Texas Tech University Welch Summer Scholar Program Farewell Dinner Jon Thompson and Haley Bullecks WSSP Directors, Texas Tech University Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Lubbock, TX 79409-1061 email@example.com July 12, 2013 5:00 – 7:00 pm Merket Alumni Center
Thank you for joining us at the farewell dinner for the 2013 Welch Summer Scholars. The Welch Summer Scholar Program has been active for 29 years, and has offered over 1300 high school students in the state of Texas the opportunity to participate in chemical research. The goal of the program is to provide exceptional students the chance to interact with professional researchers while learning how to use state of the art equipment. We hope the students will use the skills acquired throughout the program to become more independent and confident researchers. The Welch Scholars and I would like to thank all the faculty mentors, postdoctoral, graduate and undergraduate research assistants and the Robert A. Welch Foundation for making this summer possible! Regards, Jon Thompson and Haley Bullecks WSSP Directors Texas Tech University Welch Scholars 2013
Collin Davda Chaarushena (Chaaru) Deb Research Mentor: Dr. Hase and Rui Sun Research Mentor: Dr. Thompson Project Title: Investigating Reaction Dynamics in the F- and CH3I Bimolecular NucleophilicSubstitution Reaction Project Title: Mapping of Global Soil Black Carbon Content Favorite Welch Moments: Soccer/food with Ray/Lianxie/Patrick/Austin. “Why in the world do I need to cite something for the Maxwell-Boltzmann Distribution?!” “Greg, Greg and more Greg” Lunch with Mr. Wu > Nap time, Korean Dramas with Miranda, Guerrilla Nap Tactics. Finally finishing the paper! Favorite Welch Moments: Happy cola, sweet tea, red velvet ice cream addictions. Walking 7 miles round-trip to see fireworks on the 4th of July. Food sciences lab trip. Kimberly’s impromptu birthday party. Ridiculous wifi names, late nights, and cat spotting. McAlister’s novel spellings of my name – “Shaloo”. Matching rings and E=mc2. There were innumerable perfect moments during this experience. Special Thanks: Dr. Thompson, Haley Bullecks, and Beth Daws for organizing everything making this possible. Tingting and Yiyi for making my lab-time more enjoyable. My fellow Welch scholars for being an incredible, often dysfunctional family for the past five weeks. I feel incredibly lucky to be a part of such a fantastic program with such a wonderful group of people. Special Thanks: To Ray for dealing with my inordinately stupid questions. To Dr. Hase for letting me dive right in and for sharing Ray with me. To Miranda for teaching me Excel. To Ms. Bullecks and Dr. Thompson for driving us to movies and Wal-Mart and everything else.
Gene Hsu Kimberly Lai Research Mentor: Dr. Birney and TrideepRajale Project Title: Thermal [3,5] – Sigmatropic Rearrangements of Coumarin Derivatives Favorite Welch Moments: Setting up internet hotspots. Red velvet cake ice cream! Lifetime movies. Selfies of all kinds. SO.MUCH.FOOD. Abusive unicorns. Musical puns. “True” names (David). The Welch playlist! “I’m like a 1970s computer…No, you’re just an abacus.” Dumb vs. ditzy. “Oh my God, I’m SO pretty!” “Dude, I’ve been trying to tell you that this whole time!” And so much more ” Research Mentor: Dr. Findlater and Laci Singer Project Title: Synthesis of Thiophene-based DiimineLigand Special Thanks: Welch Foundation and Summer Scholars Program for making this experience possible. Haley, Dr. Thompson, and Beth for driving us everywhere and taking good care of us. Dr. Birney and TrideepRajale for teaching me and keeping me safe in the lab. My fellow Welch Scholars for making me laugh in the most stressful of times. Oh and for making me cry on my birthday. My family, for being there when I needed them and for still being there when I didn’t. Oh wait…I’ve always needed them. Favorite Welch Moments: Laser tag and arcade time. Cards against humanity. White rice at Maharaja’s. Special Thanks: Special thanks to Laci Singer for putting up with organic chemistry even though she’s an inorganic chemist. Union Bistro has the world’s best omelette.
Sumarth Mehta Miranda McClellan Research Mentor: Dr. Findlater and Laci Singer Project Title: Design and Synthesis of Crowns for Remediation of Fracking Wastewater Research Mentor: Dr. Hase and Jing Xie Project Title: Direct Dynamics Simulation of the [CH3-I-OH]- Complex Ion Dissociation Favorite Welch Moments: Walking around campus, watching birds and cats, fireworks on July 4th, eating copious amounts of ice cream, monopolizing happy colas, funny wifi names, caffeine, early morning IHOP. Favorite Welch Moments: Daily coffee breaks with the grad students. Late night walks. Hanging out at Whataburger. Special Thanks: Dr. Thompson and Haley Bullecks for organizing this amazing experience, Beth Daws for being the coolest person, Laci Singer for guiding me in research, all my fellow Welch Scholars for making this a really fun experience. Special Thanks: I’d like to thank Dr. Hase for allowing a mere high school student into his lab and Jing for teaching me everything and not freaking out when I almost deleted all of our data.
Emily Miaou Jessica Musler Research Mentor: Dr. Birney and TrideepRajale Research Mentor: Dr. Li and Dr. Guanghui An Project Title: Study of Thermal [3,5] – Pseudopericyclic Reactions of CoumarinDerivitaves Project Title: GAP (Group-Assisted Purification) Synthesis of Biphalin Favorite Welch Moments: When Chaaru’s name was spelled Shaloo. Zumba class with Austin at the rec. Making fun of the chemistry errors in Breaking Bad. Cards Against Humanity. Favorite Welch Moments: Chaaru’s falling backwards in her chair and Miranda’s holding milk to her foot. Arcade games/unicorn. Drive-in movies. Special Thanks: Dr. Thompson and Haley for directing the program. Beth for being awesome. Cole Seifert and Suresh Pindi for editing my paper/poster. Dr. Li and Dr. An for mentoring me. I had an incredible experience at Welch learning about chemistry and college life. Thank you for this opportunity! Special Thanks: To all my fellow Welch Students – thank you for newfound friendship, support, and tons of fun. To Beth and Haley – thank you for being supportive and acting as responsible adults when we couldn’t be. To Trideep – thank you for teaching us everything we know in lab and for being understanding.
Gautam Pappu Katherine Xiu Research Mentor: Dr. Mechref and EhwangSong Project Title: Characterization of the GlycosylationSites of HIV-1 gp120 Research Mentor: Dr. Quitevis and George Tamas Favorite Welch Moments: Mean Girls. Spoonful. Getting all those tickets at Main Event. And my two strikes! Buying all the ice cream at Murray. Also, definitely walking to the rec. It’s a party every time! Project Title: Branched and Linear Ionic Liquids: Synthesis and Physical Measurements Special Thanks: I would like to thank Ehwang Song for all her knowledge and generosity (and for her keys) and professor Mechref for his lectures on mass spectrometry. I would also like to thank everyone in Professor Mechref’s lab for putting up with my knocking on the doors and letting me in every time. Good luck to Shiyue on his research exam! Lots of love, from Chastin/Hatherine (thank you McAlister’s). Favorite Welch Moments: Too many, lol Special Thanks: I would like to thank Dr. Quitevis for accepting me into his group as well as the rest of the team for taking the time to familiarize me with the lab.