Steven Schill is completing his second year with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Scholars Program, and will finish the program in fall 2011 with his undergraduate thesis presentation. Steven will also graduate in fall 2011, Cum Laude with University Honors with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and a minor in Mathematics.

Steven began his undergraduate research at California State University Fullerton, under the supervision of Dr. Paula K. Hudson, through participation in the Research Experience for Undergraduates (NSF-REU) Program, supported by the National Science Foundation. Steven has presented his research on analytical techniques for examining aerosol water uptake and global climate change at numerous conferences and competitions across the country. As a participant in the Environmental Science Research in Thailand (ESRT) Program in January 2011, he traveled to Chiang Mai Rajubhat University in Chiang Mai, Thailand to study air pollution, and legal implications for air quality regulation, under the supervision of Drs. Richard Deming and Narongpan Chunram. In summer 2011, Steven conducted research on spectroscopic analysis and ice nucleation of various aerosol nanoparticles in a chemical engineering laboratory at The Ohio State University, under the supervision of Dr. Barbara Wyslouzil.

Steven has served as President of the CSUF Chemistry and Biochemistry Club and currently serves as Vice President/Director of Finance of the Honors Student Activities Council. He has completed the CSUF University Honors Program, and remains an active member of Associated Students Incorporated in serving his third term on the University Honors Board and Curriculum Committee. He is also a member of numerous academic honors societies including the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and the Golden Key International Honor Society.

After graduation, Steven plans to attend graduate school to pursue a Ph.D. in Analytical/Physical Chemistry or Chemical Engineering. After obtaining his Ph.D. he plans to enter the chemical industry or begin his career as a professor.

Update: In Fall 2012, Steven will begin a PhD program in Atmospheric Chemistry at UCSD.

Recent Presentations

American Chemical Society, Spring National Meeting
Oral Presentation: "A comparison of complementary techniques for water uptake studies of atmospheric aerosol"
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA. March, 2011.

American Chemical Society, Fall National Meeting
Oral Presentation: "Monitoring particle phase transitions with a quartz crystal microbalance"
Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Boston, MA. August, 2010.

California State University Student Research Competition – Finalist
Oral Presentation: "Examining surface area contact effects on a quartz crystal microbalance"
San José State University, San José, CA. April, 2010.

American Chemical Society, Spring National Meeting
Poster presentation: "Examining surface area contact effects with a humidified quartz crystal microbalance"
Moscone Convention Center, San Francisco, CA. March, 2010.

Recent Awards

Undergraduate Achievement Award in Analytical Chemistry
California State University, Fullerton (Spring 2011)

Lyle Wallace Service Award
California State University, Fullerton (Spring 2011)

I.M. Kolthoff Award in Analytical Chemistry
American Chemical Society, Division of Analytical Chemistry (Spring 2010)