Department of Chemistry Academic Year 2008-09 News

2009 graduates

The Department of Chemistry cheers and applauds our 2009 graduates.

The following students graduated on May 10th, 2009.The degree awarded was a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry (BS CHEM) or a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry with the Forensics Option (BS CHEM FORENSICS).

  • Jeanine Carney, BS CHEM FORENSICS
  • Jennifer Christie, BS CHEM FORENSICS
  • Ra'Anaa Davis, BS CHEM
  • Aluko Gift, BS CHEM
  • Tejon Lewis, BS CHEM FORENSICS
  • Eric Ruff, BS CHEM
  • Chalsey Symonds, BS CHEM FORENSICS
  • Trevon Swain, BS CHEM
  • Lauren Townes, BS CHEM
  • TaQuasha Wallace, BS CHEM
  • Isa Watson, BS CHEM
  • Kashif Winston, BS CHEM

Post Graduation Plans: Isa Watson is headed to Cornell University to study toxicology. Jennifer Christie and Lauren Townes will be attending UNC Chapel Hill Medical School.

New Degree Progam in Biochemistry

Starting in the Fall of 2009, the Department of Chemistry will begin offering a B.S. degree in Biochemistry.The B.S. degree in Biochemistry will expand the career options and opportunities for chemistry and other students interested in biomedical research, education, industry and health-related professions. In the past ten years, more than 80% of Hampton University chemistry graduates have pursued postgraduate training in graduate school or medical professional schools. The expectations are that as the fields of molecular and cell biology continue to integrate the sciences of immunochemistry, neurochemistry, and bioorganic, bioinorganic and biophysical chemistry, our students will continue to express a strong interest in these expanding career options. Incoming freshman and other interested students should contact Dr. Isai Urasa at or call 757-727-5396 for more information.

High School Day

On April 3, 2009, Drs. Hatch and Waddell met with high school students who were visiting campus as a part of the 31st annual High School Day. Dr. Bump had prepared an informational CD that was available for the students and the CD was a "sellout". With the increased interest in forensic chemistry, we look to see more students choosing Chemistry as a major.

New Administrative Assistant

Mrs. Christine Foulcard joined the Department of Chemistry on April 1st, 2009. She comes to Hampton having worked recently at Cambridge University in England. We welcome her to "our home by the sea".

Department of Chemistry Annual Dinner

The Department of Chemistry's Annual Dinner was held on December 5, 2008 in the Student Lounge. The event was well attended as everyone looked forward to sampling the various foods and desserts. Dr. Urasa presented a recap of the departmental activities and highlighted student accomplishments.

The food is served. Reflections
Dinner In the Student Lounge Awards

Undergraduate Research

Several students presented their research at a 11th annual Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Chemical and Biological Sciences at University of Maryland, Baltimore County.The Symposium was held October 11, 2008 and was sponsored by the National Institutues of Health (NIGMS).

Group Picture Poster session
Poster session Poster session

The research presented included a study of prostate cancer receptors, a study of the antiviral activity of fungus and environmental studies of waste stabilization ponds.

Several Chemistry majors also made presentations at the Hampton University School of Science 14th annual Research Day Symposium.

HU Research Day Hu Research Day School of Science Research Day

NMR Update:

Students taking Organic Chemistry during the Spring 2009 semester were introduced to the new JEOL NMR facility where they learned NMR Spectometry and how to process NMR data and spectra using Delta software. Below are some pictures of the laboratory exercise.

Students learning to use the software Automatic Sample Changer
Drs. Bump and Ndip working in the Computer LAb Handling Samples


As always, we look forward to hearing from alumni and hope that everyone is doing well. Don't hesitate to contact us.