Barry McNamara  |   Published August 30, 2016

Folluo goes nuclear

Summer research experience leads senior to pursue nuclear chemistry
  • Summer research experience has led Carley Folluo ’17 to pursue nuclear chemistry.
Monmouth College student Carley Folluo made an important decision while participating in a prestigious summer research program at the Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, N.Y.

The senior from Davenport, Iowa, concluded that she will pursue graduate studies that combine her chemistry major and physics minor.

One of four Monmouth chemistry majors to study off campus during the summer, Folluo attended classes for credit at Brookhaven, offered by nearby Stony Brook University. She took four exams and conducted eight labs during the six-week program.

“Nuclear chemistry was my favorite part of inorganic chemistry,” she said. “After doing this program, I decided I wanted to change from getting my doctorate in inorganic chemistry to pursuing nuclear chemistry.”

A possible outcome for Folluo is the field of nuclear forensics.

“I think that would be really fascinating,” she said. “For example, the origin of a sample of uranium can be determined based off the fingerprint trace of elements from the geological region in which it was mined.”

During what will be a very busy final year at Monmouth, Folluo will apply to graduate schools, continue her current cataract research with Associate Professor of Chemistry Brad Sturgeon and start a nuclear physics project with Professor Chris Fasano.

Sturgeon was not surprised that Folluo was selected for what he called a “very competitive off-campus summer research experience.”

“Carley is academically strong and well-prepared for an opportunity like Brookhaven,” Sturgeon said. “She has been involved with SOFIA (Summer Opportunity for Intellectual Activity), chemistry research during the academic year and the Kieft summer research program.”

Folluo’s cataract research has involved the use of gel electrophoresis, which determines the protein content of the eye lens. It also involves working with free radicals, which has applications in medical research.

“Free radicals have a lone electron, and a lot of the chemistry will take place on the part of the molecule where it is found,” she said. “The free radical reacts with the eye lens protein, and that’s the cause of cataracts proposed in our project.”

At Brookhaven, Folluo worked with radio isotopes, isolating the daughter isotope from the parent, which can also be used for medical research. Among the new research tools she learned were positron emission tomography scanning, an imaging test that allows physicians to check for diseases, and new uses of column chromatography, a method used to purify individual chemical compounds from mixtures of compounds.
Back to News & Events

Did you know?

  • <aside class="factoid-item"><div class="factoid-item-text"><p> Monmouth College is the birthplace of the women’s fraternity movement. Kappa Kappa Gamma and Pi Beta Phi, two of the oldest sororities, were founded at Monmouth in the 1860’s. </p></div><div class="factoid-item-links"><ul><li class="lw_related_page"><a href="/student-life/sororities-fraternities/" target="_blank">Sororities & Fraternities</a></li></ul></div></aside>
  • <aside class="factoid-item"><div class="factoid-item-text"><p> 98% of Monmouth graduates were employed or enrolled in graduate school within six months of graduation.</p></div><div class="factoid-item-links"><ul><li class="lw_related_page"><a href="/wackerle-center/career-services/" target="_blank">Career Services</a></li></ul></div></aside>
  • <aside class="factoid-item"><div class="factoid-item-text"><p> Monmouth College is proudly test optional. Applicants may choose whether or to submit SAT or ACT scores for admission and scholarship consideration. </p></div><div class="factoid-item-links"><ul><li class="lw_related_page"><a href="/admission/apply/test-optional/" target="_blank">Test Optional</a></li></ul></div></aside>
  • <aside class="factoid-item"><div class="factoid-item-text"><p> Monmouth College covers the cost for all current students to get a U.S. passport. Unlock access to over 198 different countries! We’ll even help with the paperwork :)</p></div><div class="factoid-item-links"><ul><li class="lw_related_page"><a href="/academics/study-abroad/" target="_blank">Study Abroad</a></li></ul></div></aside>
  • <aside class="factoid-item"><div class="factoid-item-text"><p> 99% of Monmouth students received some type of scholarship or financial assistance.</p></div><div class="factoid-item-links"><ul><li class="lw_related_page"><a href="/offices/student-financial-planning/types-of-aid/scholarships/" target="_blank">Scholarships</a></li></ul></div></aside>
  • <aside class="factoid-item"><div class="factoid-item-text"><p> Monmouth College offers unique academic minors in Global Public Health and Global Food Security for students who want to use their education to address global challenges. </p></div><div class="factoid-item-links"><ul><li class="lw_related_page"><a href="/academics/global-public-health/" target="_blank">Global Public Health</a></li><li class="lw_related_page"><a href="/academics/global-food-security/" target="_blank">Global Food Security</a></li></ul></div></aside>
  • <aside class="factoid-item"><div class="factoid-item-text"><p> Monmouth College offers several international trips each year during 2-week Scots Terms in January and May. Recently students have traveled to Botswana, Greece, Scotland, Japan, and more. </p></div><div class="factoid-item-links"><ul><li class="lw_related_urls"><a href="" target="_blank">Scots Term</a></li></ul></div></aside>
  • <aside class="factoid-item"><div class="factoid-item-text"><p> While we have the Wells Theater on campus, the Theatre department also uses the block-box auditorium Fusion Theatre downtown Monmouth.</p></div><div class="factoid-item-links"><ul><li class="lw_related_page"><a href="/academics/theatre/" target="_blank">Theatre</a></li></ul></div></aside>
  • <aside class="factoid-item"><div class="factoid-item-text"><p> Monmouth College has an educational garden and 6.7 acre farm. Students grow and harvest fruits and vegetables to sell at the local farmer’s market. </p></div><div class="factoid-item-links"><ul><li class="lw_related_urls"><a href="" target="_blank">Garden & Farm</a></li></ul></div></aside>
  • <aside class="factoid-item"><div class="factoid-item-text"><p> We offer a certified Peace Corps Preparation program that gives Peace Corps bound graduates a leg up in the application process.</p></div><div class="factoid-item-links"><ul><li class="lw_related_page"><a href="/academics/peace-corps-prep/" target="_blank">Peace Corps Prep</a></li></ul></div></aside>
  • <aside class="factoid-item"><div class="factoid-item-text"><p> We’re no stranger to winning. Last year the Fighting Scots won Midwest Conference championships in Football, Women’s Soccer, Women’s Basketball and Men’s Track and Field. </p></div><div class="factoid-item-links"><ul><li class="lw_related_urls"><a href="" target="_blank">Fighting Scots</a></li></ul></div></aside>
  • <aside class="factoid-item"><div class="factoid-item-text"><p> Monmouth College has an active Pipe & Drum Band. Each year on Scholar’s Day in April the bagpipers wake students up at 6:00 a.m. by playing in the residence halls!</p></div><div class="factoid-item-links"><ul><li class="lw_related_page"><a href="/academics/music/pipe-band/" target="_blank">Pipe Band</a></li></ul></div></aside>