Rachael graduated from Novi High School in Novi, Michigan. Rachael completed their senior research project by developing a method of detecting blastomyces dermatitidis in soil using PCR. This study lays the foundation for further studying blastomyces dermatitidis in soil samples from endemic regions in northern Michigan. Rachael is a member of the Alpha Chi Honor Society. Rachael recently was selected to go to MSU to train in qPCR techniques and assisted in their cow bacteroides project. Rachael plans to attend graduate school in the future to study biochemistry.
"I can't tell you how much the chemistry faculty has helped me during the last couple of years. Tremendously is the word that comes to mind."
Attending Pharmacy School at Ferris State University
"I have especially enjoyed seeing undergraduates get involved in fairly high-powered research projects. Many of these projects are better than a typical master's thesis. For example, a former student of mine presented his data at a national meeting and was awarded the top student presentation. He was competing against numerous masters and graduate students at that meeting. LSSU's small size allows professors to work directly with motivated students and the faculty are truly interested in student success."
Towards the Synthesis of a Guanidine- like Organo- catalyst
In the last decade, N-based heterocycles have surfaced as useful organocatalysts. With strong Lewis basicity, a rigid structure that allows for strong resonance, and electronic distribution, these catalysts become useful in both medicinal and industrial chemistry purposes. The desire to created new and unique cyclic guanidine catalysts has generated interest in this field. We proposed to synthesize cyclic guanidine catalysts through a short three step process: (1) alkylation of a commercial imidazoline, (2) annulations with the use of a β-aminocarboxylic acid under dehydrating conditions, and (3) thermal elimination. The first step, alkylation, was successfully completed. In step 2, the annulations reaction, there is evidence that it may have proceeded, but more research is needed to verify the result. As such, the final step of forming an organocatalyst, elimination, could not be completed. In the future, the reaction will be optimized to yield the desired product.