Chemistry Studio Art Ceramics collaboration

by Ella B. Webster ’20 One day last year, the Chair of Biology, Chemistry & Physics Department, Dr. Will Case, mentioned to Assistant Professor of Art Professor Mary Carlisle that they should consider team-teaching an interdisciplinary course on the chemistry behind making ceramics. “The rest,” he says, “was magic.” From their effort, the 2020 January…
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Converse grant science program NIH

Converse College has been awarded grants of over $750,000 to support its faculty-led biomedical research and expand research opportunities for students. Funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) through the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), the grants are a portion of the $18.9 million that has been awarded to South Carolina institutions…
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Commitment to hard work and determination are qualities alumna Mallory Begley ‘09 (Nisbet Scholar) is no stranger to. Begley saw these characteristics personified in her father, a New York Firefighter, a first responder on 9/11 and someone she has always looked up to. “I’ve always admired my dad,” Begley says. “He’s a great dad and…
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biochemistry program degree converse

Dr. Maddy Behravan and students, Steffi Kong ’20 (Nisbet Honors) and Alejandra Martinez ’20 (Nisbet Honors) co-authored a poster titled “Investigation of Normal Cell and Cancer Cell Attachment and the Effects of Ganoderma Lucidum Using Electric Impedance Sensing Technique”. The poster was presented at the South Carolina INBRE Science Symposium in Columbia in January. Learn…
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Steffi kong Converse Tennis

Psychology and Biochemistry major, and tennis player Steffi Kong ’20 (Nisbet Honors) has been named the Conference Carolinas Women’s Tennis Player of the Week. The conference office made the official announcement on Wednesday, March 11, 2020. A senior from Singapore, Kong won both of her singles matches at No. 1 singles last week in straight…
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Biochemistry degree SCICU Fangman Presentation

Isabel Fangman ’21 (Nisbet Honors) presented the results of her 2019 summer and fall research project at the South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (SCICU) research symposium on February 20, 2020. Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Dr. Jennifer Hawk served as her research mentor for this SCICU funded project. During the summer and fall of 2019,…
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Map of Rwanda

Biochemistry grad Melissa Brock Erkens ’18 (Nisbet Honors) spent the summer working with Emory University’s Rwanda Zambia HIV Research Group in Kigali, Rwanda. She conducted qualitative and quantitative research into the barriers that are faced by female sex workers as they enroll in health insurance. Melissa drafted discussion guides, analyzed the responses from focus groups,…
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Cover of 'Journal of Chemistry'

Biochemistry grad Jessica Morgan Umana ’18 co-authored a research article with Sheri Strickland and other collaborators in Dr. Ken Shimizu’s group at the University of South Carolina. The article entitled “Electrostatically driven CO-π aromatic interactions” has been accepted for publication in the Journal of the American Chemical Society. The Journal of the American Chemical Society is…
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Converse Tower

Three Converse students earned grants from South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (SCICU) allowing them to conduct original research in the fields of music performance, biochemistry, and mathematics. They also had the opportunity to present their findings at the annual SCICU Research Symposium. Congratulations to the 2018-19 SCICU researchers: Zoe Kushubar ’20 (Nisbet Honors) and Professor…
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SCICU Logo

Congratulations to Drs. Hawk, Reichwald and Brown and Nisbet Honors students Isabel Fangman ’21, Zoe Kushubar ’20, and Hayley Cromer ’20. They received funding for their undergraduate research proposals from the South Carolina Independent Colleges & Universities (SCICU) 2019 Student /Faculty Research program. Learn More! Nisbet Honors Program Research at Converse