Emma, Class of 2015

Chemistry Major

Saints don't stop just because it's summer. In her first year at Emmanuel, Emma took advantage of the opportunity to conduct summer research side-by-side with College faculty.

For Emma, the typical academic year didn't last from September through May. Beginning her first year at Emmanuel, she spent the majority of her summers on campus in the state-of-the-art Wilkens Science Center, conducting research with other chemistry majors in the lab of Professor Faina Ryvkin.

Emmanuel offers undergraduates a number of research positions in the summer months, providing housing in the residence halls, a stipend and the chance to work side-by-side with faculty members in their disciplines. While Emma acknowledged it was difficult to spend so much time away from her family in Troy, VT., she knew taking opportunities to advance her studies would give her an additional edge after graduation.

"The benefits definitely outweigh the negatives," she said. Emma loved what she was doing and said that there weren't a lot of options for summer work in her hometown. By staying at Emmanuel, Emma said she felt like she was helping to advance her career first and foremost.

Along with her cohort in the lab, Emma's work was centered on purifying specific enzymes based on literature that dates back nearly 50 years. In April 2013, she, Professor Ryvkin and Conor Gomes '15 were given the opportunity to present some of their research during the American Chemical Society's national meeting in New Orleans, LA.

It was really exciting to have her team's work recognized, Emma said. "That's the goal--to keep publishing, presenting and building my résumé."

Interested in Chemistry?

At Emmanuel, we believe that practicing chemistry opens the mind to critical thinking and problem solving. Our students collaborate with faculty on real-life research and are offered unmatched opportunities to engage in the subject through our Maureen Murphy Wilkens Science Center, collaboration with Merck Research Laboratories-Boston and location in the Longwood Medical and Academic Area.

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