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spacer spacer J. Meier Testimonial

In Their Own Words: Jacob Meier and his NH-INBRE Experience

 

Jacob Meier

I am a BS Chemistry major, from Merrimack New Hampshire, working with Assistant Professor Kraly on using lichen species as bioindicators of pollutants. We are looking at the distribution of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) pollutants in our environment, because they have been shown to have carcinogenic effects as well as other adverse health effects. My primary analytical technique has been gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS). I have also used the GC-MS methods in collaboration with the research team of Dr. Loren Launen, Associate Professor of Biology, on her project studying microbial degradation of PAH in salt marshes.

This research was very instrumental in helping me prepare for my plans after graduation. I am planning on going to graduate school and have an application pending with South Dakota State University’s Chemistry Graduate Ph.D. Program. The hands-on training that I received through this program has definitely given me a leg up over a lot of the competition. I was able to work in a lab on a project that I was interested in, and I was able to design and implement a lot of my own protocols. I also was given the opportunity for hands-on experience with many different instruments in the lab. We presented a poster of our results at Pittcon in Atlanta in March, which was a great experience.  It was great to see just how many opportunities are actually out there. I was able to attend many talks on subjects that I found interesting and was able to meet students and network with one of the grad schools I am interested in. I found this experience very interesting and enlightening, and I would like to expand on this knowledge base, possibly by going into analytical chemistry research with a biomedical field of study.

May, 2011 Update: Upon graduation, Mr. Meier was accepted as a fully funded graduate teaching assistant at South Dakota State University, where he is pursuing his Ph.D. in Chemistry. He intends to join the research team of Dr. Brian Logue, who uses analytical techniques for solar cell applications and the detection of chemical warfare agents.


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