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Presentation or Panel Title

Scientific Research and Discovery: Experience Gained Through Pesticides and Clay

Location

Guzman 114

Start Date

4-15-2016 3:35 PM

End Date

4-15-2016 4:00 PM

Department

Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Student Type

Undergraduate - Honors

Faculty Mentor

Randall Hall, Ph.D.

Presentation Format

Oral Presentation

Abstract/Description

Through trial and error we often find the right way, the way things are meant to be. Science, in its entirety, is just that. Science is through trial and error ultimately answering the question posed, proving or disproving it. It is the questioning of an idea, formulating a theory in order to experiment and either prove or disprove the hypothesis in order to gain new knowledge that can may further science.

This senior paper will focus on science. In the following chapters is a collection of two different projects in which I participated in my undergraduate career at Dominican University of California. This group of projects in which I have participated are chronologically arranged, starting with my first project, on breast cancer, and ending with my most recent project, a very different one on theoretical studies of free radicals in clay. The scientific research is varied, but it reflects my changing interests as I have progressed at Dominican. These very different projects have allowed me to grow as a young scientist.

The first chapter is the research paper I completed with Dr. Maggie Louie, Dominican University of California, entitled “Correlation of Hormone Dependent Breast Cancer and Organochloride Pesticides.” This paper delves into the known correlation of breast cancer and pesticides, but takes a deeper look into the specific organochloride pesticides.

The second chapter is entitled “Formation of Free Radicals with Montomorillite” and was computationally conducted research with Dr. Randall Hal, Dominican University of California, in collaboration with Louisiana State University (LSU). In partnership with LSU, this project looks at a clay type Montomorillite and its role in the formation of free radical with a phenoxyl group. This project is still in progress; therefore this chapter mainly consists of introduction and methods because final conclusions cannot yet be drawn.

The insights I have gathered through research have lead me to understand where in the field of chemistry I want to go. Through diverse experiences, I have been able to find the path that is meant for me. Through trial and error, we find our way.

I hope you enjoy reading this as much as I enjoyed both performing the research and writing this thesis.

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Scientific Research and Discovery: Experience Gained Through Pesticides and Clay

Guzman 114

Through trial and error we often find the right way, the way things are meant to be. Science, in its entirety, is just that. Science is through trial and error ultimately answering the question posed, proving or disproving it. It is the questioning of an idea, formulating a theory in order to experiment and either prove or disprove the hypothesis in order to gain new knowledge that can may further science.

This senior paper will focus on science. In the following chapters is a collection of two different projects in which I participated in my undergraduate career at Dominican University of California. This group of projects in which I have participated are chronologically arranged, starting with my first project, on breast cancer, and ending with my most recent project, a very different one on theoretical studies of free radicals in clay. The scientific research is varied, but it reflects my changing interests as I have progressed at Dominican. These very different projects have allowed me to grow as a young scientist.

The first chapter is the research paper I completed with Dr. Maggie Louie, Dominican University of California, entitled “Correlation of Hormone Dependent Breast Cancer and Organochloride Pesticides.” This paper delves into the known correlation of breast cancer and pesticides, but takes a deeper look into the specific organochloride pesticides.

The second chapter is entitled “Formation of Free Radicals with Montomorillite” and was computationally conducted research with Dr. Randall Hal, Dominican University of California, in collaboration with Louisiana State University (LSU). In partnership with LSU, this project looks at a clay type Montomorillite and its role in the formation of free radical with a phenoxyl group. This project is still in progress; therefore this chapter mainly consists of introduction and methods because final conclusions cannot yet be drawn.

The insights I have gathered through research have lead me to understand where in the field of chemistry I want to go. Through diverse experiences, I have been able to find the path that is meant for me. Through trial and error, we find our way.

I hope you enjoy reading this as much as I enjoyed both performing the research and writing this thesis.