Chemistry Majors Bring Back Awards from Conference

Photo of Rachel Sanders, Hallie Weems, Diana Bigler, and Katie Hatstat.

Two Rhodes chemistry majors won outstanding poster presentation awards at the 22nd Conference on Current Trends in Computational Chemistry held Nov. 15-16 in Jackson, MS. Diana Bigler ’15 and Hallie Weems ’15 tied for the third place award after competing with other undergraduate and graduate students from around the country.

Their work was on a combined experimental/theoretical investigation of sulfotransferase enzymes currently being carried out in the laboratories of Professors Mauricio Cafiero and Larryn Peterson in the Department of Chemistry. These enzymes are responsible for the regulation and transport of drugs, neurotransmitters, and hormones in the body. 

Cafiero served as a session chair at the conference which attracts researchers from all over the world. Thirteen countries were represented this year. Rachel Sanders ’14 and Katie Hatstat ’16 also attended.