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Dr. Arpita Saha wins 2021 Felton Jenkins Jr. Hall of Fame Faculty Award

picture of Dr. Arpita SahaDr. Arpita Saha, Associate Professor of Inorganic Chemistry, won the 2021 Felton Jenkins Jr. Hall of Fame Faculty Award for the University System of Georgia. Dr. Saha is a leader in the development of academic success opportunities for students at Georgia Southern University. She serves on the leadership team for IFREE (Incorporation of Freshmen in Research for Early Experience) program which introduces Freshmen to the word of undergraduate research and prepares them for pursing research through an FYE course. Dr. Saha’s noteworthy contributions to the Department and the University include development of Open Educational Resources (OER), implementing course-based undergraduate research experience (CURE), research and mentorship in the field of inorganic and material science and environmental chemistry.

Dr. Saha will be recognized at the annual Regents’ Scholarship Gala next September by the Chancellor, the regents, the presidents and her peers. We are truly proud of her accomplishments and our hearty congratulations to Dr. Saha on winning this prestigious award!

Last updated: 1/18/2021

Dr. Rafael Quirino awarded NSF-IRES grant

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Dr. Rafael Quirino (second from right) with members of IUT (Instituts universitaires de technologie)

Despite the COVID pandemic striking in the middle of his Sabbatical in France during the Spring of 2020, Dr. Quirino returned to GSU with some great news. He was awarded a NSF-IRES grant (along with Dr. Aiken as co-PI) to implement a research exchange program from 2021 to 2023 with the University of Lorraine where he did his Sabbatical. Additionally, he received the 2020 COSM research award in research at the virtual commencement ceremony ahead of the Fall 2020 semester.

Dr. Quirino’s stay in France was co-sponsored by the Thomas Jefferson Fund grant from the French Embassy in the US.

Last updated: 1/19/2021

SERMACS 2019 – Chemistry on the Coast

Georgia Southern Chemistry faculty and students presented their research at the 71st South Eastern Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society (SERMACS) held in Savannah, GA from October 20-23. The meeting was a huge success with several wonderful student posters and a National Chemistry Week outreach event by the river. We are proud of our faculty and students for their hard-work and dedication in chemistry research and education.


Last updated: 11/13/2019

Chemistry at STEMFEST-2019

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The Chemistry and Biochemistry Department made a presence at GSU’s yearly StemFest. Our undergraduate student chapter of the American Chemical Society (SAACS) had two booths with demonstrations of their traditional “Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream” and “Alkaseltzer Rocket”. Way to go, guys!

Last updated: 10/2/2019

Dr. Carpenter receives COSM Excellence in Teaching Award- 2019

Dr. Suzanne Carpenter, an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is the recipient of this year’s award for Teaching Excellence from the College of Science and Mathematics (COSM). Dr. Carpenter has over 30 years of experience in Chemistry instruction. She had taught numerous courses in the discipline of chemistry including Organic Chemistry, General chemistry, Biochemistry and Medicinal Chemistry. Hearty congratulations to Dr. Carpenter on her achievement and hard work.

Last updated: 10/1/2019

Dr. Wu wins the University Excellence in Research Award 2019-20

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Dr. Ji Wu (second from the right) with President Nivens and other award winners.

Dr. Ji Wu has recently won the 2018-19 Georgia Southern University Excellence in Research Award. Dr. Wu’s research involves synthesizing novel nano-materials that aim to solve world-class challenges in energy, environmental and medical sciences. Nanomaterials that have the potential to increase the efficiency of lithium ion batteries, act as biological and ionic sensors are recently synthesized in his lab.

Dr. Wu has mentored 32 undergraduate and 5 graduate students since 2013, resulting in 24 peer-reviewed journal articles and 24 presentations at various local and national conferences. Additionally, one United States Patent with Georgia Southern research student listed as the co-inventor has been allowed for issuance in 2019. Dr. Wu is also interested in the development of novel programmable drug delivery systems for efficient disease treatments utilizing light, pH and electricity as the stimulus to control the systems. 

Hearty Congratulations to Dr. Ji Wu for winning the award!

Last updated: 8/21/2019

Professor wins Jean Dreyfus Lectureship Grant

Dr Arpita Saha was recently awarded a prestigious Jean Dreyfus Lectureship Grant for Undergraduate Institution for 2019 by Camille and  Henry Dreyfus Foundation for an amount of $18,500. The intent of this award is to bring to campus a world leading researcher in the chemical sciences. On behalf of Georgia Southern University, College of Science & Mathematics, Dr Saha is inviting Dr Sharon Hammes-Schiffer, John Gamble Kirkwood Professor of Chemistry from Yale University in fall 2019. Congratulations to Dr Saha!

Last updated: 8/20/2019

Chemistry students shine Georgia Southern’s name abroad.

This summer, Drs. Rafael Quirino (Chemistry) and Matt Flynn (Sociology) were awarded the “100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund” from the MetLife Foundation to jump-start an exchange program between Georgia Southern University (GSU) and the University of Brasilia (UnB) in Brazil. As part of the initiative, 8 GSU students, including 3 Chemistry majors (2 graduate, 1 undergraduate) visited UnB while the Chemistry Department at GSU received 4 Brazilian students (2 graduate, 2 undergraduate) for two weeks. The exchange students at both Universities visited companies and research labs involved in sustainable technology. The students prepared research samples in Brazil and analyzed them at GSU. While in Brazil, the group of GSU students appeared on the local news <link to article> while visiting a computer Recycling plant. The recycling plant is managed by a NGO (Programando o Futuro) and finances its operation by selling recycled plastic to Hewlett-Packard. 


Last updated: 8/17/2019

Two graduate students successfully complete Internship seminar

Congratulations to Ms. Kayla Anderson and Mr. Souleymane Seye after the successful completion of their MS in Applied Physical Science Internship seminar entitled “The Ongoing Pursuit of High Value Chemicals from Reclaimed Tires”. This internship experience was supported by Efficien Technology located in Statesboro, GA with plant manager Mr. Chris Thorpe and COSM faculty Dr. John DiCesare and Dr. Don McLeMore.

Last updated: 11/29/2018

October festivities: Mole Day and Scare on the Square

The chemistry student clubs show cased a variety of fun demonstrations for Mole day and Halloween. The Student Affliates of the American Chemical Socitey (SAACS) on the Statesboro campus celebrated Mole Day on October 23rd. They performed a variety of demos including Thermite, Elephant’s Toothpaste, Screaming Gummy Bears, and many more. Sudents from NOBCChE and SAACS clubs participated in the annual downtown Scare on the Square festival in Statesboro on October 27th and added more “magic” to the Halloween atmosphere with their cool chemistry experiments.

Last updated: 11/8/2018