Samantha Soprano is a Chemistry major and a Math minor from Jackson, New Jersey. She presented her research findings at this year’s CURSCA (Celebration of Undergraduate Research Scholarly Creative Achievement), where she tested craft beer samples from local breweries. Using two techniques, Samantha was able to identify volatile substances, which are responsible for the unique taste and smell of the beer that brewers can use to compare future batches to see if they are reproducible.
How did you know Marist was right for you?
The school was small enough that I knew I wouldn’t feel lost or be a face in the crowd but offered amazing opportunities and global outreach that is usually associated with bigger schools. Marist had everything I was looking for!
What sparked your interest in participating in CURSCA?
I thought CURSCA would be a great opportunity to present my research to my peers here at Marist. I have presented my project at a few conferences previously, once at Pittcon (Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy), which was held in Atlanta Georgia this past March, and the ACS URS (American Chemical Society Undergraduate Research Symposium).
How do you feel CURSCA is beneficial to students?
CURSCA allows the community to see what everyone is working on! It’s really great to see the projects from other departments as well. Marist has so many research opportunities for students, and it definitely something we should celebrate.
Any advice for incoming freshmen?
My advice for incoming freshman would be to take advantage of everything Marist has to offer. Whether its theater, club sports, or research that you are interested in Marist has a place for everyone and that is why I have loved it so much over the past four years.
Written by Emily Belfiore '16
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Academic School: Science
Campus: New York