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Elizabeth Fisher ('14)
Liz Fisher of Dartmouth, NS came to Mount Allison with the music degree in mind but soon found herself in the chemistry lab.

“I didn’t expect to change programs but I was really drawn to chemistry,” she says. “I knew Mount A also had a great chemistry department and I was happy here so I moved to the BSc program after my first year.”

The 2014 honours chemistry graduate recently received first-place for her research poster at the Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition in Vancouver, BC. Fisher’s poster entitled “Quantitative Determination of Mixed Ligand Shell Composition of 2 and 4nm Gold Nanoparticles by GC/MS” was part of her honours research, completed with chemistry professor Dr. Vicki Meli.

“We are basically working on a method to determine the structure of gold nanoparticles,” explains Fisher. “These nanoparticles have promising applications in fields like optics and chemical sensors. The more we can learn about their properties and characteristics the more we can find out about different applications for their use.”

Despite the switch to chemistry, Fisher has remained in touch with her musical interests, something she credits Mount Allison for.

“I play the flute and was able to be in the pit orchestra for a theatre production and with some bands and chamber ensembles while I was studying. It was nice to continue this interest.”

Fisher is working in Dr. Meli’s lab this summer and has been accepted in the Master’s of science program at the University of British Columbia.