Ms. Laura Fox, a junior Chemistry major, participated in an International Research Experiences for Undergraduates (IREU) during Summer 2009. She conducted chemistry research in the analytical chemistry department of the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland.
Her summer experience began with a predeparture orientation in Washington, D.C., where she met other IREU students. Two of those students would be traveling with her to Scotland, while the remaining twenty would be traveling elsewhere in Europe. She was able to also meet and network with members of the American Chemical Society (ACS) and National Science Foundation (NSF).
During Laura’s ten weeks in Scotland, she researched volatile organic compound (VOC) assessment in heritage science. Her work focused on a nondestructive technique of analysing the VOCs that are emitted during the degradation of cellulose in old books.
In addition to research, Laura traveled all around the city of Glasgow, throughout Scotland, and even went to Paris for a weekend. One of the most rewarding experiences of the summer, she says, was the connections she made with people from around the world, especially her Scottish friends at work.
Her summer experience concluded with two poster presentations (one for international research and one for all undergraduates) at the ACS National meeting in Washington, D.C., in August. This internship was organized by the ACS and funded by NSF.