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Last Thursday Mohawk hosted Monsaroff 2017 where 6 undergraduate students presented their research projects or scientific topics of interest. Scott Laengert (Brook group) and Fariha Mahmood (Saravanamuttu group) presented on behalf of our department and did an amazing job! Fariha took home the Monsaroff medal (top prize) for her presentation on “Growing Polymer Chains in a Vortex of Light”.

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Left to Right: Scott Laengert, Jennifer Garcia, Daniel D'Souza, Fariha Mahmood, Cameron Smith and Santosh Veerbadra

The event consisted of the following presentations:

  1. Daniel D’Souza, McMaster Chemical Engineering, Thin Lift Technology for Oil Production and the Dewatering of Oil Sands Fine Tailings Ponds
  2. Jennifer Garcia, McMaster Chemical Engineering, Transdermal Drug Delivery
  3. Scott E. Laengert, McMaster Chemistry & Chemical Biology, Sequential Functionalization of a Natural Cross Linker Leads to Designer Silicone Networks
  4. Fariha Mahmood, McMaster Chemistry & Chemical Biology, Growing Polymer Chains in a Vortex of Light
  5. Cameron Smith, Mohawk College Biotechnology, Management of Radioactive Waste
  6. Santosh Kumar Veerbadra, Mohawk College Biotechnology, Bacterial Endotoxin Testing

Monsaroff is an annual CIC-Hamilton section sponsored event to promote undergraduate student involvement in chemical sciences. Every year presentations are equally divided between the Dept. of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Dept. of Chemical Engineering and Mohawk College.


I would also like to thank Prof. Mike Brook for participating as a judge, and all the students who submitted abstract. Please find the attached document for the presentation abstracts.


I would also like remind you of the 45th Southern Ontario Undergraduate Student Chemistry Conference being held at York University on March 18th, abstracts are due March 14th. Please encourage your undergraduate students to submit an abstract and attend.



Ryan Wylie, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Chemistry & Chemical Biology
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