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Student Research

All students conduct at least one independent research project under faculty supervision and many present their results at venues external to Marist. Our students co-author publications in prestigious journals and win awards at regional and national conferences. The most recent American Chemical Society evaluation of our department characterized our student research reports as "excellent."

Recent Publications

(Marist undergraduates in bold)


Mandigo, A. C., DiScenza, D. J., Keimowitz, A. R., and Fitzgerald, N. “Chemical Contamination of Soils in the New York City Area Following Hurricane Sandy.” Environmental Geochemistry and Health 38 (2016): 1115-1124.

Johnson, S. R., Soprano, S. E., Wickham, L. M., Fitzgerald, N., and Edwards, J. C. “Nuclear Magnetic Resonance and Headspace Solid-Phase Microextraction Gas Chromatography as Complementary Methods for the Analysis of Beer Samples.” Beverages 3, no. 2 (2017): 21.

Mazelin, C., Vose, J. C., Kepner, R., L., and Fitzgerald, N. "Headspace Solid-Phase Microextraction GCMS as a Potential In-Situ Method for the Early Detection of Fusarium Head Blight in Barley." Journal of the American Society of Brewing Chemists, 78, no. 3 (2020): 202-206.



Laconsay, C. J., James, A. M., and Galbraith, J. M. “Effect of Lone Pairs on Molecular Resonance Energy.” The Journal of Physical Chemistry A 120, no. 42 (2016): 8430-8434.

James, A. M., Laconsay, C. J., and Galbraith, J. M. “Charge-Shift Corrected Electronegativities and the Effect of Bond Polarity and Substituents on Covalent–Ionic Resonance Energy.” The Journal of Physical Chemistry A 121, no. 27 (2017): 5190-5195.

Laconsay, C. J. and Galbraith, J. M. “A Valence Bond Theory Treatment of Tetrel Bonding Interactions.” Computational and Theoretical Chemistry 1116 (2017): 202-206.

Nemes, C. T., Laconsay, C. J., and Galbraith, J. M. "Hydrogen Bonding from a Valence Theory Perspective: The Role of Covalency" Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 20 (2018): 20963-20969.

Shaik, S., Danovich, D., Galbraith, J. M., Braida, B., Wu, W., and Hiberty, P. C. "Charge-Shift Bonding: A New and Unique Form of Bonding." Angewandte Chemie International Edition 59 (2020): 984-1001.



DeBlase, C. R., Finke, R. T., Porras, J. A., Tanski, J. M., and Nadeau, J. M. “C-Shaped Diastereomers Containing Cofacial Thiophene-Substituted Quinoxaline Rings: Synthesis, Photophysical Properties, and X-Ray Crystallography.” Journal of Organic Chemistry 79, no. 10 (2014): 4312-4321.

Ciufo, R. A., Kreinbihl, J. J., Johnson, S. R., and Nadeau, J. M. “Synthesis and Spectroscopic Studies of Highly Fluorescent, Solvatochromic Diastereomers with Differentially Stacked Bithiophene-Substituted Quinoxaline Rings.” Tetrahedron 73, no. 1 (2017): 30-38.

Wickham, L. M., Tanski, J. M., Nadeau, J. M. “Crystal Structure of a Fluorescent C-shaped Molecule Containing Closely Stacked Bithiophene-Substituted Quinoxaline Rings.” Acta Crystallographica Section C: Structural Chemistry 73, no. 3 (2017): 276-279.



Woolridge, E. M. “Mixed Enzyme Systems for Delignification of Lignocellulosic Biomass.” Catalysts 4, no. 1 (2014): 1-35.

Badon, M. M., Tekverk, D. G., Vishnosky, N. S., and Woolridge, E. M. "Establishing the Oxidative Tolerance of Thermomyces Ianuginosus Xylanase" Journal of Applied Microbiology 127, no. 2 (2019): 508-519.