The Reactive Intermediates Student Exchange (RISE) was established in 1995-96 by a group of five chemistry professors at McMaster (Leigh), Dalhousie University (Cozens), and the Universities of Victoria (Bohne), Ottawa (Scaiano), and Waterloo (Barra), in response to a decision by NSERC to cancel its highly-valued Undergraduate Student Research Award program.  Since that inaugural year, more than 30 McMaster Chemistry, Chemical Biology, and Biochemistry students have held national RISE Scholarships, each spending a summer working in a laboratory at one of the other ever-growing number of participating RISE institutions across Canada, and a total of 17 RISE Scholars from other participating universities have spent a summer at McMaster.  NSERC reinstituted the USRA program in 1999, but by then RISE had expanded to 12 member institutions and was fully established. Its members currently include chemists at 17 universities, the Xerox Research Centre of Canada, and the National Research Council of Canada. 

Our 34 McMaster RISE Scholars are listed in chronological order below.



Olga Rinco '97
Chemistry

Investigation of Dynamic Processes in Bile Salt Aggregates

Summer 1996 with Dr. Cornelia Bohne, University of Victoria
RISE Conference: University of Waterloo



Ed Harder '99
Chemistry

Photoreduction of ortho-Quinones and Studies of Calixarane/Quinone Complexation

Summer 1997 with Dr. Monica Barra, University of Waterloo
RISE Conference: Dalhousie University




Vishakha Monga '98
Chemistry

Application of Raman Spectroscopy to Nucleic Acid Structure, Interactions and Photochemistry: Thymine and Thymidine

Summer 1997 with Dr. Glen Loppnow, University of Alberta
RISE Conference: Dalhousie University



Nicole Deschamps '01
Chemistry

Measurement of Acid Diffusion in Thin Polymer Films Using Laser Flash Photolysis

Summer 1998 with Dr. Tito Scaiano, University of Ottawa
RISE Conference: University of Ottawa

 


Aviva Litovitz '00
Chemistry

Reactivity of Substituted Cumyl Cations in Alkali-metal-exchanged Y-Zeolites

Summer 1999 with Dr. Fran Cozens, Dalhousie University
NSERC USRA holder
RISE Conference: University of Alberta

 

  Ivan Piletic '01
Chemistry

Living Free Radical Polymerization Methods

Summer 1999 with Dr. Tito Scaiano, University of Ottawa
NSERC USRA holder
RISE Conference: University of Alberta



Matt Moran '01 '07
Chemistry

The Photochemistry of 2-Benzoyl-2-phenylbicyclo[3.1.0]hexane in the Solid State

Summer 2000 with Dr. John Scheffer, University of British Columbia
NSERC USRA holder
RISE Conference: Concordia University

 

Anna Zavodni '01
Chemistry

Exploring the Vibrational Properties of Ferrocene Derivatives and Parallel Raman Spectroscopy

Summer 2000 with Dr. Glen Loppnow, University of Alberta
NSERC USRA holder
RISE Conference: Concordia University

 


  Raecca Cornejo '02
Chemistry

Antioxidant Mediation through Carbon-Centered Radicals

Summer 2001 with Dr. Tito Scaiano, University of Ottawa
RISE Conference: McMaster University



Tamara Pace '03
Chemistry

Temperature Effects on the Pyrene Complexation to g-Cyclodextrin for Complexes with Multiple Stoichiometries

Summer 2002 with Dr. Cornelia Bohne, University of Victoria
NSERC USRA holder
RISE Conference: University of Toronto

 

  Lauren Scott '04
Chemistry

Ionization of b-Substituted 1,2-Diphenyl Radicals

Summer 2002 with Dr. Fran Cozens, Dalhousie University
NSERC USRA holder
RISE Conference: University of Toronto



Erin Marchington '06
Arts & Science and Chemistry

Development of a Chiral Pyrene Probe to Study the Chiral Discrimination in Host-Guest Complexes

Summer 2003 with Dr. Cornelia Bohne, University of Victoria
NSERC USRA holder
RISE Conference: University of Ottawa

 

  Melissa Street '04 '09
Chemistry

Dependence of Fluorescence Intensity on Tip-Sample Separation in the Near-field Scanning Optical Microscope

Summer 2003 with Dr. Linda Johnston, National Research Council
NRC Summer Student Award holder
RISE Conference: University of Ottawa



  Julie Aaron '05
Chemistry

Photoinduced Electron Transfer Reactions Between Chloranil and 4,4-Dimethoxydiphenylmethane in Zeolite NaY

Summer 2004 with Dr. Fran Cozens, Dalhousie University
NSERC USRA holder
RISE Conference: University of Saskatchewan


  Brett VanVeller '06
Chemistry

Synthesis of the Elusive 5-Deazariboflavin: a Probe for the Study of Electron Transfer Mechanisms

Summer 2004 with Dr. Monica Barra, University of Waterloo
NSERC USRA holder
RISE Conference: University of Saskatchewan



Paul Billone '06
Arts & Science and Chemistry

Fluorescence Quenching of Colloidal Quantum Dots by Paramagnetic Quenchers

Summer 2005 with Dr. Tito Scaiano, University of Ottawa
RISE Conference: Concordia University

 


  Mary Metrie '07
Arts & Science and Chemistry

Glutathione-S-transferase: A Glimpse into its Interaction with Lipid Peroxidation Products

Summer 2005 with Dr. Ann English, Concordia University
NSERC USRA holder
RISE Conference: Concordia University



Svetlana Kostina '08 '14
Chemistry

Photochemical Reactions of Organic Substrates on Monolayer-Protected Gold Nanoparticles

Summer 2006 with Dr. Mark Workentin, University of Western Ontario
RISE Conference: University of Calgary

 



Leah Schmidt '09
Biochemistry

Advances in Cell Membrane Nanopatch Preparation for Receptor-Ligand Assays

Summer 2007 with Dr. David Cramb, University of Calgary
Alberta Heritage Fund Scholar
RISE Conference: University of Western Ontario

 

Fang (Nathan) Yuan '09
Biochemistry

Surface Derivatization of Photochemically Prepared Gold Nanoparticles

Summer 2007 with Dr. Tito Scaiano, University of Ottawa
RISE Conference: University of Western Ontario

 


  Lukas Bebjak '10
Biochemistry

Single Molecule Mechanistic Studies on Polymerase Activity

Summer 2008 with Dr. Gonzalo Cosa, McGill University
NSERC USRA holder
RISE Conference: Acadia University


Margaret Reid '10
Chemistry

Application of Quantum Mechanical Models to Variable-temperature Absorption Spectra of Nickel(II) Complexes

Summer 2008 with Dr. Christian Reber, Universite de Montreal
NSERC USRA holder
RISE Conference: Acadia University

 


Ben Fregeau '10
Chemical Biology

Halo(Pyridinium)Carbenes: Electrophilic Reactive Intermediates

Summer 2009 with Dr. Fran Cozens, Dalhousie University
NSERC USRA holder
RISE Conference: University of Victoria

 

  Dominica Wong '11
Chemistry

Investigation of substituent effects on the photodecarboxylation of phenylacetic acid in aqueous solution

Summer 2009 with Dr. Matt Lukeman, Acadia University
RISE Conference: University of Victoria



Nick McGregor '12
Chemical Biology

Fluorescent Boronic acid-Based Saccharide Sensors

Summer 2010 with Dr. Will Skene, Universite de Montreal
NSERC USRA holder
RISE Conference: McGill University

 

Talena Rambarran '11
Chemistry

Supramolecular Dynamics of Host-Guest Complexes Involving Cucurbit[7]uril

Summer 2010 with Dr. Cornelia Bohne, University of Victoria
NSERC USRA holder
RISE Conference: McGill University

 


  Luise Wolf '14
Chemical Biology


Investigating binding dynamics of guests with cucurbit[n]uril, n = 6,7

Summer 2011 with Dr. Cornelia Bohne, University of Victoria
RISE Conference: University of Regina



  Zach Arnott
Chemistry

Robust Solid Inks

Summer 2012 with Dr. Michelle Chretien, Xerox Research Centre of Canada
RISE Conference: Xerox Research Centre of Canada & McMaster University


  Nora Labbancz '14
Chemistry


Generation of Emissive Species via Nanoparticle Mediated Catalysis

Summer 2012 with Dr. Tito Scaiano, University of Ottawa
RISE Conference: Xerox Research Centre of Canada & McMaster University


  Joanne Tan '14
Chemical Biology


The Influence of Isocyanides on the Reactivity of Digermenes

Summer 2012 with Dr. Kim Baines, Western University
RISE Conference: Xerox Research Centre of Canada & McMaster University



  Peter Cooper '15
Chemistry

Temperature and Pressure-Varied Luminescence Studies of 2 Gold (I) xanthate complexes

Summer 2013 with Dr. Christian Reber, Universite de Montreal
RISE Conference: University of British Columbia


Rebecca DiPucchio '15
iSci & Chemical Biology


Improving Efficiency in Photoredox Catalysis: A Deeper Look Into Sacrificial Donors

Summer 2013 with Dr. Tito Scaiano, University of Ottawa
RISE Conference: University of British Columbia

 

  Sara Stonehouse '15
Chemistry


Curing and Robustness of UV Ink

Summer 2013 with Dr. Geoff Allen, Xerox Research Centre of Canada
RISE Conference: University of British Columbia



Ellen Connelly '16
Chemical Biology


To be announced

Summer 2014 with Dr. Christian Reber, Universite de Montreal
RISE Conference: University of Toronto

 

19 Years of RISE Scholars at McMaster

... and 17 RISE Scholars from elsewhere in Canada have spent a summer in our department, working with Dr. Willie Leigh and his research group. They are listed in chronological order below.

1996 - Martin Byloos
University of Ottawa

Far-UV Nanosecond Laser Flash Photolysis of a Silacyclobutene

RISE Conference: University of Waterloo

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1997 - Michelle Chretien
Dalhousie University

The Chemistry of Reactive Silenes Derived from B-Silylketenes

RISE Conference: Dalhousie University

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  1998 - Jennifer Schmeisser
University of Waterloo

The Photochemistry of Arylmethylsilacyclobutanes

RISE Conference: University of Ottawa


1999 - Robyn Ovans
University of Victoria

The Base-Catalyzed Hydrolysis of 1,1-Diphenylgermene

NSERC USRA holder
RISE Conference: University of Alberta

 

2000 - Sherman Hon
University of British Columbia

The Head-to-Tail [2+2]-Dimerization of Si=C Bonds

NSERC USRA holder
RISE Conference
: Concordia University

 

2001 - Lawrence Huck '10
University of Victoria

The Chemistry of Transient Diarylgermylenes and Tetraaryldigermenes Generated by the Photolysis of 1,1-Diaryl-3,4-dimethylgermacyclopent-3-enes


NSERC USRA holder
RISE Conference
: McMaster University

 

  2002 - Erica Lyn
University of Calgary

An Investigation of the Reactivity of Dimethylgermylene with Alcohols

NSERC USRA holder
RISE Conference
: University of Toronto


  2003 - Bryan Chan
University of British Columbia

The Photochemistry of Diarylgermanium Compounds. Photolysis of Bis(trimethylsilyl)diphenylgermane

NSERC USRA holder
RISE Conference
: University of Ottawa


  2004 - Katie Beleznay
University of Victoria

The Direct Detection of Germylene and Digermene (GeH2 and H2Ge=GeH2) in Solution

NSERC USRA holder
RISE Conference
: University of Saskatchewan


  2005 - Jacklyn McDonald
University of Victoria

Direct Detection of Germylenes and the Kinetic Study of their Reactions with Alcohols and Ethers

RISE Conference: Concordia University


2006 - Mohammad Sharif Askari
Concordia University

Characterization of a Transient Silylene and Silene in Solution by Laser Flash Photolysis of Phenyltris(trimethylsilyl)silane

NSERC USRA holder
RISE Conference
: University of Calgary

 

2007 - John Paul McCool
University of Western Ontario

Organosilicon Reactive Intermediates from Photolysis of Acyclic Trisilanes

RISE Conference: University of Western Ontario

 

  2008 - Ian Duffy '16
University of British Columbia

Photochemical Synthesis and Characterization of an ELectrophilic Germylene by Laser Flash Photolysis of 3,4-Dimethyl-1,1-bis-pentafluorophenylgermacyclopent-3-ene

NSERC USRA holder
RISE Conference
: Acadia University


  2010 - Janet Ochola
Acadia University


Reactions of Diarylgermylenes with Allyl Chloride

RISE Conference: McGill University


  2011 - Laura Smith
McGill University


Stopped-flow Kinetic Studies of the Reactions of Tetramesityldigermene with Alcohols

RISE Conference: University of Regina


2013 - Jordan Walwyn
Western University

Mechanistic Studies of Oxygen Abstraction Reactions of Silylenes with Oxiranes

RISE Conference: University of British Columbia

 


  2014 - Ryan Maar
Western University

An Intramolecular Germylene-Alkene Complex via Sequential Photoextrusion-Hydrogermylation of a Germyacyclopent-3-ene

RISE Conference: University of Toronto



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