Megan McCallum

Ph.D. Student

Expected Year of Graduation: Fall 2012
Research Lab: Dr. Arnold
Major Area of Focus: Analytical
Minor Area of Focus: Organic
Previously Attended:
Central Michigan University, 2002-2006, B.S. Chemistry; 2006-2008, M.S. Chemistry

Why I like Chemistry:

I like studying chemistry because there is always more to learn. The more I study and research, the more I am curious.

Why I chose the Chemistry and Biochemistry Program at UW-Milwaukee:

I chose UWM because there is large University research happening in a small school setting. I like that I am able to find help from all of the professors as well as getting to know all of my fellow graduate students.

Favorite things to do in Milwaukee:

During the summer I like to go to Brewers games or go play disc golf at the county parks. During the winter I enjoy indoor rock climbing or going to the movies.

Research Goals:

At UWM I am researching the optimization of multiple pre-clinical drug development assays with the use of LC-MS, absorbance, and fluorescence spectroscopy. These optimized assays could then be applied in the drug discovery and development industries with


M.M. McCallum, D. Fan, C.Y. Lee, D.K. Mohanty, D.J. LeCaptain. “Bio-Based Plasticizers for Poly-Vinyl Chloride," Polymer Preprints, 2007, 48(2), 869.

Stuart, A., McCallum, M. M., Fan, D., LeCaptain, D. J., Lee, C. Y., Mohanty, D. K.. “Poly(vinyl chloride) plasticized with succinate esters: synthesis and characterization,” Polymer Bulletin, 2010, 65(6), 589-598.

Related Activities:

January 2003 – May 2006: Student Affiliate of the American Chemical Society. I have been an active student affiliate member of the American Chemical Society. As a member of the Central Michigan University chapter of the American Chemical Society Student Affiliates I have previously held the position of president on the executive board. As the president the main responsibilities included overseeing all of the affairs and activities of the chapter. In the past I have also held the position of treasurer during the 2003-2004 academic year and vice president throughout the 2004-2005 academic year. During my time in ACS-SA our chapter has been recognized nationally as an “Outstanding Chapter” for the 2003-2004, 2004-2005, and 2005-2006 academic years.

2007 – Present / American Chemical Society, Member

March 2008 / Donald R. Wayenberg Memorial Student Travel Grant / Awarded by the Midland, MI Section of the American Chemical Society

2009 – Present / Society for Applied Spectroscopy - University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, Student Chapter Member

March 2011 / Student Travel Award / Awarded by the Milwaukee, WI Section of the American Chemical Society

April 2011 / Student Travel Award / Awarded by the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry