Chemistry and Biochemistry

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Chemistry and Biochemistry

CSUN Cares: The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, along with the university, is concerned about the well-being of our students. Please feel free to express those concerns when you obtain advisement this semester. In addition we have compiled a list of key resources here (or you can download our PDF). 




June 24, 2022: Congratulations to Dr Eller, who has been awarded a LEAPS-MPS (Launching Early-Career Academic Pathways in the Mathematical and Physical Sciences) award from the NSF! The award, for the project titled "Nano-Projectile Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry for accurate molecular analysis at the nanoscale", is worth almost $250,000 over two years. Dr Eller will develop new analytical methods for nanoscale molecular analysis based on secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS), and will also involve and support numerous research students. It is very important to the continued and growing academic excellence of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at CSUN and helps to provide the very best in educational opportunities for our students. Well done, Michael!

June 13, 2022: Dr Yi has published a new manuscript of her research, along with co-authors Alex Gilewski (a former MS program student) and Mikhail Litvak (an undergraduate). The article was accepted by the journal Chemistry Education Research and Practice, which is published by the Royal Society of Chemistry. The study presents a novel model of pairing a metacognitive exercise with measures of linked concepts that are aligned with learning objectives in college introductory chemistry courses. The model shows promising signs of improving student performance and metacognitive thinking and behaviors. The article is currently available online and a graphical abstract is shown above.

June, 2022: Congratulations to Dr Boulesbaa, who has been renewed for a second year on his $25,000 grant from Pasadena City College, titled "Utilization of Undergraduate Research to Promote Equity and Completion in Micro Nano Technology Professional Workforce Education". Good work, Aziz!

June 1, 2022: Congratulations to graduate student Janelli Pineda (Fischhaber lab), who was awarded a $1500 travel grant from CSUPERB! This grant will support a trip she will take next summer to a collaborator's lab at Columbia University Health Sciences Center in New York City. Well done, Janelli!

May 20, 2022: This afternoon we held our departmental awards ceremony, in advance of commencement in the evening, for the first time in three years! Undergraduate students Cynthia Avedian, Erick Gonzalez, Jonathan Hakimian, Oscar Arevalo Soto, Edward Bryan Huseman, Joie Yuson, Walter Torres, Vanessa Estrada and Christi Thomas have been given departmental awards for excellence in their academic and research endeavors. Graduate student Jander Cruz was given the Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Assistant Award, and graduate students Isabella Crisostomo and Leticia Reque were co-honorees for the Sandra L. Jewett Scholarship in Biochemistry. More details about the awards and awardees can be found on our department's Student Awards webpage. Congratulations to all the awardees - the department is very proud of your accomplishments!

May 13, 2022: This semester we had one student successfully complete her MS Biochemistry degree. Congratulations to Hafridha Hadi, from the Fischhaber lab!  Hafridha has already landed a great job in the biotech industry - good luck your next chapter, Hafridha!

April 25, 2022:  Three of our faculty have been awarded RSCA grants from CSUN for their research! Dr Jeffery Charonnat was awarded a $5,000 min-grant, and Drs. Miao and Ye were each awarded 3 units of release time for the upcoming academic year.  Congratulations to everyone!


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