Everybody Needs A: Brain
Jun02

Everybody Needs A: Brain

In a post several weeks ago, I examined the debate of synthesis or purchasing of commercially-made compounds.  If you recall, it appeared that I could not synthesize the correct compound, and the compound I had bought did not appear to have been synthesized correctly.  I took the advice of one of a reader and decided to call the company from which I had bought my compound.  Luckily, I had a great conversation with customer support,...

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To Synthesize or to Buy?  That is the question.
May18

To Synthesize or to Buy? That is the question.

Happy summer, everyone!  Sorry for the cheesy title.  Because I’m still an undergrad, I get the chance to take some pretty cool classes that have a little to nothing to do with chemistry.  This can either be a nice break (i.e: Shakespeare, see title) or an unwelcome distraction (…Spanish).  I’m soaking in as much diverse education as I can before I start specializing in my PhD.  This is all besides the point. Anyway,...

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REU Round-Up Part II – An interview!

Hello everyone! Sorry for the long delay, but here is the long-promised interview with a real-live graduate student!  Amanda is a first-year grad student at a new-england university.  She can tell you all about her experience below.  What is interesting is that even though Amanda did hardcore inorganic chemistry in her REU, she has since gone on to a biochemistry lab, but still would like to apply her interest in metal binding.  So as...

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Chembites – a blog for undergrads!

Probably the hardest thing to do as an undergraduate is to read the literature.  It’s extremely daunting at first, and until you have a lot of experience with the language/abbreviations and background, you can end up spending frustrating numbers of hours reading a single paper.  Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have a “sparknotes” version of some of the more interesting papers? This morning, our friendly...

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REU Round-Up, part 1: The Blitz

Hey all! So we all want to get in to grad school, right?  Well, if you want to go get a chemistry PhD, common knowledge is that you should try to do some undergraduate research.  If you go to an institution where it is hard to do research for whatever reason, never fear!  There are these great programs out there called Research Experiences for Undergraduates, or REUs.  Most large research universities have them, and they normally last...

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