It’s been an incredible, fun and productive summer! I just finished my medicinal chemistry research in the lab about a week ago, but have managed to get a little bit of work done on the Chemistry floor even during the downtime. I’m also really excited to have everyone come back to campus, and that’s starting now! The incoming students arrive today! A huge, warm welcome to all the newcomers to our Franciscan family.
For my fellow science students, and especially those just coming in, get ready! Speaking from experience, I would recommend getting as focused as possible, as quickly as you can. As incredible and life giving as Franciscan’s atmosphere and community is, the reason we are here is to be students, striving to learn the inner workings of how God put this world together. Franciscan’s academic side is no joke, so take it seriously. If you don’t put forward the effort and time, you will be “awarded” appropriately. I am excited to get back in the classroom, and I look forward to some study sessions with new (and past!) study buddies.
The labs have been thoroughly cleaned and prepped for all the new classes. Personally, I’ve spent a good chunk of time, as the lead researcher, prepping the two “hoods” in the Organic Chemistry lab that are devoted to FIWH’s research with AbbVie. The glassware is clean and put away, the spatulas and filters are where they should be, and the chemicals have all been restocked. It’s a good feeling, and you know you’re a science nerd when you get excited about this kind of thing. I’ve also ordered all my books for my classes, and I am mentally preparing myself to dive back into it all next week.
At the moment, I’m also finishing up some last minute paperwork to get the compounds I helped synthesize off for shipment to AbbVie so they can be worked on a little further. The scientists at AbbVie will do a couple additional experiments on the material I helped make, and then they get sent off to be tested against tuberculosis! Fingers crossed! It’s easy to take the awesome privilege of doing medicinal chemistry for granted… I get to do it just about every day, and it’s easy to just get into your workflow. But, in attempt to take a step back for a moment, how many other students across the country get to work on a potential drug therapy for people dying from drug resistant strains of tuberculosis? Honestly, I’m not really sure, but I know it’s not very many.
Franciscan has provided this opportunity for me, and all praise be to God.
My name is Matt Stewart and I’m a chemistry student. I’m excited to be a student blogger representing the sciences at Franciscan University of Steubenville for this next academic year. Franciscan has provided some pretty incredible opportunities for me the past couple years. I am excited to see what God does with our work, and I look forward to sharing more and keeping you updated.