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Graduate Students M.S. and Ph.D. in Environmental Chemistry

Recent Graduates

  • Johnathon Brooks (M.P.S. 2013, Boyer) Technical Support Manager, Baker Hughes
  • Jiajue Chai (Ph.D. 2014, Dibble) Postdoctoral Researcher at Brown University
  • Jesse Crandall (Ph.D. 2014, Teece) Assistant Professor, University of St. Joseph in West Hartford, CT
  • Jennifer Croskrey (M.S. 2012, Hassett), U.S. Geological Survey Colorado Water Science Center
  • Gary Bonomo (M.S. 2011, Johnson) - Laboratory Supervisor, Syracuse University Department of Chemistry
  • Jordan Brinkley (M.S. 2008, Kieber) - Lab Coordinator, ESF Department of Chemistry
  • Caresse Fernandez (M.S. 2012, Teece) –7th Grade Science Teacher, Excel Public Charter School in Washington State
  • Lindsay A. Harrington (Ph.D. 2012, Hassett) - INFICON, a manufacturer of instruments for gas analysis in DeWitt
  • Hongyi Hu (Ph.D. 2013, Dibble) Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Arkansas
  • Joanna Kinsey (Ph.D. 2014, Kieber) Assistant professor at Quinnipiac University
  • Rebecca Jarrell Lyons (Ph.D. 2010, Hassett) Associate Professor of Chemistry, University of Redlands
  • Dara Salley (M.S. 2014, Hassett) INFICON
  • Kathleen Saxton (M.S. 2013, Donaghy) Instructional Support Associate at University at Albany
  • Karen Schmitt (M.S. 2010, Dibble) Galson Laboratories
  • Yuan Sha (M.S. 2013, Dibble), Technology Manager at Shanghai Auto Industry Corporation
  • Smriti Sharma (M.S. 2015, Hassett) Environmental Analyst, Aria Energy
  • Peter Smyntek (Ph.D. 2006, NSF Graduate Fellow, Teece) Assistant Professor, St. Vincent College, PA
  • Christopher Spiese (Ph.D. 2010, EPA GRO Fellow Kieber) Associate Professor of Chemistry, Ohio Northern University
  • Hannah Stella-Levinson (M.S. 2008, Johnson) - Chemistry teacher, Fabius-Pompey School District
  • Inger Tyssebotn (Ph.D. 2015, Kieber) Postdoctoral Researcher at Washington State University
  • Ray Van Orden (M.S. 2008, Kieber) Forensic Scientist Supervisor, City of Mesa
  • Lei Zhang (Ph.D. 2005, Dibble) Covance, Inc.

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Financial Support

Selected applicants to the graduate program will be offered a full tuition waiver and a 12 month stipend that will cover their living expenses, and the costs of books and fees. Students are supported primarily as research assistants rather than teaching assistants, and as a result they have more time to devote to their research.


Current Graduate Students in Environmental Chemistry


Current Students Only currently registered students appear — new names appear at start of academic year

Amanda Charette

atcharet@syr.edu
Environmental Chemistry
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Mirowsky


Liang Chen

Liang Chen

lichen@syr.edu
Environmental Chemistry
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Kieber


Shelby Coleman

Shelby Coleman

shcolema@syr.edu
Environmental Chemistry
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Mirowsky


Dominique Derminio

dsdermin@syr.edu
FCH Environmental Chemistry
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Boyer


Weiyao Gu

wgu100@syr.edu
Environmental Chemistry
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Dibble


Hollis Harrington

hcharrin@syr.edu
Environmental Chemistry
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Hassett


Christopher Huston

cphuston@syr.edu
Environmental Chemistry
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Hassett


Alana Ingham

aingham@syr.edu
Environmental Chemistry
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Hassett
Undergraduate Institution: SUNY Binghamton (Environmental Science)


Khoa Lam

Khoa Lam

klam03@syr.edu
Environmental Chemistry
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Dibble
Undergraduate Institution: Ohio Wesleyan University (Chemistry ACS, Music)

Personal Statement
I consider resolving issues pertaining to the environment an inherent responsibility of chemistry, and chemistry provides me with both the deep comprehension of the relationships of the world at the molecular level and the unlimited possibility for practical and innovative thinking to achieve the fundamental understanding of the environment. My research focuses on applying quantum modeling knowledge to predict reactivity and chemical relevance of a yet-to-be-detected species of mercury in the atmosphere, a neurotoxin which may travel far away from its original emission source. When I am not doing research or taking classes, I enjoy doing yoga by candlelight, arranging a capella music, dancing to house music, watching League of Legends tournaments, composing post-minimalist music, failing at rock climbing, binge-watching seasons of Black Mirror, going to operas and classical concerts, and hiking.

Graduate Research Topic
Atmospheric Mercury Chemistry, Quantum Mechanical Modeling, Chemical Kinetics, Computational Chemistry

Favorite Quote
"We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths" - Walt Disney, Meet the Robinsons



Hosea Mak

hmak100@syr.edu
Environmental Chemistry
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Hassett
Undergraduate Institution: CUNY College Of Staten Island (Chemistry)


Anne McElwee

ammcelwe@syr.edu
Environmental Chemistry
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Boyer


Lisa Paulsen

ltpaulse@syr.edu
Environmental Chemistry
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Stipanovic


Tyler Puorro

tjpuorro@syr.edu
Environmental Chemistry
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Dibble


Xavier Schafer

Xavier Schafer

xschafer@syr.edu
Environmental Chemistry
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Dibble
Undergraduate Institution: Le Moyne College (Chemistry)

Graduate Research Topic
First-ever analytical detection of atmospheric mercury compounds that form upon the bromine-initiated oxidation of mercury (i.e. HgBrNO2, HgBrOH, etc.). The goal is to formulate a method for analytically detecting these compounds and to provide analytical data supporting their existence. This would hopefully facilitate further study of these compounds and provide a means for detecting them in the atmosphere.

Favorite Quote
Itís what you do in the dark... that puts you into the light. ~Unknown



Zacharias Smith

zjsmith@syr.edu
Environmental Chemistry
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Boyer


Jaclyn Torkelson

jftorkel@syr.edu
Environmental Chemistry
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Teece


Bofan Wei

bwei101@syr.edu
Environmental Chemistry
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Boyer


Crystal Welch

cjwelch@syr.edu
Environmental Chemistry
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Hassett
Undergraduate Institution: SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (Environmental Chemis)


Lei Xue

Lei Xue

lxue@syr.edu
Environmental Chemistry
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Kieber


Ying Zhou

yzhou51@syr.edu
Environmental Chemistry
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Mao


Yuting Zhu

Yuting Zhu

yzhu@syr.edu
Environmental Chemistry
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Kieber
Undergraduate Institution: Nanjing University (Environmental Science)