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Hendrix Seniors Present Research at American Chemical Society National Meeting

Professional development and networking opportunities for Kennedi Burns, Kathryn Diekman, Isabel Ritter at gathering in NOLA

ACS in NOLA 2024.jpgAt right: Hendrix students (from left) Isabel Ritter, Kathryn Diekman, and Kennedi Burns pause for a photo during their travels to New Orleans to present at a national meeting of the American Chemical Society.

CONWAY, Arkansas (March 29, 2024)—Three Hendrix College students recently presented their research at the national meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS). The theme of this spring’s gathering, held March 17-20 in New Orleans, Louisiana, was “Many Flavors of Chemistry.” 

Kennedi Burns ’24, a health sciences major from Mansfield, Texas, and Isabel Ritter ’24, a chemistry major from Hot Springs, Arkansas, presented “The Synthesis of Novel Chalcones and Their Biological Properties” under the direction of Hendrix Assistant Professor of Chemistry Dr. Latorya Hicks. Kathryn Diekman ’24, a chemistry major from Little Rock, Arkansas, presented “Cloud condensation nuclei (CCN) activity of silica nanospheres” under the direction of Nancy and Craig Wood Odyssey Professor of Chemistry Dr. Courtney Hatch ’00.

The students appreciated the opportunities the meeting provided for networking with ACS members from outside the Hendrix community who share their academic interests.

“I’ve never seen so many chemists in one place before,” said Ritter. “I loved the undergraduate poster session, meeting other students, and seeing what amazing things are happening right now in chemistry.”

“Every year, Hendrix students have the opportunity to attend and present their research findings at professional conferences. For chemists, ACS is the gold standard,” Hatch said. “There’s no better learning experience than to be immersed in a sea of science surrounded by researchers eager to share their successes and failures. It offers students the freedom to explore current areas of research that they may not have encountered before.”

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