January 2021

I am Souvik. I am from Tamluk, west Bengal in INDIA. I did my bachelors with Chemistry as the major from Midnapore College (Autonomous). I have completed my MS from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. During my masters, I did research on transition metal catalyzed C-H activation reactions under the supervision of Dr. Chandra M.R. Volla. I really enjoy my free time playing Cricket and watching football matches, particularly I am very much passionate about indian football. And I also like to gossip with friends in common tea stalls. I love to eat. My favorite Indian dish is “Chicken Biryani”.

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but building the new.”- Socrates

January 2021

Phillip was born in Kissimmee, FL but he spent most of his life in Alma, AR. He got his B.A. in chemistry at Hendrix College in Conway, AR. His undergraduate research was performed under the direction of Dr. Heidi Dahlmann. His initial work in the Brown group will be focused on nickel catalyzed arylboration of alkenes. Since he moved to Bloomington, he likes trying out the local breweries and the occasional bike ride.

“The beauty of chemistry is that I can design my own molecular world.” -Ben L. Feringa
“Every kid has a talent that we should encourage.” -Ben L. Feringa

January 2021

David was born in Indianapolis, Indiana and grew up in Freeport, Grand Bahama, The Bahamas. In 2019, he earned his B.S. in Biochemistry from Taylor University, and did research under Dr. Daniel King and Dr. Vincent Sichula. During his undergraduate years he was a part of the American Chemical Society’s Local University Chapter and the International Students Society. Working in both the Brown group and the Van Kessel Group, David works on synthesizing sulfonamides and other drug candidates and testing them on Vibrio bacteria to study the effects on quorum sensing pathways in those bacteria.

“Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, but learning to dance in the rain.”-V. Greene