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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As Converse heads into the fifth week of the fall term, students, faculty and staff have had a successful and healthy return to campus. The Converse community has been wearing masks, adhering to physical distancing and being conscientious throughout campus. Commuter students and students who opted for remote learning are getting the support they need…
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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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Converse Chemistry students at Annie's House in Greenville

Dr. Hawk’s ‘Scientist’s Food for Thought’ class participated in a service-learning day with Sustaining Way at ‘Annie’s House’ in Greenville. Annie’s House is an interfaith initiative at Sustaining Way, which demonstrates the feasibility and benefits of living more simply. It is located in the historic neighborhood of Nicholtown and promotes sustainable living practices, including backyard…
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Courtney Dziewior ’21 (Nisbet Honors) and Dr. Sheri Strickland are coauthors of a research article entitled “Synthesis of Stimuli-Responsive Programmable Polymers Through Ring Opening–Metathesis Cross–Metathesis (ROM-CM)” that has just been accepted for publication in the Journal of the South Carolina Academy of Science. This research was completed in collaboration with Dr. Ken Shimizu’s group at…
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Courtney Dziewior ’21 (Nisbet Honors) was awarded first place in chemistry poster presentations at the annual South Carolina Academy of Science meeting at Francis Marion University. Courtney researched her poster, “Synthesis of Stimuli-Responsive Programmable Polymers: Will Ethyl Acrylate, Maleic Acid, or Heat Work?” with her mentor Dr. Sheri Strickland. Courtney also presented a poster at…
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Students process for Founder's Day

Our 2019 graduating class boats an impressive lineup of potential employers from local businesses including Cleveland Leadership Academy and Glow Lyric Theatre, all the way to Nashville, TN at Ford Motor Credit and TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. See where some of our 2019 grads have received job offers from: Alexis Turner – Ford Motor Credit…
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Presentation boards at research conference

Biology major Brittany Leonard ’20 (Nisbet Honors) presented a poster on “The Effect of Juglone and Ailanthone on Kudzu Growth” at the South Carolina Academy of Science meeting and did an oral presentation at the 15th Annual SC Upstate Research Symposium at the University of South Carolina Upstate. Her research mentor was Dr. Edna Steele….
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Converse is thrilled to induct ten students into Converse’s academic honor society, Gamma Sigma. Gamma Sigma honors the very top members of the graduating class of 2019 who have not only majored in a traditional liberal arts discipline but also have earned at least 81 hours of credits in liberal arts courses. Congratulations to: Lily…
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Photo of Gillian Horn in science lab

Understanding Gillian Horn’s work can be a challenge. Understanding Gillian’s success is much easier. Since she was a toddler, she knew she wanted to be a scientist, and Converse College provided just the right chemistry for her to become an award-winning researcher. “Since the third grade, I’ve said I want to be a biochemist,” says…
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