Members of the T.H. Black Research Group
   This was the makeup of our excellent group at the time of its sudden disbandment.   By the way - clicking on any photo will give you a larger version of the same picture - don't say you weren't warned.  Suitable for framing. ;-)

Name: Dr. Mike Ruane           Home Town: San Francisco, CA     DOB:  12/8/72
Began in Group: Aug. 2003    Anticipated Graduation:  Aug. 2005
Post-Graduation Plans: Assistant Professorship at great PUI school
Likes Most about Research: Success!
Likes Least about Research: Failure!
How has Research Affected You? Put me on the academic career path!
What Should Students Undecided about Research Know? There is no better way to become acquainted with a field other than doing research!
Hobbies
: Woodworking, sports, computer upgrading.
Favorite Quote:
It took God 4.5 billion years to make the Earth what it is today. Why are YOU in such a hurry?”

Name: Aaron Lineberry          Home Town: Mattoon, IL   DOB: 6/29/72
Began in Group: Aug. 2004    Anticipated Graduation:  Aug. 2006
Post-Graduation Plans: Graduate school for a Ph.D. in chemistry, then postdoc position in preparation for a position in academia.
Likes Most about Research: The challenge of making a molecule that's never been made before.
Likes Least about Research: Learning the ins and outs of a new system.
How has Research Affected You?  It is giving me a new perspective on how all the theoretical knowledge one gains through coursework applies in the real world.
What Should Students Undecided about Research Know:  It gives you a great opportunity to further your knowledge of the subject.
Hobbies: Movies, sports, family.
Favorite Quote: "Life moves pretty fast.  If you don't stop to look around once in a while, you could miss it!"
Name: Nick Selner              Home Town: Peru, IL     DOB:  5/13/82
Began in Group: Aug. 2003    Anticipated Graduation:  Dec. 2005
Post-Graduation Plans:  Graduate school for a Ph.D. in chemistry
Likes Most about Research:  Keeps me interested in current chemistry.
Likes Least about Research:  The meticulousness required for certain operations
How has Research Affected You?  The importance of good time management.
What Should Students Undecided about Research Know? If chemistry is the intended major, research is the way to apply and understand what you learned in class.
Hobbies: Rugby
Favorite Quote:


Name: Meghan Breen        Home Town: O'Fallon, IL     DOB: 6/22/86
Began in Group: Jan. 2005    Anticipated Graduation:  May 2008

Post-Graduation Plans: Ph.D. in chemistry
Likes Most about Research:
Too soon to tell!
Likes Least about Research: Too soon to tell!
How has Research Affected You? Too soon to tell!
What Should Students Undecided about Research Know?  You'll never know if you'd enjoy it if you don't try it!
Hobbies:  movies, music, shopping
Favorite Quote: "...and in that moment I swear we were infinite." (from The Perks of Being a Wallflower, my favorite book of all time)

Name: Larry Keniley        Home Town: Mascoutah, IL     DOB: 7/14/83
Began in Group: Jan. 2005    Anticipated Graduation:  Dec. 2006
Post-Graduation Plans:  Graduate school
Likes Most about Research:  Too soon to tell!
Likes Least about Research: Too soon to tell!
How has Research Affected You? Too soon to tell!
What Should Students Undecided about Research Know? It can only help!

Hobbies:
watching sports, music, hanging out with friends
Favorite Quote:  "The secret of creativity is knowing how to hide your sources." - Albert Einstein

Name: Steve Clark       Home Town: Detroit, MI     DOB: 6/30/79
Began in Group:  May 2005    Anticipated Graduation:  May 2006
Post-Graduation Plans:  Medical school
Likes Most about Research:  Problem solving!
Likes Least about Research: Failed experiments!
How has Research Affected You?It's helped me learn to manage my time efficiently, and problem solve in areas outside of research
What Should Students Undecided about Research Know? It's lots of fun and intellectually challenging
Hobbies:weightlifting, books, movies
Favorite Quote:"That which does not kills us makes us stronger" [Nietzsche]

Name: Drew Dust        Home Town: Effingham, IL     DOB: 6/1/83
Began in Group:  May 2005    Anticipated Graduation:  May 2006
Post-Graduation Plans:  Medical school
Likes Most about Research:  Doing new reactions and thinking about them.
Likes Least about Research:Cleaning, waiting for reaction to finish.
How has Research Affected You?Too soon to tell!
What Should Students Undecided about Research Know? It can only help!
Hobbies: internet surfing, taking things apart, running, working out

Favorite Quote: Great minds rarely think alike.