Jahnn Drigo - Honors Student

Jahnn Drigo is a Chemistry junior at Morgan State University whose growing mastership of synthetic research is so natural it's...organic. A winner at the 18th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Chemical and Biological Sciences at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, she devotes herself to presenting her research, while maintaining a 3.791/4.000 GPA and membership in the Chemistry Club, the Alpha Lambda Delta and Grant-Brett Promethean Kappa Tau Honor Societies, and the International Student Connexions organization. She also hopes to publish her anthology of original poetry and vicariously enjoys tennis by staying abreast of ATP World Tour events.

What are the most important lessons you learned from chemistry?
Patience and attention to detail are two skills that will never fail. Chemistry involves a very large amount of detail-specific information that needs to be recalled with ease and understood on a level beyond the superficial. It cannot be crammed or rushed.

Which class have you most enjoyed?
Organic Chemistry is by far the most enjoyable course in my curriculum so far. It finally brought together the foundational information that I'd learned in General Chemistry, making me realize how important it is to grasp the basics and apply them to more complex situations. Plus, being able to just look at a random molecule and have an idea of how it can be made in real life by combing through mental annals of learned reactions is pretty cool.

What are some of the challenges of being a chemistry major?
Chemistry requires passion. That way, the late nights/all-nighters, stacks upon stacks of flashcards, endless practice questions, and color-coded curved arrows feel more like training for combat than beating a dead horse. When you add the work from your other courses plus any extracurricular activities you may have, it can feel overwhelming. But if you love it, you'll realize it's worth it.

What do you enjoy most about chemistry?
Chemistry turns the entire universe into an amazing series of complicated interrelated reactions and ongoing systems in equilibrium. What I love most about Chemistry is that it can be used to explain EVERYTHING - from emotions to architecture to music - and research can be a fun challenge for independent thinkers with good work ethics and time management skills.