Amanda Hammers, Rachel Hurley Claim First Place in Poster Session

SIOUX FALLS – Amanda Hammers (Redwood Falls, MN) and Rachel Hurley (Canton, SD) won first place in the Sioux Valley Section of the American Chemical Society’s (ACS) poster session held in Gilbert Science Center’s Pendulum Lounge.

Four regional chemists representing industry, the University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University, and Augustana judged the 16 entries submitted by member colleges and universities.

Hammers, a senior majoring in chemistry and psychology, and Hurley, a sophomore majoring in chemistry and biology, received $600 toward expenses to attend the national ACS meeting next spring in Salt Lake City, UT, where they will present their poster.

The winning poster is titled, “Exploring the Synthesis and Characterization of Amine Modified Basic Support for Nitroadol Reactions.” Dr. Jetty Duffy-Matzner is the winning team’s mentor.

The runner-ups were Bethany Zogg (Albert Lea, MN) and Connor Lamberson (Marshall, MN). Zogg is a senior and Lamberson a sophomore. Both are chemistry majors. The title of their poster is “Modeling the Polarity-Rate Relationship of the Methylation of Tributylamine with Dimethyl Carbonate.” Their mentors are Dr. Duane Weisshaar and Dr. Gary Earl.

Nicholas Bleeker (Redwood Falls, MN), a junior majoring in chemistry (ACS), won third place with “Dimeric Small Molecules as Potential Antiomicrobial Agents.” He conducted his research at the University of Kansas.

Fifth place went to Natalie Ronning (Rapid City, SD) and Adam Dittmer (Coon Rapids, MN) for their “Method Development for the Analysis of Anion Exchange Products in Quaternary Ammonium Compounds. Ronning is a sophomore majoring in biology and chemistry. Dittmer is a junior majoring in chemistry. Their mentors are Dr. Weisshaar and Dr. Earl.

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