James V. Virnelli III

James V. Virnelli III
2011
Major: 
Chemistry (ACS)
Minor: 
Mathematics
Hometown: 
Saugus, MA
Activities: 
President for the St. Lawrence University Newman Club, HOPE Festival 2008 & HOPE Festival 2010 Student Coordinator, Assistant Director for The Shape of Things by Neil Labute, Diocesan Representative for the College Campus Ministry, stockroom assistant and Pi Mu Epsilon member.

I was drawn to St. Lawrence University by its small size and welcoming atmosphere. The Johnson Hall of Science was scheduled to open for my first year fall semester, and I knew I wanted to major in Chemistry.

During my four years here, St. Lawrence University has helped my development as a chemist and has expanded my horizons in directions outside of the sciences. I had the opportunity to learn the basics of the tabla with Professor David Henderson, see a play performed in Ottawa as part of my FYS, travel to New York City to see Pope Benedict XVI perform Mass at Yankee Stadium, do undergraduate research with Dr. Samantha Glazier over the summer through the St. Lawrence University Fellows program, and work as Assistant Director with Professor Chris Clarke on a play!

Currently, I am working with Dr. Samantha Glazier to synthesize a novel ruthenium dye for use in a dye-sensitized solar cell. These cells utilize chemical dyes for solar energy conversion, and have become a potential solution to the rapid growth in energy demand.

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