Chemistry Undergrad Major Recognized for Outstanding Research at National Conference

November 18, 2014

Five undergraduates doing research at UC Santa Cruz were recognized for outstanding research presentations at the 2014 SACNAS National Conference, the largest STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) diversity event in the country. The conference, held in Los Angeles in October, featured a total of 918 undergraduate student presentations, 

Rene Mercado, a chemistry major at UCSC, won in the Chemistry category for his presentation on "The Effect on Various Capping Ligands on Rhodium-Gold Alloy Nanoparticles for use in Electrochemical Reduction." His adviser is Shaowei Chen, professor of chemistry.

In addition, UCSC chemistry professors Pradip Mascharak and Carrie Partch are the faculty advisers for two other students who were recognized for outstanding research at the conference.  Sharon Idiga, majoring in molecular, cell and developmental biology at UCSC and Michael Sanchez, currently at Cabrillo College.

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