Chemistry/Biology Research Honors Students
to Study at Princeton and Rider Universities

5-20-04

MCCC Chemistry honors research students Linda Johnson, Kehinde Majekodunmi and Heng Ouch with chemistry faculty member Helen Tanzini after the students presented papers on chemical research projects they conducted at Princeton and Rider Universities during the past year. All three are graduating this spring. Johnson and Majekodunmi will continue their research at Princeton through a summer fellowship.

WEST WINDSOR, N.J. -- Mercer County Community College Chemistry honors research students Linda Johnson, Kehinde Majekodunmi and Heng Ouch, all of Trenton, had the opportunity to conduct chemical research at Princeton and Rider Universities during the past year. They recently presented their research findings to fellow students, faculty members and visiting faculty.

The students were part of MCCC’s Research Honors Program, which partners with the universities to give students the valuable experience working with renowned professors and highly sophisticated instrumentation. According to MCCC Chemistry faculty member Helen Tanzini, “This is one of the best opportunities we offer our science students. It has made them very competitive in the job market.”

Johnson and Majekodunmi will be continuing their research this summer at Princeton University as part of a research fellowship. Johnson's project this year was under the guidance of Princeton professors Minkui Luo and Dr. J. Groves. Her topic was "Synthesis, Characterization and Iron-Acquisition of Hydroxamic Acid.” Majekodunmi's research was under Princeton’s Drs. Adam Kustka and Francois Morel. His topic was "Trace Metal Reduction by Phytoplankton: A Study of the Role of Plasmalemma Redox Enzymes." Ouch worked under Rider University's Dr. Bruce Burnham and focused on "Synthesis of Pyrrole C-and-N-Nucleosides as Anti-Cancer Agents."

Johnson, who earned a bachelor’s degree before studying science at Mercer, will attend pharmacy school in the fall. Majekodunmi, who is graduating from Mercer this month, will transfer to Rutgers University to continue his studies. Ouch, also graduating this month, plans to transfer to Rider University.

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