A Lineage of Chemistry Excellence
Students of professors Dennis Cao and Leah Witus are the academic descendants of a Nobel Laureate in chemistry.
To Improve Modern Medicine
Malik Mays came to Macalester with the goal of jumping into research—and succeeded.
Geometries of Molecules
Marla DeVault is researching atmospheric chemistry, supported by a Beckman Scholarship.
Replacing Heavy Metals
In Professor Cao’s chemistry lab, student researchers are actively seeking organic replacements for hazardous heavy metals.
Publishing with Professors
From topics as varied as childhood obesity in Mexico to the discovery of new galaxies, Macalester students research with faculty and publish the results.
Evelyn Pugh ’19 was one of ten high schoolers who put together The Best American Nonrequired Reading of 2015.
Biochem Fights Alzheimer's
Nicole Mandel worked on purifying a protein that helps regulate copper in the body.
Research Opportunities with Alumni in Science
Science alumni bring qualified Mac students into their labs for outstanding summer research opportunities.
Working under Macalester alumna Lisa Peterson, Tia Eskridge investigated the chemicals involved in smoking.
Learning with Lasers
Bradley Pearlman ’16, with colleague Ian Wyse ’16 and Professor Tom Varberg, used laser spectroscopy to study the molecule gold sulfide.
Research & Development at 3M
Four Mac students are working in paid internships at 3M, gaining valuable experience with an industry leader.
The new atomic force microscope in Olin-Rice Science Center provides researchers with amazing images at near-atomic scale.
Studying Science Abroad
Three science students study abroad, from Singapore to Scotland.
A Database of Brains
Bioinformatics at Harvard–MIT’s Health Sciences and Technology Program allowed Issa Ali to combine his research interests in computer science, biology and chemistry.
Mac Chemistry #1
The Chemistry Department is #1 per capita in National Science Foundation grants for undergraduate research among its 40 peer colleges.
Chemistry major Brian Carr enjoyed both the individual attention at Macalester and the experience of a research university lab.
O-Chem Research, Two Views
Sometimes the most demanding subjects are the ones you can’t let go of.
Mac Chemistry #1
The Chemistry Department is #1 per capita in NSF grants for undergraduate research among its 40 peer colleges.
Alumni Win Science Grants
Six recent Macalester grads win NSF Graduate Research Fellowships to support explorations into subjects ranging from stars to monkeys.
Macalester’s proximity to the Mayo Clinic and top biomedical companies provides some great opportunities, including the Mayo Innovation Scholars Program.
Captivated by Chemistry
Much to his surprise, Andrew Olinger ’15 found his intellectual passion in chemistry.
Mentored by her professor, an inexperienced student was soon synthesizing colorful molecules.
With no answers in the back of a textbook—or even from their professors—more than 80 Macalester students learned science research is messy.
NSF Chem Fellow Off to Harvard
Andrew Bendelsmith ’13 graduates with a National Science Foundation research fellowship and a Goldwater Scholarship to support his PhD studies in organic chemistry at Harvard.
Called to Chemistry
Chemistry professor Becky Hoye teaches, conducts research in natural product synthesis, and mentors students in her laboratory.
Andrew Matsumoto ’13 used lasers to study molecules and found chemistry research a fascinating endeavor.
“My undergraduate research experience in the Brisbois lab will prove helpful in achieving my career goal.”
When you’re a chemistry major at Macalester, the connections extend well beyond the day you receive your diploma. Three alumni of Professor Becky Hoye’s lab are now her colleagues, extending her commitment to research, teaching, and mentoring to the University of California–Berkeley and Princeton.
In a London study abroad program, Graham Brown ’12 got an eye-opening look at how medicine works in the United Kingdom.
Macalester Student Wins Goldwater Scholarship
Andrew Bendelsmith ’13, a junior from West St. Paul, Minn., has received a Goldwater Scholarship which is awarded to students with outstanding potential who intend to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering.
Surprised by O-Chem
Nick O'Conner talks about his experience worked with Professor Becky Hoye and his subsequent experience in a government-funded research program at the Chulabhorn Research Institute in Bangkok, Thailand.
Leonards establish endowed professorship in math and science
Mark G. Leonard ’65 and Candace Hewitt Leonard ’67 of Los Altos, Calif., have established a $2 million endowed professorship at Macalester College. It will be named the Mark G. Leonard and Candace Hewitt Leonard Endowed Professorship in Mathematics and the Natural Sciences.
Blood, Sweat and Tears
Laura Avena ’14 is a cancer survivor from age 4, an accomplished volleyball athlete, and an internationally competitive chemistry student. It’s a path forged through blood, sweat and tears.
"Between us we held eight mosquito nets and a safety box. In front of Kader sat an old cardboard box full of syringes, vitamin A supplements, and children’s vaccination records," writes Elissa Butler about her study abroad experience and research on polio.
Discovering New Molecules
Chemistry professor Paul Fischer draws nearly half a million dollars in research and equipment grants to Mac this year.
Christina Fitzsimmons '11 in the lab more
Million Dollar Men
Professors Dan Hornbach and Tom Varberg have received grants exceeding $2.5 million, all benefitting students.
Charles Vang '10 Future Doctor
Charles Vang '10 wants to become a family doctor in his hometown neighborhood in Minneapolis.
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