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Stefanie Bragg Received SEAC Student Travel Award

Stefanie BraggStefanie Bragg, a graduate student from Professor Xue Group received Society for Electroanalytical Chemistry (SEAC) Student Travel Award to present her research at 2012 International Pittsburg Conference in Orlando, Florida on March 11th.

Bragg will deliver two oral presentations on “Highly Sensitive Detection of Aqueous Cr(VI) Using Flower-Like Surface Self-Assembly of Gold Nanoparticles” and “Electrochemical Detection of Chromium Based on a Novel Sol-Gel/Single-Walled Carbon Nanotube Hybrid Material.”

SEAC Graduate Student Travel Award was established to help “promising graduate students to offset the cost of travel to the Pittsburgh Conference to deliver an oral presentation in a Conference symposium.”

Born and raised in Glasgow, Kentucky, Bragg graduated from Barren County High School in 2003.  She moved on to Western Kentucky University, where she received a full academic scholarship and completed a B.S. in Chemistry (ACS Certified) and Biology in 2007. In that time she researched with Dr. Les Pesterfield and Dr. Donald Slocum and participated in the NSF-REU program at the University of Cincinnati in 2006.

At University of Tennessee, Bragg has worked with Professor Zi-Ling (Ben) Xue on novel approaches to electroanalysis of metals, and sample pretreatment of biological and environmental samples.  She currently serves as the President of the Association of Chemistry Graduate Students (ACGS).

In 2011, Bragg co-authored a paper with Xue. “Optimization of dry ashing of whole blood samples for trace metal analysis” was published on American Journal of Analytical Chemistry. There are two other articles still in press.