostly fixable and chances are someone else in your lab has made that same mistake. Mistakes are something you can bond over just as much as successes!

Faculty Spotlights

John Berry

Address:
"I see undergraduate research as a great way to show undergraduate students what life is like should they decide to go to graduate school in chemistry."

Hometown: Newport News, VA

Path(s): Organic, Inorganic, Physical/Theoretical

Research Description: We study the synthesis and properties of transition metal compounds.

Berry Group Website

 

Favorite Book/Movie?

Book: Catch-22, Movie: Amadeus

If you could give an undergrad one piece of advice regarding research, what would it be?

Don’t give up if you don’t have success in research right away. We can learn just as much from negative results as we do from positive ones.

 

Sam Gellman

Address:
"Be persistent when you are search for a research position, and then be persistent in your research."

Hometown: Evanston, IL and Wyncote, PA

Path(s): Organic, Chem Bio

Research Description: We are studying relationships between structure and function among proteins and among synthetic protein-inspired molecules that we design and synthesize.

Gellman Group Website

 

If you could give an undergrad one piece of advice regarding research, what would it be?

Be persistent when you are search for a research position, and then be persistent in your research.