Student Blog Post - Undergraduate Chemistry Research

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Tiffany Onifer

Greetings and Salutations!

Have you ever analyzed the mucro posterior region of a leaf?
Presenting research at the American Chemistry Society Conference


Welcome to the blog spot where you get to hear about what's taking place on campus, behind the scenes at Waynesburg University. My name is Tiffany Onifer and I am a junior Chemistry, Pre-med major. For the past 3 years I have been actively involved in research.

Now you might be interested in what I'm researching, which is probably one of the reasons you're reading this blog. What my advisor, Dr. Fletcher, and I have been doing is researching different methods for improving the microdialysis sampling of neuropeptides.


If you're in a pickle and have no idea what I just said that's ok! This is exactly how I felt in the beginning of my freshman year. As these blog posts progress my desire is that you will have a better understanding of what we are actively doing.

What does research look like from a student athlete perspective? At the undergraduate level you have several options, you can research a specific topic that you are interested in or you can join in on a preexisting project. Freshman year I hopped on the wagon.

As a dual varsity athlete, practice will always be scheduled. As a Chemistry major, labs will always be in abundance. As an undergraduate researcher, patience needs to be developed and utilized when the project is soaring on the mountain tops to when it fails not just once but many times and you have no idea why it is not working.

It is within these moments, when I've made mistakes that I have learned the most about the system vs. the symptoms. Even though setbacks, “set you back” they don't have to keep you down. I have learned that it is a crucial time where you can get back on your feet stronger than ever before and push towards the mark of success.

Waynesburg University and the Chemistry Department has truly been a blessing in regards to opening doors unto those involved in research. Coming into Waynesburg I thought that research was just working behind the scenes in a lab trying to solve an extremely hard puzzle with more than 1000 pieces. I had no idea of the numerous opportunities that would have come as a result of this journey. Throughout the last 2 years I have been able to present our findings in 3 different states and at 1 state capitol.

As great as this blog is sounding I think it's time for an intermission. But right before the commercial I must share what we have been doing on the research front. In the past 2 weeks the glass surface of our beads were activated and the bead density was determined. Next on the list is binding studies using various proteins.

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Tiffany Onifer is a junior Chemistry, Pre-Med Major