William Smith student takes love of chemistry to Southern California
(April 7, 2005) GENEVA, N.Y.—Ariana Nussdorf will be heading to the west coast this summer. The William Smith chemistry major has been accepted into the highly-competitive “Snapshots in Chemistry” undergraduate research program at the University of Southern California (USC).
At USC, Nussdorf will be working with Professor Anna Krylov, using cutting-edge methods developed in the Krylov lab, to study the cyclization energetics of enediyne anticancer agents, a project Nussdorf became interested in while doing research in the Parish group at HWS.
“Ariana is a very bright student, who is eager to participate in scientific discussions. She learns very quickly and independently. The opportunity to work with Anna Krylov will enable Ariana to experience, first-hand, what a graduate program in theoretical chemistry is like,” says Professor Carol Parish.
The prestigious USC chemistry program runs for eight weeks and includes one-on-one lab research with both a faculty adviser and a graduate student mentor. This summer, the program emphasizes experimental and cutting-edge techniques such as X-ray crystallography and molecular-scale imaging. Students attend weekly meetings to discuss methods in chemistry, graduate level research and scientific ethics. The culmination of the program is a “poster session” where student researchers present their project findings to the USC chemistry faculty and graduate students.
When they aren't in the lab, students will visit many of the famous scientific assets of the Los Angeles area including the Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute, the Molecular Robotics Lab and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Nussdorf, a member of the William Smith class of 2006, is from Douglaston, N.Y. She is the daughter of Harry Nussdorf and Babette Albin. Nussdorf has previously studied abroad in Denmark during her career at HWS.
A high resolution photo of Nussdorf is available at http://campus.hws.edu/new/releases/hiRes/nussdorf_ariana_hres.jpg.