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 area of chosen 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.
Dory Enright ‘16
I am a senior chemistry and biology double-major from Lincoln, RI. Like most chemistry majors, I have had an interest in science for as long as I can remember; however, for most of my life my fascination was focused on science at the organismal level, like physiology and animal behavior. It wasn't until my freshman year at Denison that I realized that I also find molecular science to be both interesting on its own and in conjunction with the study of science at the macro level. Once that light went on, I fell in love with chemistry and there was no turning back! Currently, I am in the process of applying to veterinary school and hope to eventually pursue a career in human-animal comparative biomedical research. My research here at Denison is performed under Dr. Monroy of the Biology Department, and focuses on the role of the protein titin in muscular force production. On the days when I am not hard at work in Ebaugh or Talbot, I enjoy reading, playing volleyball, volunteering at the humane society, and taking long road trips.
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. I have valued my time here at Denison and am grateful for the opportunity to do research in the Fuson lab studying the effects of polymer tacticity on molecular motion using NMR spectroscopy. 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. I took advantage of Denison’s study abroad program and was able to study at the University of Otago and travel in New Zealand.
Yen Anh Nguyen ‘17
I am a junior biochemistry and art history major from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. I had always thought of myself as a bio person before coming to Denison but, taking Chemistry classes, learning from our professors, and working with the students in the department made me realized my passion was in chemistry. I find the effects of the interactions of molecules on the behaviors and survival of living organisms fascinating. I’m currently studying the function of bacterial RNA thermometers in the Mitton-Fry lab. I plan to continue doing biochemistry and maybe biomedical research in medical school after Denison.
When I’m not working on a lab report or reading art history theories, I enjoy TA-ing for the chemistry and biology courses. I am one of the research assistants for Dr. Sperling in the Art History department. I’m a head tutor, the vice president of PRIMED, and one of the junior officers of the Denison Chemical Society. I also love volunteering for the Hospice of Central Ohio, playing the piano, working for the Vail Series, and reading about amazing places to visit. Ireland and Morocco are on the top of my list!
Blake Schach ‘16
I am a senior biochemistry major from Chagrin Falls, Ohio. I have always enjoyed the sciences, but was drawn particularly to biochemistry due to its cross over between the chemical world and living world. This major has allowed me to connect my previous knowledge of biology and chemistry, which has led to my deeper understanding of the scientific world around me. The passion that I carry for science has led me to pursue a future in the healthcare field, with the hopes of attending medical school to become an orthopedic surgeon, mainly focusing on the sports medicine aspect of it. This future goal has impacted my current senior research project with Dr. Kuhlman that involves the quantification of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH’s) in firefighters’ systems after being exposed to open fires. PAH’s are considered carcinogenic chemicals and can ultimately lead to deleterious health effects in the future for those that ingest them. Outside of the chemistry and biochemistry world, I am one of the captains of the Men’s Varsity Soccer team at Denison and I am an avid fan of any and all Cleveland sports teams. This passion for sports also impacted my decision to pursue a career in medicine as it gives me the opportunity to intertwine my love of sports and science together. I also have grown very fond of community service in the international healthcare area as I was able to take two service trips to Ghana and Nicaragua through Global Brigades.