Virginia Academy of Science Honors Hollins Student Researchers

VAS Fall Undergrad Research Meeting

Two research projects conducted by three Hollins University chemistry majors were recognized at the 2021 Virginia Academy of Science (VAS) Fall Undergraduate Research Meeting, held recently at Hampden-Sydney College.

Megan Brown ’23, Nupur Sehgal ’23, and Tram Nguyen ’24 earned the event’s top award in the Medicine category ($750 in research funding) for “Let’s Go Fishing: Catching Cysteine-Containing Proteins in Cytoplasmic Pools.”

Megan Brown '23 and Tram Nguyen '24
Megan Brown ’23 (left) and Tram Nguyen ’24

They also received honorable mention in the same category for “C-glycosylation Through Reductive Halide Atom Transfer Reaction with Photo-Irradiation.”

The three students are all enrolled in a research lab of Assistant Professor of Chemistry Son Nguyen, who also attended the Fall Undergraduate Research Meeting and served as a judge in the event’s Biochemistry category.

“I am so proud of Megan, Nupur, and Tram, and am lucky to have them in the research lab,” Nguyen said. “They work very hard and very productively.”

Nupur Sehgal '23
Nupur Sehgal ’23


Nguyen and the three students will present at the national American Chemical Society meeting in San Diego in March 2022. Brown, Sehgal, and Tram Nguyen will share their research results at the 2022 VAS Spring Undergraduate Research Meeting at the University of Richmond in May 2022.


Top photo (left to right): Tram Nguyen ’24, Assistant Professor of Chemistry Son Nguyen, Nupur Sehgal ’23, and Megan Brown ’23 at Hampden-Sydney College for the 2021 VAS Fall Undergraduate Research Meeting.