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Three Loyola students awarded STEM scholarships for summer study in Germany

| By Stephanie Weaver
Sarah Trent, '18, Jonathan Deegan, '17, and Emily Chambers, '17
Sarah Trent, '18, Jonathan Deegan, '17, and Emily Chambers, '17

Three Loyola students – Emily Chambers, Sarah Trent, and Jonathan Deegan – have been awarded STEM scholarships for summer study in Germany for projects in engineering, biology, and chemistry, respectively.  

Emily Chambers, ’17

Emily Chambers was awarded a scholarship through the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) at RWTH Aachen University for her project, “Functionalization of Thermoplastic Polymers for Sensor Applications.”

Chambers will be preparing thermoplastic polymers – a plastic material that becomes moldable at a certain temperature and solidifies upon cooling – to induce electrical properties such as electrical conductivity, piezoelectricity, or pyroelectricity.

Independent study has been a priority for Chambers at Loyola. She has done independent study every semester since her first year, including last summer.

“I was particularly attracted to the UROP International program at Aachen University because of the sustainability driven, interdisciplinary work at their research facility,” Chambers said. “I look forward to how this summer’s research will reinforce the material I’ve learned in my classes, and how my classwork will enhance my independent research, as it has done in the past.”

Chambers is an engineering major, with a concentration in materials engineering, from Owings Mills, Md. At Loyola, she is involved in the Loyola Chosen Generation Gospel Choir, Mission Integration and Sustainability Board, and Society of Women Engineers Club. She is also a Center for Community Service and Justice volunteer and a Loyola garden caretaker.

UROP International is designed for students from North American universities who wish to gain research experience by conducting research projects at RWTH Aachen University. It takes place during a 10-week period over the summer.

Sarah Trent, ‘18

Sarah Trent won a scholarship from The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)/Research Internships in Science and Engineering (RISE) to study her project, “Development of a Sensor and Expert Model Based Training Device for Advanced Minimally Invasive Surgical Tasks,” at the Heidelberg University Hospital.

In her project, Trent will be using optical tracking devices and sensors to record task and procedural performance data from expert surgeons in the field of laparoscopy. Trent plans to pursue a career in medicine, and is grateful for her professors at Loyola for helping her make her dreams a reality.

“There is an incredible support system of professors involved in pre-health and the natural sciences at Loyola,” Trent said. “I am very thankful for these talented professors who go above and beyond my expectations, mentoring me and the many other students studying the natural sciences.”

Trent is a biology major and Spanish minor from Medford, N.J. At Loyola, Trent is involved in Health Outreach Baltimore and a member of the Honors Program and the women’s swim team.

Jonathan Deegan, ‘17

Jonathan Deegan was awarded a scholarship with The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)/Research Internships in Science and Engineerign (RISE) to study his project, "Natural Product Synthesis and Method Development in Heterocyclic Chemistry” at Freie Universität, Germany.

Heterocycles are structures found in various biologically active molecules and play a major role in drug discovery and development. Deegan will be designing and carrying out some heterocycle-syntheses, working to make those reactions more efficient, and purifying the products of those reactions.

Deegan credits the entire chemistry department for helping him earn this opportunity, especially Jesse More, Ph.D., associate professor of chemistry.

“Dr. More has taken me under his wing. I’ve assisted him with his research over the last year, and I’m incredibly grateful for his patience, expertise, and amazing attitude,” Deegan said.

Deegan is a chemistry major and a biology minor from Hopewell Junction, N.Y. At Loyola, Deegan is a resident assistant and a teaching assistant. He also participates in the Evergreen Players and plays piano.

RISE Germany offers undergraduate students from North American and British universities the opportunity to complete a summer research internship at top German universities and research institutions.

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All three students received guidance from Loyola’s national fellowships office

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