Nov
      01

      October Update

      October Update Up to this point, I have performed many synthesis of the precursor aldehyde and have successfully made it. However, the separation of the desired product from the product mixture has been difficult. The particular reaction I followed has a very poor regioselectivity. I went back and looked through literatures on this one specific…
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      Nov
      01

      Research Reflections: The Final Stages

      On this first day of November, I am only five weeks away from defending my thesis and six weeks away from graduating from William and Mary altogether. I cannot believe that my work on William Carlos Williams is actually nearing completion, and that my time at William and Mary is drawing to a close. These…
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      Oct
      31

      October Update

      I am done with collecting data on the tetrapeptides containing lysine homologs. I am also done with aspargine and its methyl ester and glutamine methyl ester. However, I am still doing h/d exchange with glutamine to collect better data. I start to focus on the asaparagine tetrapeptides again. Recently, on of my lab peers synthesized…
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      Oct
      31

      Gatsby & The Self-Made Man…

      This past week I’ve been reading The Great Gatsby in light of all of my summer research on manhood. And goodness, how the text has come alive in such vivid new ways! I first fell in love with The Great Gatsby my junior year of high school, and I doubted I could ever love it…
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      Oct
      31

      October Update

      This update will be brief, as I am currently working on the first chapter of my thesis! The draft is due November 2nd, and I’m nervous but also really excited. My thesis has evolved a lot since I last posted. What I realized as I started researching and writing in earnest was that I had set…
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