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CAMP June Newsletter: Page 6

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CAMP Professor Shipp’s Student Receives Honors

Christy Petruczok discusses her research project with Professor Shipp.

Christy D. Petruczok (a recent Clarkson graduate from Orchard Park, NY, who worked in Professor Devon Shipp’s laboratory) has received many honors. She was awarded the Frederica Clarkson Award during Clarkson University’s 115th commencement ceremony in May, a NSF Graduate Fellowship, and has accepted a Presidential Fellowship at Massachusetts Institute of Technology to pursue a doctoral degree in chemical engineering.

Petruczok began work as an undergraduate researcher in Professor Devon Shipp's research laboratory in 2005. Since that time, her research has focused on the synthesis of novel poly (vinyl acetate) block copolymers. In 2006, she received a Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship for Excellence in Education for her honors thesis proposal of this work.

In addition, she received an award for the presentation of her completed thesis at the 235th national meeting of the American Chemical Society, held in New Orleans during April 2008. She won the best oral paper award in the Meeting’s Undergraduate Research in Polymer Science Symposium.  Her paper was titled "Novel Synthesis of Poly(tert-Butyl Acrylate-Block-Vinyl Acetate) Copolymers"
(authors: C. D. Petruczok, R. F. Barlow, and D. A. Shipp).  Also it was published in preprint form by the ACS (Am. Chem. Soc., Polym. Prepr. 2008, 49(1), 1136-1137).  

CAMP Professor Dhaniyala’s Student Named a Goldwater Scholar

Sayuri Yapa (a junior majoring in mechanical engineering from Hannawa Falls, NY) has been awarded a Goldwater Scholarship. Clarkson Junior Ryan T. Watkins also received this award at the same time. Sayuri is working with Professor Suresh Dhaniyala to carry out research in aerosol sampling technology for her Honors undergraduate thesis.  Her project involves a technique called Differential Mobility Analysis (DMA), which uses the balance of electric field and particle drag to size-select particles. Sayuri is investigating a new type of DMA that has been developed in Professor Dhaniyala’s laboratory. Its improved performance has been demonstrated theoretically, but not yet experimentally. She is also working on advanced inversion algorithms that accurately account for particle and flow non-idealities in the instrument.


Sayuri Yapa works with Professor Dhaniyala to carry out research involving aerosol sampling technology.

The Goldwater Foundation is a federally endowed agency established in 1986. The scholarship program honoring Senator Barry M. Goldwater was designed to foster and encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences, and engineering.