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Emily Vogel

Emily Vogel

Community College: Grand Rapids Community College

Hometown: Sparta, Michigan

High School: Sparta High School

Major at Hope: Chemistry

What do you find exciting or interesting about your major?

I like the creative challenges involved in synthesizing compounds and the entire method development process.  In particular, I like organic chemistry and using analytical instruments for chromatography and spectroscopy.

What are your career plans at this time?

I hope to continue my education into grad school specializing in either analytical or organic chemistry.  Afterwards I plan on researching or entering the industry.  However, I love the learning process so I do not rule out the possibility of teaching.

Describe your summer research project.

My research project explores the biological relationship between fungal endophytes in tall fescue grasses, and is a collaborative effort on behalf of the biology, math, and chemistry departments. As part of the chemistry research we are concerned with extracting and quantifying lolines produce when the plants are grown under varying conditions. Using gas chromatography and mass spectrometry we are able to determine the approximate amount of lolines present in each sample. The second half of our research involves developing a method for the extraction and separation of jasmonic acid and methyl jasmonate from these grasses. We will use both High Performance Liquid Chromatography and Mass spectrometry to quantify both of these substances.

What are some of your favorite activities outside of your school work?

Outside of school my head is pretty much underwater whether it is kayaking, scuba diving, or just maintaining one of my planted aquariums or reefs.  I also work on various film projects when they come about, write/read, and photograph wildlife.  

What were some influences on your decision to attend Hope?

A former professor mentioned Hope to me in one of our many conversations of life after community college.   Initially I was drawn to Hope because of their strong reputation in chemistry, small class sizes, and their excellent undergraduate research program.   It wasn’t until I heard about the S-STEM scholarship that I was financially able to consider the college.