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Congratulations to Harrisburg University undergraduate student Rebecca Conner. An Integrative Sciences major with a concentration in Chemistry, she was recently awarded a highly competitive Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Summer fellowship at Mississippi State University. 

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The research project she will work on is titled “Using advanced NMR techniques to monitor the performance of green adsorbents with complex mixtures.”  As part of her work, she will identify the intermolecular forces that drive nano-scale interactions between molecular systems and adsorbent materials. Biophysical techniques will be used to understand the behavior of biological macromolecules as they interact with these materials in the environment.

The fellowship will give her exposure to multidimensional NMR spectroscopy, spectroscopy, separations, as well as the ability to interpret data using computational tools like MATLAB. 

“Rebecca‘s laboratory experiences using NMR at HU motivated her to apply for this position,” notes Dr. Catherine T. Santai, Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Integrative Sciences Program Lead.

This is the second student this year at HU to receive an REU award.

The B.S. in Integrative Sciences program at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology was designed to start with the basics of biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics, and then allow students the flexibility to concentrate in Biology, Chemistry, Biological Chemistry or Forensics.  More on the program is found online at


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