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Fall 2016

Jonathan M. Spehar (W&J, Class of 2017), "Progress Towards the Synthesis of the Heterocycle Choi"

Fall 2015 / Spring 2016

Caitlin M. Tice (W&J, Class of 2016), "Alternative and FDA-approved cancer treatments: comparing hydrophobicity and induction of apoptosis in HeLa cells" (Joint project with Dr. DeBerry)

Fall 2014

Scott Wytovich (W&J, Class of 2016), "Progress Toward the Synthesis of the Choi Framework"

Spring 2014

Joshua D. Etzel (W&J, Class of 2014), "Total Synthesis of (+)-Laburnamine"

Sarah J. Nainar (W&J, Class of 2014), "Developing a Betulin Isolation Lab for the Introductory Organic Chemistry Laboratory"

Andrew T. Pingitore (W&J, Class of 2014), "Studying the Cleavage of Esters Using the Hammett Equation (Part II)"

Joshua Tropp (W&J, Class of 2015), "Progress Toward the Synthesis of the Choi Framework"

Fall 2013 

Joshua D. Etzel (W&J, Class of 2014), "Progress Toward the Synthesis of (+)-Laburnamine"

Andrew T. Pingitore (W&J, Class of 2014), "Studying the Cleavage of Esters Using the Hammett Equation (Part I)"

Spring 2013

Daniel A. Tannenholtz (W&J, Class of 2013), "Grignard Reaction Optimization"

Fall 2012

Allison E. Brooks (W&J, Class of 2014), "Alkaloids Isolated from Poison Dart Frogs (245F)"

Summer 2011

Eric T. Stultz (W&J, Class of 2012), "Progress toward the synthesis of poison dart frog alkaloid 237I"

Taylor A. Warmbrodt (W&J, Class of 2012), "Progress toward the synthesis of poison dart frog alkaloid 245F"

Spring 2011

Bridget E. Piko (W&J, Class of 2011), "Progress Toward the Total Synthesis of Chilenine"

Fall 2009

Amy L. Keegan (W&J, Class of 2010), "A Model Study Directed Towards the Synthesis of a Chilenine Analog"

Summer 2009

Amy L. Keegan (W&J, Class of 2010), “Science & Art Lab Design”

Zachary M. Keene (Washington High School, Class of 2010), “Synthesis of pH indicators”

Larry R. Nolan (W&J, Class of 2010), “Investigation of Oxidation Reactions with Yohimbanones”

Bridget E. Piko (W&J, Class of 2011), “Studies directed toward the total synthesis of chilenine”

Alena M. Switzer (W&J, Class of 2011), “Total synthesis of lunamarine and analogues”

Spring 2009

Lindsay K. Amos (W&J, Class of 2009), “An Intramolecular Approach to the Synthesis of Lunamarine”

Daniel J. Clingerman (W&J, Class of 2009), “Synthesis of a Key Intermediate in the Preparation of  Myltayl-4(12)-ene-2-caffeate”

Spring 2008

Ashley D. Carbaugh (W&J, Class of 2008), “Synthetic approaches to 4-(hydroxymethyl)benzoates and cyclophanes”

Alexander Katich (W&J, Class of 2008), Informal research, Indanedione Synthesis

Laura L. Tomasevich (W&J, Class of 2008), “The Total Synthesis of Lunamarine,” Honors project & winner of the Eaton prize for exceptional interdisciplinary research by a student

Fall 2007

Kayla R. Lloyd (W&J, Class of 2008), “Effects of Steric Hindrance on a Key Cyclization in the Synthesis of the Alkaloid Lunamarine”

Summer 2007

Lindsay K. Amos (W&J, Class of 2009), “An Intramolecular Conjugate Addition Approach to the Synthesis of Lunamarine”

Nathan J. Graf (W&J, Class of 2010), “An Intramolecular Conjugate Addition Approach to the Synthesis of Lunamarine Congeners”

DiRay Jolly (Washington High School, Class of 2008), “A Study of the Heck Reaction, a Key Step in the Synthesis of Lunamarine Congeners”

Laura L. Tomasevich (W&J, Class of 2008), “An Intermolecular Conjugate Addition Approach to the Synthesis of Lunamarine”

Spring 2007

Nicole M. Kennedy (W&J, Class of 2007), “Synthesis of Yohimbanones and Beta-carbolines through Heterocyclic Rearrangement,” Honors project & winner of the Eaton prize for exceptional interdisciplinary research by a student

Fall 2006

Sager J. Gosai (W&J, Class of 2007), “Synthesis of 4-(Hydroxymethyl)benzoates”

Micker K. Samios (W&J, Class of 2007), “Studies in Polarized Light Microscopy”

Summer 2006

Ashley D. Carbaugh (W&J, Class of 2008), “Synthetic Approaches to 4-(Hydroxymethyl)benzoates and Cyclophanes”

Richard Troy Hull (Washington High School, Class of 2006), “A Concise Synthesis of 1,3-Disubstituted Beta-Carbolines”

Laura L. Tomasevich (W&J, Class of 2008), “Synthesis of Novel Resorcinol Derivatives via Fragmentation of Meldrum’s Acid Adducts”

Spring 2006

Suet Kam Lam (W&J, Class of 2007), “Progress Toward the Synthesis of a Novel Amide-Substituted Beta-Carboline”

Justine B. Sever (W&J, Class of 2006), “Does 1,3-Disubstituted Beta-Carboline Relieve or Enhance Anxiety” (Joint project with Dr. Wilson)

Wesley Vosburg (W&J, Class of 2006), “Catalysis of the Diels-Alder Reactions of Coumalic Acid Derivatives”

Stephen M. Zitelli (W&J, Class of 2006), “A Novel Synthetic Route for Producing Beta-Carbolines – Expanding the Methodology”

Fall 2005

Chelsey R. Gillen (W&J, Class of 2006), “Further Investigation of Novel Routes to Common Heterocyclic Ring Systems”

Summer 2005

Chelsey R. Gillen (W&J, Class of 2006), “Investigation of Novel Routes to Common Heterocyclic Ring Systems”

Richard Troy Hull (Washington High School, Class of 2006), “Investigation of Novel Routes to Common Heterocyclic Ring Systems”

Nicole M. Kennedy (W&J, Class of 2007), “Investigation of Novel Routes to Common Heterocyclic Ring Systems”

Spring 2005

John C. Rohanna (W&J, Class of 2005), “Synthesis of Novel Beta--Carbolines and Progress Toward The Synthesis of the Isoquinoline Skeleton” (continuation of research project)

Mari Lynne Starr (W&J, Class of 2005), “Novel Heterocyclic Rearrangements: Derivatizing Beta-Carbolines and Expanding the Methodology” (continuation of research project)

Intersession 2005

(as part of CHM 347: Bioorganic Research Methods)

Matthew A. Christianson (W&J, Class of 2006), “Lewis Acid Catalysis Involving Diels-Alder Reaction of Coumalates”

Jason M. Conley (W&J, Class of 2006), “Formation of an Ethyl Derivative of a 1,3-Disubstituted Beta-Carboline”

Marcy L. Guerra (W&J, Class of 2005), “Synthesizing ethyl derivatives of 1,3-disubstituted Beta-carbolines”

Jennifer Kostarellas (W&J, Class of 2005), “Diels-Alder Reactions for the Formation of Substituted Benzene Derivatives”

Fall 2004

Christopher Castillo (W&J, Class of 2005), “Investigation and Synthesis of Chiral Shift Reagents”

Mari Lynne Starr (W&J, Class of 2005), “Novel Heterocyclic Rearrangements: Derivatizing Beta-Carbolines and Expanding the Methodology”

Summer 2004

Neal J. Baker (W&J, Class of 2006), “A Novel Route to Beta-Carbolines and Related Heterocycles”

Tamara Scherer (Washington HS, Class of 2005), “The Diels-Alder Reaction of Coumalic Acid Derivatives”

Wesley Vosburg (W&J, Class of 2006), “The Diels-Alder Reaction of Coumalic Acid Derivatives”

Stephen M. Zitelli (W&J, Class of 2006), “A Novel Route to Beta-Carbolines and Related Heterocycles”

Spring 2004

John C. Rohanna (W&J, Class of 2005), “Synthesis of Novel Beta-Carbolines by the Pictet-Spengler Reaction of Tryptophan and Ninhydrin: Oxidative Rearrangement of Yohimbanone to the Corresponding Beta-Carboline”

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