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Alejandro Beltran '17

Miami, Florida

Major in Chemistry, Minor in Biochemistry

Alejandro conducted organic chemistry research at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

Alejandro Beltran worked as a student researcher at the University of Michgan.

Describe your summer internship experience.

I heard about the internship at the University of Michigan through the McNair program. My research involved optimizing a new reaction, using palladium as a catalyst to make compounds that can be use as scaffolds for different drugs that range from antimalarial to anti-HIV such as Indinavir (Crixivan®).

The experience also involved preparation for graduate school, with a GRE class and seminars on how to be a better candidate. At the end of the program, there was a symposium where we got to present our research. My work will contribute to a publication early next year, and I will also be getting a letter of recommendation from the faculty whom I did research under.

How has Knox prepared you for this research experience?

All of the professors in the Knox College chemistry department trained me one way or another for this program, including the inorganic chemistry research done under Thomas Clayton in summer 2015. I also took a course called Advanced Synthesis Laboratory, taught by Diana Cermak and Helen Hoyt that revolved around common techniques one would experience as a graduate student.

How do you see this experience having an impact on your future plans?

My short-term plan is to do an Honors project and go to graduate school for chemistry with my top choice being the University of Michigan. This experience helped me network with professors and graduate students, amongst others.

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