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Students Present Research at Los Alamos National Laboratory Symposium

Assistant Professor of Chemistry Dr. Duane Hatch and two Belmont students, Ambrose Rice and Ryan Agh, spent 10 weeks at a Department of Energy national laboratory this summer engaged in a research project as a part of the DOE’s Visiting Faculty Program, which Hatch was selected for. On August 4, the students presented their research posters at the 15th Annual Los Alamos National Laboratory Student SymposiumThe annual event brings together more than 150 students from universities all over the U.S. and is intended to broaden students’ expertise to prepare them for careers in the science and nontechnical fields. 

Agh, a rising senior chemistry major, presented a poster titled “Towards the Concise Syntheses of Selenium- and Tellurium-Containing Tryptophan Analogs for the Elucidation of Protein Structure and Function” and won first place in the research poster competition. Rice, a rising junior biology major, presented a poster titled “Enzymatic Synthesis of Unnatural Amino Acids and Their Bio-incorporation into Selected Proteins.”

Above image: Ryan Agh presents his award-winning research poster.