Departmental Fellows

Senior Fellows
2014 Senior Fellows

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is proud to participate in the tradition at Denison of selecting Departmental Fellows to recognize outstanding achievement in a student’s chosen area of study.

This honor is earned by excellent academic performance, service to the department and the positive attitude and contributions these students bring to the classroom, research lab, and the general climate of the department. We view Fellows as students who are pursuing Chemistry and Biochemistry for the disciplines’ own virtues and who are excellent role models for other students.

  • 11Senior Fellows

2014 Senior Fellows

Current Fellows:

Casey Cempre ’15

I am a biochemistry major and mathematics minor from Worthington, Ohio. For as long as I can remember, I have been interested in science and learning how things work. Denison has fueled this interest, especially through research. I currently work in the Mitton-Fry lab exploring the structural changes of RNA thermosensors found in bacteria. After graduating from Denison, I plan to go on to medical school to become an ophthalmologist. When I’m not in Ebaugh, you might find me practicing out on the tennis courts where I am a part of the Big Red men’s tennis team. I am also the president of the Denison Chemical Society, volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters, and am a member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity.

Maly Cosco ’15

I am a chemistry major from Cincinnati, Ohio. I love how chemistry engages me and allows me to see the world through an analytical lens. But more than just learning about molecular behavior, I am inspired by how much can be accomplished in the world as a result of advances in chemistry. Particularly, I am interested in applying organic chemistry to human health. I am currently researching in the Fantini lab studying calixarenes and their binding behaviors with cationic molecules for the development of supramolecular polymers. Synthesizing large complex molecules in the lab is invigorating. The challenges and rewards of research have encouraged me to pursue graduate school in chemistry. When not spending time in Ebaugh, I am practicing with my bluegrass band on the mandolin and working with local nonprofits through Denison Venture Philanthropy. In my spare time I enjoy speaking French, running and swimming.

Meghan Diefenbacher ’15

I am a senior biochemistry major from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and I am honored to be selected as a senior fellow. Science has always been my passion. As a child I begged my parents to subscribe to several science magazines and when they arrived I would read them cover-to-cover. I drove my parents crazy with my constant need to experiment and the ensuing messes that resulted. At Denison I have been deeply involved in the sciences, extending my love for science to my extracurricular and summer activities. I have been able share my passion for science with others by serving as a lab assistant and tutor for the chemistry department, as well as by being a member of and serving as both PR rep and President of the Denison University Biological Society. The summer after my freshman year I was thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Dr. Weingart of the biology department, studying the bacterium Burkholderia cenocepacia, which is an opportunistic pathogen in Cystic Fibrosis patients. Taking advantage of Denison’s study abroad program, I traveled to Denmark and Scotland to study human health and disease and drug development. All of these experiences and activities have solidified my desire to attend graduate school and become a biomedical researcher.

Kelsey Eklund ’15

I am a biochemistry major from Wichita, Kansas. From a young age, I have always been interested in understanding how and why the world works the way it does from a scientific perspective. Throughout the progression of my educational career, I have found that I am most fascinated by the countless chemical reactions and molecular interactions that drive biological processes and ultimately, sustain life. Accordingly, I have valued my time at Denison as I been able to explore my intellectual interests while building close relationships with my classmates and professors. After my time at Denison, I hope to apply my love of biochemistry by attending medical school and pursuing a career as a primary care physician. Outside the walls of Ebaugh, I am a recreational runner (who hopes to complete a marathon within the next year!), a volunteer at Central Hospice of Ohio, a dog-lover, and coffee-addict.

Dory Enright ’16

I am a junior biochemistry major from Lincoln, Rhode Island While in high school I would never have imagined that I could ever truly enjoy chemistry, but since my first semester here at Denison I have fallen in love with both the subject and this department. After undergrad, I plan on attending veterinary school and aim to eventually apply all that I have learned in both chemistry and biology to research on human-animal comparative oncology. In the rare moments when I am not studying in Ebaugh, I enjoy tutoring and TA-ing in the biology and chemistry departments, volunteering at the local animal shelter, playing volleyball, and indulging in the occasional Netflix binge.

Ariana Gray Be ’15

I am a chemistry major and vocal performance minor from Cleveland, Ohio. Prior to coming to Denison, my life consisted of endless music and dance rehearsals—it was not until coming across this special department at Denison that I realized my passion for understanding the world at the molecular level. I am especially grateful to have had the opportunity to do research in the Reczek group, where we integrate organic synthesis with materials chemistry to develop potential organic electronic materials. Next year I hope to use the skills I have learned as I attend a Ph.D. chemistry graduate program. When I am not around the chemistry and biochemistry department, I am likely to be dancing or singing somewhere on campus as a part of the dance department’s performances, Chamber Singers, and Denison Dance Team. I am also a WDUB Doobie Radio DJ, serve as vice president of Denison Chemical Society, and am a member of Kappa Alpha Theta. I am very excited to serve as a senior chemistry and biochemistry fellow this year!

Ann Lindberg ’16

I am a chemistry major from St. Paul, Minnesota. I have always been fascinated with how the world works at the molecular level. Currently, I plan on studying abroad this spring in New Zealand to further my chemical education by gaining a perspective that may not be present here at Denison. After graduation, I hope to continue my exploration of the molecular world of chemistry in graduate school. Outside of Ebaugh, I am the President of the Crew Club. I also enjoy watching lots of TV, playing board games with my friends, and spending time outdoors.