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). 




May 19, 2023: In the afternoon we held our departmental awards ceremony, in advance of the evening's college commencement. Undergraduate students Saul Diaz, Vanessa Estrada, Spencer Hobi, Alisha Holden, Cameel Juman, Rachel Lindvall, Christopher Pakhanyan, Samantha Scott and Christi Thomas have been given departmental awards for excellence in their academic and research endeavors. Additionally, Matthew Alvarez, Marine Barsegyan, Michael Peterson, Hovnan Simonyan, Christi Thomas and Joshua Vazquez won College of Science and Math awards. Graduate student Duyen Pham was given the Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Assistant Award, and graduate student Janelli Pineda was awarded 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 19, 2023: Congratulations to all of our students who received their BA Chemistry, BS Chemistry, BS Biochemistry, MS Chemistry or MS Biochemistry degrees at the commencement ceremony this evening!  Your hard work and perseverance has paid off! 

May 12, 2023: This semester, seven of our graduate students successfully defended their theses and are graduating from our program.  Congratulations to Ryan Boggess (Tamae lab), Isabella Crisostomo (Abrol lab) and Duyen Pham (Ye lab), who have earned their MS Biochemistry degrees! In addition, we offer congratulations to Steven Ayoub (who did research in the Luchko Physics lab), Matthew Green (Teprovich lab), Andrea Hernandez (Minehan lab) and Jesus Hernandez (Teprovich lab), who have earned their MS Chemistry degrees! We wish you all much success in your future endeavors!

May 5, 2023: In the spring semester, Erika Shirvanian, an undergraduate research student in Dr Melikyan's lab, was one of only 29 students in the entire CSU to be awarded a $2,500 Edison STEM-NET Student Research Fellowship Award from the CSU Chancellor Office. She presented the results of her work today, along with the other awardees, at the 2023 Edison STEM NET Research Fellowship Symposium.  Her oral presentation was titled "A Novel Molecular Scaffold for Ionic Functionalization Reactions: Diacetylenic Heptads." Congratulations to Erika!

April 21, 2023: Many of our research students presented posters or gave short talks at CSUNposium this year, and several won awards for their work.  Janelli Pineda (Fischhaber lab) earned first place honors in her session of the 3-minute oral presentations given by graduate students.  Jesus Hernandez (Teprovich lab) was awarded second place in his session of the 10-minute oral presentations by graduate students.  And finally, Donnie Ca (Minehan lab) won second place in his poster group for undergraduates with completed projects.  Congratulations to everyone for their efforts!

April 19, 2023: Our department was quite successful in CSUN's Research, Scholarly and Creative Activity (RSCA) award competition this year! Awardees include Drs. Andersen, Vey and Ye, who received 6 units of release time from teaching, Dr Kelson, who received 3 units release time and a $6,000 mini-grant for his research, and Dr. Minehan, who received a $12,000 mini-grant. Congratulations to all of you!


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