Chemical Physics student wins best presentation award

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Lewis University Chemical Physics student wins presentation award at annual undergraduate symposium

Published: April 20, 2014.

Row 1 (Front): Caitlin Higgins, Sarah Parker,
Amy Mlynarski Row 2: Andrea Portillo,
Lisa Janes Row 3: Katie Hallenbeck, Samantha
Rinehart, Samantha Brain Row 4 (Back):
Danielle Volk, Julianne Truffa

Lewis University Chemical Physics Student Julianne Truffa recently won the Frances Krausz Seabright Award for best presentation at the Iota Sigma Pi Chicago Chapter Annual Undergraduate Symposium hosted by the Chemistry and Physics Department at Lewis University.

Truffa won the award for her presentation on “Biomimetic Polyaniline Nanofilms for Conducting Film Applications.” The award is in honor of Frances Seabright, who was one of the first members initiated into Aurum Iodide, the Chicago Chapter of ISP, and was very active in women’s groups across Chicago.

At the symposium, female undergraduate chemistry students from several Chicago area universities present their research and exchange ideas. This year’s symposium included students from Aurora University, Benedictine University, Elmhurst College, Northeastern Illinois University and Saint Xavier University. As the featured keynote speaker, Dr. Laure Dussubieux from the Elemental Analysis Facility at the Field Museum presented “Where Chemistry Meets Anthropology.”

“It provides our students the opportunity to practice their communication skills, network with other women chemists and learn about a variety of topics,” Dr. Teresa Bixby, moderator of the Lewis University Chapter of ISP and assistant professor of chemistry, commented.

Other Lewis University students who also presented included: Samantha Brain, Kathleen Hallenbeck, Caitlin Higgins, Lisa Janes, Amy Mlynarski, Andrea Portillo, Samantha Rinehart, Kelsey Schmitt and Danielle Volk. Sarah Parker was a co-author of a poster with Lisa Janes, but was unable to attend the event.

Dr. Jason Keleher, chair and assistant professor of chemistry, mentored all of the research projected that were presented by Lewis University students.

Iota Sigma Pi currently has more than 10,000 members in 40 local chapters at various colleges, universities and metropolitan areas. The organization works to promote interest in chemistry among women students; to foster mutual advancement in academic, business and social life; and to stimulate personal accomplishments in chemical fields.

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