Jodi Connell, a senior chemistry and Spanish major, recently presented a paper, “A Fundamental Study of Indium Mediated Allylations,” at the Council for Undergraduate Research Poster Session on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.
Her co-author Walter Bowyer, chairman of the HWS chemistry department, presented with her.
For her work, Connell received the council’s “Achievement Award in Research,” and she had the opportunity to discuss her research with Senators Hillary Clinton of New York and Olympia Snowe of Maine, her home state.
The council organizes this annual conference in the Capitol to showcase the finest undergraduate research projects in the country, and increase the awareness among members of Congress of the importance of undergraduate research. This year, only 50 students were selected from more than 300 applicants. Earlier this year, Connell presented her research at an international conference for analytical chemists in Orlando, Fla.
Connell’s papers describe her Honors research on the kinetics of the reaction of allyl bromide at indium surfaces. This reaction is an environmentally friendly alternative to more well-known reactions because it uses water in place of more hazardous solvents. Connell’s studies are expected to increase industry acceptance of this reaction within the pharmaceutical industry.
Connell will receive a bachelor of science degree and a second major in Spanish at the May 14 commencement ceremony. She has performed many hours of community service working with Spanish-speaking AIDS patients in the Dominican Republic and in Geneva.
She will pursue a doctorate in chemistry this fall at the University of Texas in Austin.