NMR Spectroscopy in the Netherlands

Jacob Nagy '12

Hometown:  Belle Vernon, PA
Major:  Chemistry & English

Magellan Project Description 
My Magellan Project gave me the opportunity to study single crystal solid state NMR spectroscopy at Radboud University.  I was able to work for 8 weeks at Radboud’s state of the art NMR facility under the supervision of Dr. Arno Kentgens, a well-known and revered mind in the field.  Specifically, my project dealt with studying the orientational dependence of chemical shift anisotropy values in model silicon compounds.

How will your Magellan Project help with your plans after graduation?
Given my plans to attend graduate school and study organic chemistry, my Magellan experience will help distinguish me from other undergraduate students in the highly competitive graduate school application process.  Also, studying NMR spectroscopy for an entire summer has supplied me with research skills that are valuable and will prove useful as I further pursue a career in chemistry.

Mario Nigro '12

Hometown: Canfield, Ohio
Majors: Chemistry and Philosophy
Pre-Professional Program:  Pre-Health

Magellan Project Description:
I received Magellan funding to spend 8 weeks working on a biophysical chemistry project at Radboud University in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. My research focused on an enzyme known as cytochrome P450, which catalyzes the oxidation of organic compounds. The goal of my project was to prepare samples of the protein for structural studies using nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy.

How will your Magellan Project help with your plans after graduation?
After graduating from Washington & Jefferson College I plan to attend medical school to pursue a career as a medical researcher. The funding I received from the Magellan Project provided me with a unique opportunity to gain international research experience, which will be valuable for my future career.