Sep
11

August Milestones!

This month, I began to work on my third chapter of my research. I ~finally~ started to get research participants. After sending out countless emails and requests for volunteers, I had the opportunity to interview a few students and then the snowball effect occurred. Through these students, I interviewed other students. I intend to acknowledge…
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Sep
07

Milestones in Research: From Reading to Writing

In this first full week of classes, I have met my thesis advisor to get the ball rolling for the completion of my project at the end of the semester! The most exciting milestone I have accomplished in the past few days is the major transition between the two main stages of my project: reading and writing. Beginning…
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Aug
31

August Update

After countless failures during this summer, something finally seems to work. I have finally synthesized a precursor to my newly proposed ligand design on the very last day of the summer research session. I am optimistic that this is a correct step and will lead to results. The successful synthesis of this precursor will lead…
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Aug
31

August Update: Research and Draft Thesis Statement

August was a very busy and productive month for my honors thesis. I was able to finish Hansen’s Athenian Democracy which gave me amazing insight into how the Athenian Democracy functioned, and how society worked during the ancient and classical periods of Athens. This month I also read Thompson’s John Stuart Mill and Representative Government,…
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Aug
31

August Update

For the my last week in Williamsburg, I continued to perform hydrogen/deuterium exchange (h/d exchange) on b2+ ions of the lysine (and its homologs) tetrapeptide(s), and h/d exchanage with aspargine and glutamine and their methyl esters. In addition, I worked up calculations of the rate of h/d exchanges before I left. The rest of this…
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