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Tales from Lab McNamara – Abridged Version

By • Aug 25th, 2015 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

From start to finish, my summer in lab was full of surprises.  In fact, the surprises presented by my project began weeks before my research this summer.  At the end of the spring semester, another student working on the project realized that we might not have synthesized the complex we thought we had synthesized.  As […]



Tales from Lab McNamara – The Final Chapter

By • Aug 25th, 2015 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

In my last blog post, I discussed a one-pot reaction that my adviser and I decided to use in a last-ditch effort to synthesize my complex.  As I mentioned previously, the electrochemical results from these crystals suggested that the crystals were in fact the molecule that I had been trying to synthesize all summer.  I […]



Tales from Lab McNamara – Part Two: The Reckoning

By • Jul 16th, 2015 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

In my last blog post, I explained that my research this summer has taken a path significantly different from that which was originally intended.  Rather than modifying two molecules that had already been synthesized, I have been trying to purposefully synthesize a different molecule, one that we may have accidentally synthesized earlier on in the […]



Tales from Lab McNamara – The First Installment

By • Jun 24th, 2015 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

I am only three weeks into my ten-week research project and so much has already happened.  In fact, the most significant event affecting the course of my research occurred before I even left campus last semester.  In my previously posted abstract, I explained that I would be investigating two previously isolated and studied ligands.  However, […]



Investigation of Cobalt-Salen Complexes for Hydrogen Generation Abstract

By • Mar 27th, 2015 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Global energy consumption continues to increase along with global population. Therefore, it is critical to research methods of harvesting renewable energy.  My project will explore a solution to this problem through specific analysis of a device proposed for artificial photosynthesis (AP).  AP serves as a potential solution to the storage problem associated with solar energy.  […]



Freshman Monroe Scholars Summer Research Projects 2014-08-07 13:36:41

By • Aug 7th, 2014 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

As I near the conclusion of my project, I am very excited about all that I have learned throughout the summer.  I could not be happier with my decision to pursue a Freshman Monroe Project and the opportunity that was subsequently granted to me.  Added benefits aside, I realize that all I really needed to […]



Beginning the Writing Process

By • Jun 24th, 2014 • Category: Honors Thesis, Paper, Research

In continuation of my project, I have compiled academic studies and reviews related to my topic: analyzing treatments for drug addiction and the ways in which those treatments could be transferred to combat food addiction.  Once I felt that I had a substantial number of papers noted, I began piecing together an outline for my […]



Finding a Topic within Food Addiction

By • Jun 17th, 2014 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

I began my research this summer by examining studies that have been conducted on animals in an effort to learn more about food addiction.  Many of these studies have focused only on whether or not food addiction actually exists.  There is a great debate occurring in the world of neuroscience about whether or not it […]



The Neurochemical Processes behind Food Addiction in Humans

By • Mar 31st, 2014 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

During my research this summer, I will investigate the neurological aspects of food addition. I plan to examine the ways in which certain neurochemical responses to food are similar to those associated with other substance addictions.  I will begin by analyzing the relevant mental processes that occur in animals, particularly rats and mice.  However, my […]