research group

Above:  Ross Poland (left, group member 2005-2007) and Amanda Isom (right, current group member) enjoy their time at the National ACS Conference in Chicago, IL.

Amanda Isom is from Martinsville, Indiana; currently, Amanda is a rising senior chemistry major at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and working towards a minor in psychology.  Amanda will be serving as Vice President for Panhellenic Council and President of Alpha Phi Omega  in the fall, in addition to many other campus and Terre Haute community service activities she has planned for her senior year.  Amanda began her research career in the spring of her sophomore year, and since that time, she has presented her findings at multiple ACS conferences, regional and national, at Rose-Hulman's annual IRCBC Symposium (fall 2006), and at the annual Butler Undergraduate Conference (spring 2007) with plans for other presentations in the upcoming year,  including one for the Rose-Hulman Chemistry Department's seminar series.  Since Amanda began research, she has been a scholar in the IRCBC (Interdisciplinary Research Collaborative between Biology and Chemistry) program for two consecutive summers (summer 2006 and 2007)!  Amanda will be applying to graduate schools next year in the pursuit of a post baccalaureate degree in Neuroscience.



Eric Smith is a rising sophomore at Rose-Hulman with a double major in Chemistry and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and a minor in Japanese. Being raised in nearby Clinton, IN, Eric has had the opportunity to participate in Rose-Hulman’s Explore Engineering and Operation Catapult programs. Eric began his research career in the winter quarter of his freshman year, and during the spring of his freshman year, he presented at the annual Butler Undergraduate Conference. Eric is a scholar in the IRCBC program, and plans to present his findings at Rose-Hulman's IRCBC Symposium in the fall.  After graduation, Eric plans to attend graduate school in pursuit of a Ph.D. or MD/Ph.D. to continue his studies in chemistry.



Cecilia Latta (picture not shown) is a rising senior chemistry major at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.  CeCe is from Brazil, IN; she began her research career last spring, and plans to present her findings in the Rose-Hulman Chemistry Department seminar series next academic year.  Upon graduation, CeCe plans to pursue a graduate degree in Neuroscience.


  Stillman Pugh (picture not shown) was involved in research as early as his freshman year, and explored research further last spring. 


  Kellen Hennen (picture not shown) explored research last year working with Chastity Williams (picture not shown).  Chastity currently works at Rose-Hulman Ventures.


previous group members

Ross Poland is a 2007 Rose-Hulman alumnus.  Ross will be enrolled at Texas A&M in the fall and will be working with Professor Donald Darensbourg.  Ross began his research career as a sophomore, and presented at the annual Butler Undergraduate Conference, and after he worked as an REU participant in Professor Darensbourg's lab (summer 2006), he presented his findings at the annual IRCBC Symposium and in the Department's seminar series.  Ross was very involved in the men's fraternity system at Rose-Hulman, and participated in many campus and Terre Haute community activities while at Rose-Hulman.  Ross will be pursuing a Ph.D. in chemistry at Texas A&M with a concentration in inorganic chemistry.  Ross hopes to one day afford his own Bentley...on a graduate stipend? (Just kidding, Ross!)


Vincent Franco is a 2005 Rose-Hulman alumnus.  Vincent is pursuing a post baccalaureate degree at the University of Alabama with Professor Michael Jennings.  Vincent was my first research student at Rose-Hulman in the fall of 2004! Vincent also worked at Rose-Hulman Ventures with Professor Bruce Allison in the summer of 2004.  Vincent has a strong interest in synthetic organic chemistry, and presented two research talks at Butler Undergraduate Conference in the spring of 2005.  Vincent regularly visits his alma-mater during Homecoming events.  Vincent was a very active fraternity member during his time at Rose-Hulman. 

Between work with co-ops and other engineering activities, Phillips Booher performed research during his junior year. 
  Colin Overstreet (picture not shown) is a 2006 Rose-Hulman alumnus.  Colin began research his junior and continued through some of his senior year.  Colin presented his findings during Department's seminar series in the spring of 2006.


  Dan Szymkowiak (picture not shown) worked during his freshman year before transferring to Drexel University.  Dan was awarded the Institute's Weaver Award (spring 2005) after submitting a proposed research plan.  Dan has continued to participate in research at Drexel.