Chemistry / Biochemistry
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Department Chair:
Rebecca Whelan

Administrative Assistant:
Patricia West, A263

Department Email:


Phone: (440) 775-8300
Fax: (440) 775-6682

Location:
Science Center A263
119 Woodland St.
Oberlin, OH, 44074

Office Hours: 8:30-noon 1:00-5:00pm

News and Announcements

News and Announcements

Latest News


Oberlin professor shares melanin research with undergraduate students

Professor Belitsky, OhioLink article

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2016 Chemistry and Biochemistry Awards  

Congratulations to everyone!

 

1st year awards

CRC Press Chemistry Achievement Award: sponsored by the CRC Press and awarded to first-year students for high achievement in chemistry 

Emma Eisenbraun                  Riley Davies               Laura Dynes  

Angel Nuñez                          Helene Tiley               Jiahang Zhang


2nd year awards

Frank Fanning Jewett Prize: awarded to second-year students for unusual promise in chemistry

Anthony Allen              Elena Hartley              Mikaila Hoffman        

Emilie Lozier                Lele Mathis


Junior awards

Harrol and Virginia Baker Scholarship: awarded to an outstanding chemistry or biochemistry major for his/her senior year

Galen Brennan        Christopher Eckdahl            Calvin Gang                    

William B. and Helen Miller Scholarship: awarded to a worthy chemistry or biochemistry major for his/her senior year. 

Erika Zhang

The Norman C. Craig (’53) Endowed Chemistry Scholarship Fund: awarded to a worthy student who is majoring in chemistry or biochemistry with an outstanding academic record. 

Eric Bell

Analytical Chemistry Award: sponsored by the Division of Analytical Chemistry of the American Chemical Society and awarded to an outstanding analytical chemistry student.

Christopher Eckdahl


Graduating senior awards

Harry N. Holmes Prize: awarded to senior chemistry or biochemistry majors for high achievement in chemistry.

Jingyan (Lulu) Huang                         Sarel Loewus                                                 

Won Hee (Harry) Ryu                         Delia Scoville

David A. Evans (’63) Chemistry Prize: awarded to a chemistry major, with a preference for a student interested in organic chemistry.

Sophie Lewandowski

Merck Index Award: awarded to an outstanding senior chemistry or biochemistry major with interests in medicine or biological chemistry.

Felipe Firmo

Inorganic Chemistry Award: sponsored by the American Chemical Society Division of Inorganic Chemistry and awarded to a student whose future plans include a career in chemistry and has demonstrated excellence at the undergraduate level based on any combination of research, coursework, and/or motivation.

Noalle Fellah 

Organic Chemistry Award: sponsored by the American Chemical Society Division of Organic Chemistry and awarded to a student whose future plans include a career in chemistry and has demonstrated excellence at the undergraduate level based on any combination of research, coursework, and/or motivation.

Jonathan (Jonny) Quirke

Hypercube Scholar Award: sponsored by Hypercube, Inc. and awarded to an outstanding senior chemistry or biochemistry major interested in computational chemistry. 

Won Hee (Harry) Ryu

American Chemical Society Certified Bachelor’s Degree: awarded to students who complete the rigorous ACS undergraduate curriculum.

Chemistry: Won Hee Ryu

Chemistry and Biochemistry: Jonathan Quirke, Natasha Eklund

Biochemistry: Jeffery Levy

Graduates Presentation



Cassie Zentner

Congratulations to Cassie Zentner,  OC '13, for receiving the Presidential Fellowship from MIT.

She was one of 100 incoming students of all MIT graduate programs to receive the award. GREAT JOB CASSIE.


Congratulations to our very own Kirk Warren who has been nominated for a "Professor Props" award. This program gives first year students the opportunity to recognize mentors, advisors, faculty, and others that have made positive contribution to the first year experience. Kirk was nominated by a student in General Chemistry.


oertel at symposiumAnnette Richards, Catherine Oertel           

Annette Richards, Cornell University and Catherine Oertel, Oberlin College

Music and Materials—Art and Science of Organ Pipe Metal

Written by Arthur L. Robinson

When one reflects on how musical sounds are made, basically blowing air through a pipe or plucking a string, it is hardly surprising that the materials of which the pipes, the strings, and their enclosures are made play a huge role in the nature and quality of the sound produced. In their Tuesday Symposium X presentation, Annette Richards (Cornell University) and Catherine Oertel (Oberlin College) elegantly and cogently explored this connection in the context of how researchers hope materials science can undo the ravages of time and the elements that have been degrading, and may even ultimately render mute, the magnificent historical organs that are cultural treasures of northern Europe.   >>> more


Congratulations to Michael Isaac Jacobs for winning the National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship award for Chemical Structure, Dynamics, and Mechanism. He is attending the University of California, Berkeley

Congratulations to Holden Wan Hong Lai for winning the National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship award for Chemistry of Life Processes.  He is now attending Stanford University.

Congratulations to Ren Wiscons for winning the National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship Honorable Mention for Macromolecular, Supramolecular and Nanochemistry.


Rowsell Memorial Fund Established

The Chemistry and Biochemistry Department is pleased to announce that an endowed fund honoring the memory of Assistant Professor Jesse Rowsell has been created. The Jesse Rowsell Chemistry and Biochemistry Student Research Fund will provide financial resources to students doing scientific research projects with preference given to high achieving research students. Gifts intended for the Fund can be directed toward the Oberlin College Office of Development.


CONGRATULATIONS!  Santino Stropoli  For Winning Best Poster Award, 2016 American Meterological Society Conference, New Orleans.

Science Soiree


YOU NEED to stop by the chemistry display case! Learn about ICE CREAM, HOT COCOA and PHAROAH'S SERPENT.  Read the student of the week interview and test your intellect.  


Socializing With Scientists!!


Are you interested in graduate school?  The ACS Directory of Graduate Research (DGRweb) can help.  


Congrats to Ren Wiscons '15 for winning the @MiTeGen - @SPSNational Undergraduate Poster Prize and Andrea Goltz for winning the Crystal Engineering Communications Poster Prize at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the American Crystallographic Association.

Ren Wiscon and Andrea Goltz

2015 Majors Handbook


Congrats to our Award Winners!

Our Graduate Slideshow and Award Dinner Pics


Congrats to Weelic Chong for receiving the Nu Rho Psi grant for the cadmium/Parkinson's Disease research.


Professor Jesse Rowsell Memorial Presentation.

Fall 2014

Professor Lisa Ryno

“Some students think that they aren’t scientists until they leave these walls, but that’s not true. They are young scientists now,” says Lisa Ryno, assistant professor of chemistry. Ryno, who began her Oberlin career this summer, plans to open her lab to students for the first time this winter term to equip them with the tools they will need to further her research in addition to conducting experiments of their own design.   MORE>>


A Leader in Supercomputing.

The new computational cluster will be far more powerful than the existing 64-node “Beowulf” cluster acquired in 2005 with NSF support...MORE>>

Summer 2014

Orange is the New Learning Tool


CONGRATULATIONS! Ren Wiscons  for receiving The DUPAN Diffraction Workshop Best Poster Award. Also attending the workshop was Holden Lai, Claudia Nunes, and Calvin Gang,

Earlier this year Ren attended the MOSSCS Conference This conference features primarily graduate student presentations and undergraduate posters; She placed second in the presentation division.
l-r Ren Wiscons, Professor Rowsell, Calvin Gang and Holden Lai

CONGRATULATIONS to Holden Lai and Sarel Loeus for winning the  2014 Goldwater Scholarship Award.  ARTICLE

Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Rebecca Whelan recently coauthored an article titled "MUC16 (CA125): tumor biomarker to cancer therapy, a work in progress." The article appears in the journal Molecular Cancer, and provides an in-depth review of the current understanding of the structure, biochemistry, and physiological function of most widely used biomarker for ovarian cancer. Kevin Hu (OC '11) is a co-author.

Spring 2014

Congratulations to all our Students!

Awards List

Awards Dinner YouTube Videos

First Year Awards 

2nd and 3rd Yr Awards

Senior Awards

ACS Awards

Staff Gifts; Cindi

ACS Certificates

Faculty Gifts

Staff Gifts; Hill, Warren

Awards Dinner 2014

Awards Dinner Photo Gallery

Graduates and Faculty


Archived News


Congratulations to Holden Lai and Sarel Loewus for winning the 2014 Goldwater Scholarship Award. ARTICLE


Professor Whelan along with Jamie Shallcross and Rae Eaton present at Pittcon. Pittcon News Article


Spring 2013

Congrats to Yuhui Chen for receiving the Earnest B. Yeager Award for research in spectroscopy.

Congrats to Daniel Starer-Stor for receiving the Goldwater Honorable Mention.

Congrats to all our students who received awards and scholarships!  2013 Chemistry and Biochemistry Awards list.

We had a great time at the Annual Awards Dinner.  Here are pictures of the celebration and pictures of the graduates.

Pictures from the Banquet;  Slideshow presentation at the Banquet;  GRADS headshots;   GRADS presentation

Fall 2012

Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Rebecca Whelan participated in the Dreyfus Foundation Teacher-Scholar Symposium, “Research Frontiers in the Chemical Sciences,” held October 26 at the New York Academy of Sciences. She shared one aspect of her current research in a poster presentation titled “Selection of DNA aptamers for an ovarian cancer cell line using high-throughput sequencing.” She was also one of five symposium participants invited to give a teaching talk. She presented on efforts to make science students more confident and effective writers with a talk titled “Helping your students get it ‘write’: envisioning science writing pedagogy beyond the laboratory report.” The Dreyfus Foundation supports advancement in the chemical sciences through nationally competitive grants and awards. Whelan was one of six winners of the foundation’s 2011 Teacher-Scholar Award.


2012 Congrats

CONGRATULATIONS to Ben Altheimer and Alison O'Connor for receiving the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship!!!

CONGRATULATIONS to Adam Birdsall and Melanie Malinas for being among the winners of the 2012 Goldwater Scholarship Competition!!

CONGRATULATIONS to Liv Dedon, Adam Birdsall and Joe Hamilton for their Meeting in Miniature awards!

Congratulations to Catherine Oertel for receiving the NSF early career grant.


2011 Congrats

Congratulations to Professor Whelan. She was selected for a Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award. The Dreyfus Foundation makes about half-dozen of the Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar awards each year to promising scholars in the chemical sciences at predominately undergraduate institutions at an early stage in their academic careers. The competition each year is strong, and, based on a written proposal and institutional nomination, the recipients are recognized for their accomplishments in scholarly research with undergraduates and their commitment to teaching.

Professor Whelan Receives Cancer Research Grant  CONGRATULATIONS!

Congratulations to Ben Jakubowski '11, who has been awarded the Friends of the Library Research Award for 2010/11, for the research paper he produced in Chemistry 361 (Bioanalytical) last semester, entitled "Controversies in “-omics” diagnostics development."


The award committee said of the submitted paper:

"The Research Award Committee found your paper exemplary in all categories considered:  range of resources used, thoroughness and creativity in the use of resources, and attention to accuracy and detail. Not only did your paper demonstrate research excellence, we found it engaging and a real pleasure to read."

 


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2010

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2009

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2009

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