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Westminster College Senior Wins Award at Analytical Chemistry Conference

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Posted on Monday, December 5, 2016

Senior chemistry major, Christopher Caroff, was one of four undergraduate students to be awarded the 2016 EAS Student Research Award at the Eastern Analytical Symposium (EAS) on Nov. 15 in Somerset, NJ.

Caroff was nominated by Dr. Helen Boylan, professor of chemistry, for his undergraduate research experience with spectroscopy, chemometrics, and nuclear chemistry. Caroff has conducted undergraduate research with Boylan on utilizing advanced statistical methods to analyze complex chemical data sets.

As an award winner at EAS, Caroff presented his research during the award poster session. His work, “Creation of a 113Sn/113mIn Generator System Utilizing Polymeric Solid Supports,” was research he completed with Dr. Jonathan Fitzsimmons and Ali Younes at Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York.

Caroff spent two summers at Brookhaven National Laboratory where he studied and did research on nuclear chemistry. He plans to pursue a Ph.D. in nuclear chemistry following graduation.

“I’m very honored to have received this award and am extremely grateful for my education at Westminster as it has given me so many great opportunities such as this,” said Caroff.

Christopher is the son of George Caroff and Kimberlie Bolinger from Indiana, PA.

For more information, contact Boylan at or 724-946-6293.