Research by Rhodes Students Stand Out at Chemical Society National Conference and Diana Bigler ’15 Wins Poster Award

Rhodes senior chemistry major Diana Bigler took home an outstanding undergraduate poster award from the Computers in Chemistry division at the 249th American Chemical Society National Conference. The conference, held March 22-26 in Denver, was attended by more than 10,000 chemists from around the world. Earlier this year, Bigler published a manuscript based on her honors research in a peer-reviewed journal and won an award at the Arkansas INBRE conference. She is the outgoing president of the chemistry honor society at Rhodes.

In addition, junior chemistry major Katie Hatstat had her poster selected for the conference’s Sci-Mix session—a well-attended, select poster session combining research highlights from all 30 divisions in the American Chemical Society. Professors Mauricio Cafiero and Larryn Peterson also attended the conference with their research students.

Bigler and Hatstat presented work that they have completed while working with Professors Cafiero and Peterson. Bigler started working with Prof Cafiero in her first year and has presented her work at conferences more than 10 times. She will attend medical school next year. Hatstat also has been working with Prof. Cafiero since her first year. Next year, she will pursue an interdisciplinary project combining synthetic organic chemistry in Prof. Peterson’s lab with her computational modelling work in Prof. Cafiero’s lab.

Other students who presented their work at this conference include:

Gabrielle Bailey 
Mallory Morris 
Jennifer Rote 
Hallie Weems 
Danielle Wilson

Biology senior Sarah Johnson, who works with Prof. Cafiero, also attended the conference.