Jackson Wiley is one of our Undergraduates of the Quarter in
for Spring 2019 and we couldn’t be prouder. Jackson grew up in Medford in
Southern Oregon, attending North Medford High School. It was during his Junior
year there that he took AP Chemistry and found a new passion. His teacher
instilled an enthusiasm in his class and, coupled with his skill in Math, it
set the course for his college career.
While originally he wanted to explore a number of interesting and far away campuses, when he stopped by OSU for a visit he immediately fell in love. He had heard about the amazing research the university is well known for and knew this was the place he wanted to be.
It was those opportunities that he first heard about during his Freshman year that got him into Staci Simonich’s research group. When he’d learned about undergraduate research opportunities, he began exploring the listings to find something that caught his interest.
Staci’s group was working in environmental chemistry and toxicology, topics which Jackson was very interested in. After contacting Staci, they exchanged a few more emails and he was welcomed into the research group.
After graduation, Jackson knew he wanted to get into grad
school. While he finalizes his plans, he is currently looking into a handful of
schools to pursue Astrochemistry. This field is the crossroads of Astronomy and
Chemistry, studying the effects of chemicals and materials in extraterrestrial
environments. As the field often deals with poly-cyclic aromatic hydrocarbons,
the very chemicals he’s currently studying in his research group, it seemed
like an excellent fit. We hope it continues to fuel his passion in chemistry!
When not at school, he follows his native Oregonian roots and enjoys exploring and hiking through nature. He’s also found of video games, fitting in some time between study sessions and school work. His favorite book is 2001: A Space Odyssey, and his favorite food is sushi. Yum!
We wish all the best to Jackson from OSU to beyond!
Linus Yunitan has been named one the Undergraduates of the Quarter for Spring 2019.
From Portland, Oregon and an alumna of Lincoln High School, Linus had taken IB examinations that gave him the option to either take honors general chemistry or go straight into organic chemistry his first term at Oregon State. Although he decided to pursue the organic chemistry course, he became interested in Dr. Remcho’s work after reading through various group papers. After going to his office hours and expressing his interest, Dr. Remcho invited him to come observe a group meeting. Linus is now working with Dr. Remcho to develop microfluidic devices for medical diagnostics.
Linus explained he loves chemistry because to him, chemistry felt like the “Goldilocks of the sciences.” He described how chemistry had the best of both worlds, with the rich physical application of biology and logical mathematical structure of physics.
In addition to classes and his work in research, Linus worked as a peer advisor for the College of Science over the summer and is a member of the unicycle club. He also was a member of his high school marching band but after graduation, was not certain continuing would be an option in college. While touring Oregon State and first seeing Reser Stadium, he could not resist joining the band. For Linus, marching band became a major factor in his decision to attend Oregon State. Since then, he has earned a role as the drum major.
We are delighted to name Linus an Undergraduate of the Quarter for Spring 2019. After graduation, Linus hopes to attend medical school and work as a physician in Oregon. We wish him the best in his future endeavors and are excited to see what he accomplishes.
Tanner Aldous has been named one of the Fall 2018 Undergraduates of the Quarter, and we couldn’t be more pleased. Tanner grew up in Drain, Oregon, where his North Douglas High School graduating class was no larger than twenty students. Relative to Drain, Corvallis was a big move for Tanner. He was happy that Oregon State University was in a bigger town, but still felt small like his home town.
Tanner wanted to pursue chemistry because of the great influence from his high school chemistry teacher, and because he knew he wanted to stay in Oregon for college, OSU was the school of choice. Oregon State University seemed to choose Tanner, rather than the other way around. The campus in the fall with the leaves changing colors, was something that the other Oregon institutions couldn’t compare to.
An interest in the medical field combined with a passion for chemistry made it so Tanner’s major choice was pretty simple: Chemistry with a Premed option. Once graduated, Tanner plans to go to medical school.
Currently, Tanner is working in Dr. Burrow’s lab. He got
started in this lab by asking professors if they had any openings in their lab,
because he wanted to see if research was something he would be interested in. Now,
Tanner is working with nanoparticles, specifically nanostars. He aids a
graduate student, Lixia, by making nanostars from nanoseeds. He also performs
data collection and analysis for this project.
Outside of school, Tanner likes to hang out with friends,
and get to know new people, especially if they are also chemistry students. He
finds collaboration on school work to help transition into friendships. He is
also a part of the professional chemistry fraternity Alpha Chi Sigma. The
fraternity is fairly small right now, but Tanner hopes to see it grow by the
end of his time at Oregon State.
Yitong Qi has been named undergraduate of the quarter for
fall term 2018, and we are so pleased.
Yitong grew up in Xi’an, the capital city of the Saanxi
Province in China. He then moved to Salem where he attended Sprague High
An initial interest in sustainable energy and materials
drove Yitong to pursue Chemical Engineering in his undergraduate work. He
discovered that engineering was less about the materials than the process, and
decided to switch to Chemistry to work first hand with the chemicals. He found research
interest after joining Dr. Ji’s lab, where he works with graduate students and
post docs on projects related to battery materials. Projects in the lab involve
making and applying carbon materials to battery use and the chemistry behind
In his spare time, Yitong enjoys watching movies, hearing
stories, and eating guacamole.
After graduating from Oregon State University, Yitong plans
to attend graduate school.
Students like Yitong are just some of the reasons were so
proud of our Undergraduate Majors. We
wish him great success in his future endeavors.