Free Radicals Presents: Research 101

Hey everyone! Listen up.

If you missed our first event (we tie-dyed lab coats), we are kicking off the 2014-15 school year with an Orientation to Free Radicals & PLU, and an introduction to finding research opportunities while at UW. Whether you are a biochemist, chemist, or a person interested in STEM research, come and join us as we briefly cover how to discover, approach, and join a research laboratory.

So come on over to the HUB (stay updated for the room number) at 6-7pm on TUESDAY October 14th, 2014.
See you there!

-Your friendly FR/PLU officers

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Welcome to the 2013-2014 School Year!


We’re so excited for this new academic year and the future of Free Radicals/PLU! We have a team of six amazing new officers and a great group of new members who all seem really excited to reinvigorate the club and make it the best that it can be.

Some news:

The new officers for the 2013-2014 school year are:

  • Michelle La: President
    Class: Senior
    Majors: Neurobiology, Biochemistry
  • Jessica Hui – VP Internal Affairs
    Class: Senior
    Majors: Neurobiology, Biochemistry
  • Ho-young Lee – VP External Affairs
    Class: Sophomore
    Major: Biochemistry
  • Dylan Marshall – Treasurer
    Class: Junior
    Major: Biochemistry
  • Ning Luo – Secretary
    Class: Junior
    Major: Chemical Engineering
  • Angel Burford – Webmaster/Social Media
    Class: Junior
    Majors: Biochemistry, Chemistry

This past month we had our first official Free Radicals meeting of the new year. The officers were able to introduce themselves, and members were able to socialize and meet each other. There were also three TA guest speakers, who shared their personal experiences in choosing their majors along with some pros and cons of going to graduate school.

We are also hosting an event in conjunction with the UW chemistry advisors to welcome new Biochemistry/Chemistry majors to the department! The event will be November 20th from 5:30PM-6:30PM in Chemistry Building Room 102. Food will be served, and this will be a great time to mingle with professors, advisors, and fellow students within the department. If you’re interested in attending and you are a new biochemistry/chemistry major as of this November, you should have been emailed a catalyst survey with which to RSVP. In addition, please RSVP at the Facebook event here:

Please like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and join our Facebook group  for future updates! We hope to see you at our future events!

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Welcome the New Officers

Congratulations to the new officers for 2012-2013! The officer positions for next year are filled as follows:

PLU President -  Alex Vaschillo
PLU Vice President -  Marian J Dobles
FR President -  Viren Govindaraju
FR Vice President -  Julia Dumesh
Secretary/Webmaster  -  Ryu Arvin Sato
Treasurer -  Joanne Hsu

Join us in congratulating these new officers!

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Teaching Awards

Congrats to our 2011-2012 teaching award winners

Professor of Chemistry Forrest Michael


Chemistry TA Bo Zhao

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Apply to be an Officer!

Time for Free Radicals/PLU elections! All you have to do to apply is send us an email radicals ( at ) with your name, year, and a paragraph about yourself and why you want to become an officer. The deadline for applications is ****FRIDAY MAY 4.****

*Phi Lambda Upsilon President – Chairs all club meetings, assigns club responsibilities, and signs legal club documents. Oversees basic operations of club with Free Radicals President.
*Phi Lambda Upsilon Vice President – Assumes responsibilities of PLU President in absence of PLU President. Also assumes duties of membership coordinator for PLU.
*Free Radicals President – Represents Free Radicals members’ interests and manages club administration with PLU President.
*Free Radicals Vice President – Assumes responsibilities of Free Radicals President in absence of Free Radicals President. Also assumes the duties of membership coordinator for Free Radicals.
*Secretary – Keeps minutes and records of all club meetings and maintains a club roster. Takes photographs and documents all events.
*Treasurer – Responsible for club’s finances and approving expenditures.
*Web Master – Maintains club website.

This is a great opportunity to gain leadership experience, and no prior experience is required!  To run for a President or Vice President position you must be a member of the club designated. All other postitions are available to both PLU and Free Radicals members. PLU and Free Radicals are joint clubs, so all officers will work together despite different club assignations.

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Research Panel Info

Thanks to everyone who came to check out the research panel! We hope it helped you get a better understanding for the research opportunities out there.

Here’s info about the professors who presented if you want to get in contact with them:

Munira Khalil:

Ted Young:

AJ Boydston:

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