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Hi! I'm Autumn. This blog is for my chemistry updates in school, work, and life.

I'm a fourth-year Chemistry major with an American Chemical Society concentration at The College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University.

I am part of the research program here, working on the use of functionalized dendrimers in catalysis. I work at Montana State University in Bozeman and the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University .

In addition to research, I work in the chemistry department at CSBSJU, helping with developing new labs and as a teaching assistant for intro chem, organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, and upper division integrated lab.

I have high hopes of getting my PhD in chemistry and am applying to schools this fall.

Chemistry is an extremely interesting, wonderful topic and I hope you find it as amazing as I do :)
One of my students preparing a column for a liposome tagged with a  fluorescent.

One of my students preparing a column for a liposome tagged with a fluorescent.

11 hours ago
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Apparently I type really fast. Does this count in chemistry?

Apparently I type really fast. Does this count in chemistry?

5 days ago
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So this was cool! It’s my picture!

So this was cool! It’s my picture!

1 week ago
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UPDATE GRE IN THE MORNING I AM NOT CALM

1 week ago
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I’ve had this same dessicator since sophomore year. I’m going to miss it *tear*

I’ve had this same dessicator since sophomore year. I’m going to miss it *tear*

1 week ago
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brandonackbar said: Also, how do you know Kyle (KEM-ist)? He's one of my best real life friends

kem-ist:

brandonackbar:

kem-ist:

brandonackbar:

kem-ist:

hood32:

brandonackbar:

hood32:

kem-ist and I follow each other on Tumblr and met up at the ACS Dallas conference! :)

The Dallas conference this past year? His poster and mine were right next to each other!image

Hahaha yep! I stopped by his poster too, are you sure we didn’t meet? I think he has a picture with me on his blog somewhere from the poster session even.

People are talking about me on Tumblr, I FEEL FAMOUS. *blush*

We might have met, I don’t really remember.  There were so many people I have a hard time remembering who I met.

We were too busy canoodling, Brandon

Who? You and me or you and her? I totally remember you running and abandoning me at some point, that must have been the time

NO YOU AND ME, BRANDON. You and I. Canoodling.

Do you mean like the time I abandoned you and went to Vermont? (too soon?)

Haha… Yeah no canoodling for me. Kyle came and took a look at my (and Carla’s) poster though so I think that’s probably what you remember him leaving for :) Nice to meet you on here sorry I didn’t say hi in person! Maybe the next ACS meeting if you guys are going to Denver!

1 week ago
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brandonackbar said: Also, how do you know Kyle (KEM-ist)? He's one of my best real life friends

kem-ist and I follow each other on Tumblr and met up at the ACS Dallas conference! :)

1 week ago
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It’s like they took all the worst jokes from the internet and compiled them here

It’s like they took all the worst jokes from the internet and compiled them here

2 weeks ago
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vincenzo-01 said: So, when ever you perform a lab, do you have to memorize some steps in the procedure due to the timing required? I'm currently in my second year of IB chem at my high school, and I was just curious if that was a thing

Short answer: Sometimes yes.

Long answer: In general it’s good to be prepared going into lab before you start a reaction. The way many high schoolers and undergrads approach labs is that they show up to lab without a really good idea of what’s going to happen, and then they read off the instructions and do the lab step by step. It’s better—especially for reactions which can be light or air sensitive—to have a really thorough understanding of the procedure you’re performing ahead of time so that the procedure goes by really quickly. Being prepared also helps you complete the lab noticeably faster. When I was in my first semester of lab here I got all of my labs done in 5 weeks when we had 12 weeks to complete them all because I came into lab prepared for each lab and could execute multiple labs in each lab period. Those who weren’t prepared took an entire 4-hour period to perform an extraction (which, if you know what you’re doing, should take less than 20 minutes).

Sometimes reagents need to be cold when they’re added (need to work quickly to ensure they’re not heated by excessive handling or exposure to room temp), or the reaction needs to be heated to a certain temperature and not above, so you need to know exactly what you’re doing when the reaction hits that temperature.

There are also labs and procedures that are meant to study the kinetics of a reaction. These especially are extremely time-dependent because the whole point is to determine the rate at which a reaction proceeds. In these situations some memorization of a few basic purification steps or a few volumes/weights of reagents to add may be required.

3 days ago
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Need to clean my benchtop :(

Need to clean my benchtop :(

6 days ago
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UPDATE GRE NOW STILL NOT CALM

1 week ago
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The NMR fairy came on a Saturday and cleaned off the samples from the autosampler (hint it was me)

The NMR fairy came on a Saturday and cleaned off the samples from the autosampler (hint it was me)

1 week ago
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Found in the research lab: I want to know what this contraption was being used for!

Found in the research lab: I want to know what this contraption was being used for!

1 week ago
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brandonackbar said: Also, how do you know Kyle (KEM-ist)? He's one of my best real life friends

brandonackbar:

hood32:

kem-ist and I follow each other on Tumblr and met up at the ACS Dallas conference! :)

The Dallas conference this past year? His poster and mine were right next to each other!image

Hahaha yep! I stopped by his poster too, are you sure we didn’t meet? I think he has a picture with me on his blog somewhere from the poster session even.

1 week ago
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brandonackbar said: Hey, I just saw your blog and I have to ask. What's an American Chemical Society concentration? I'm also a chemist, I've just never heard of that concentration before

When I started college we had two chemistry majors at my school: normal Chemistry and ACS Concentration. Since my school has a different sort of curriculum than is standard, the chemistry major with the ACS concentration is my school’s way of designating that I’m completing the curriculum that is standard when chemistry students apply to graduate school in chemistry. Someone who had just the normal chemistry major takes about 13 credits less for the major and may not be prepared to enter graduate school for chemistry. Hope this answers your question! :)

1 week ago
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