Group News

October 2022

Bess, Jorge, Sam, Rina, and Sabyasachi traveled to the 2022 American Chemical Society Midwest regional meeting in Iowa City. We had a great time talking science with new and old friends.

October 2022

Welcome to Rob Lewis! Rob is a visiting PhD student from our collaborator Ellen Matson's group at the University of Rochester. He will spend a little over a month in Vermillion performing calculations on teh molecules he has already synthesized in the lab!

October 2022

Welcome to Nathan Loutsch and Naomi Rehberg! Nathan is an MS student in the 3+2 program and is interested in studying heavy element chemistry. Naomi is an undergraduate student interested in atmospheric chemistry. Both of them have done research in experimental groups and are excited to start their theory projets. We are so happy to have you on the team!

August 2022

Sam went to the ACS meetign in Chicago! He presented work in collaboration with the Tolman group that was supported by the NSF Center for Sustainable Polymers.

July 2022

This month Parisa Fasihianifard sucessfully defened her M.Sc. thesis! We are so proud of her work. She will head to UC Riverside in a month to start her Ph.D. We look forward to seeing what the rest of her career will bring! Congratulations Parisa!

June 2022

Our group was awarded a Department of Energy (DOE) Early Career grant! This $750,000 grant will support work modeling actinide chemistry using multireference methods for the next five years. We are really excited about the work we will do together!

May 2022

Summer undergraduate researchers have joined the group! Welcome to Lacee, Jeff, and Nadira! We are looking forward to the work you will do! Jeff and Lacee are participating in the the NSF REU program at USD. Nadira is supported by the NSF Center for Sustainable Polymers and performing collaborative work with Prof. Salman Seyhan at Clark Atlanta University.

April 2022

Bess, Jorge, and Sam attended the NSF Center for Sustainable Polymers annual meeting in Minneapolis. Both Sam and Jorge presented their work and we had a great time interacting with other center members.

March 2022

Bess, Sabyasachi, and Rina are heading to ACS in San Diego soon! We have missed sharing our science and talking to other researchers in person. We can't wait!

November 2021

Ashen has defended his Master's thesis! Good job!!

September 2021

Jorge has joined our team as a postdoctoral researcher working in the NSF Center for Sustainable Polymers. Welcome!!

July 2021

Summer undergraduate researchers Emma and Christina have been doing a great job. They are getting ready for their final seminar and poster presentations at the end of the month and we are so proud of them!

March 2021

Mahfuz has joined our team as a new M.Sc. student. Welcome!!

October 2020

Parisa has joined our team as a new M.Sc. student. Welcome!!

August 2020

Rina and Sam sucessfully defended their Master's theses! Congrats and we are proud of you!!

January 21st, 2020

We have a new undergraduate student, Braxton Schmidt, joining our group. Welcome!

October 2019

We have a new graduate student joining our group. Ashen will be co-advised (Miro group) and will work in the EPSCoR Track II project. Welcome to the group!

October 18th, 2019

Clara and our summer 2019 REU student, MaKenna, went to the Midwest Regional Meeting (MWRM). Clara gave a talk and presetned a poster (she won the 3rd place prize! MaKenna presented a poster and won the first place prize! Great work!!

August 28th and 29th, 2019

Bess and Brian are going to the ACS National Meeting in San Diego. Come see Bess speak on Wednesday the 28th or Brian on the 29th. Hope to see you there!

August 13th, 2019

The NSF Center for Sustainable Polymers (CSP) was renewed! We look forward to the research we will be able to do over the next five years. Read more here (link)

June 6th, 2019

Bess gave a talk at the annual meeting for the Center for Functional Fluorinated Materials (CFFM).

May 28th, 2019

The summer students are here! Welcome to MaKenna Koble from Augustana Unviersity and welcome back to USD student Clara Kirkvold

May 1st, 2019

Undergraduate researcher and USD Chemistry major Clara Kirkvold (pictured on right) recently was awarded the Goldwater Scholarship! Congrats Clara! Read more here (link)

May 1st, 2019

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