For his thesis, the chemistry major worked on a computational problem of a lab in Montreal, where he had previously conducted a summer research internship.
The computer science and chemistry double major continued work begun in the Dark Reactions Project, detailed in a recent cover story in Nature, for an interdisciplinary thesis.
Inspired by a topic from her Superlab course, the chemistry major and environmental studies minor researched the long-term reservoirs of pesticide DDT—which has been banned for almost 50 years in the U.S.—in salt marsh sediment.
After she finishes her six-week ecological field and lab work at the Toolik Lake field station in Alaska, Alana Thurston ‘16 will become a laboratory and field technician at Drexel University’s Patrick Center for Environmental Research.
The chemistry major researched how bacteria use enzymatic syntheses to make compounds.