This summer, Adam Brooks ’12 will conduct research in the lab of Associate Professor of Chemistry and Chair of the Department, Christine de Denus, trying to develop a molecular wire. Brooks laughs, there are “a lot of reactions and explosions” involved in this organometallic chemistry research.
A biochemistry major and classics minor, Brooks learned about this opportunity through his chemistry professors. As a recipient of a Blackwell Scholarship, a prestigious scholarship awarded to first-year students passionate about pursuing a career in medicine, Brooks has a guaranteed spot at SUNY Upstate Medical University College of Medicine at Syracuse after graduation, making him an ideal candidate for summer research.
“I really enjoy synthetic chemistry, making molecules,” says Brooks, who landed a simultaneous internship at Soldiers and Sailors Hospital for the summer. He believes that his strong bond and close work with his chemistry professors has not only prepared him for researching this summer, but also opened his eyes to infinite career possibilities for students interested in the sciences.
Brooks is involved with campus life as a resident assistant, community coordinator, member of the retention group for the HWS 2015 Planning Committee, and the treasurer of Hillel.