PICNICS program

Parents Involvement with Children Nurturing Intellectual Curiosity in Science (PICNICS)  

Bowling Green State University

A program designed to expose high school students to Research in the Chemical Sciences and stimulate their interest in science and math.

This is a program from the Center for Photochemical Sciences, the Department of Chemistry and College of Arts and Sciences. The program was initiated with funding from NSF to Prof. Jayaraman Sivaguru (CAREER CHE-0748525, CHE- 1213880, CHE-1465075; CHE-1811795, CHE-1955524)

If you have any questions, please email Professor Jayaraman Sivaguru at sivagj@bgsu.edu.

PICNICS FLYER PDF
PICNICS Informational Flyer PDF
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2022 Application TBA

DEADLINE: TBA

Before submitting your application, please check to be certain that the following are included:  

  • Your form is completed
  • Your high school transcript is included
  • Your most recent standardized-exam scores are included
  • Recommendation contact information is included from a Math or Science teacher
    • Be sure to provide your recommender with the following information to complete your form: www.bgsu.edu/picnicslor

Open to students from the following participating schools: 

  • Bowling Green High School
  • Eastwood High School
  • Freemont Ross High School
  • Perrysburg High School
  • Ottawa Hills High School
  • Springfield High School
The program gives preference to  juniors/rising seniors.  But seniors (on the way to college) as well as sophomores are welcome to apply and they will be accommodated (depending on availability of research slots)
 
Download Letter of Reference Forms                                                                       Submit Finished Forms Here 
School Contact ROLE EMAIL
Ottawa Hills HS Ben McMurray Principal BMcMurray@ohschools.org
Ottawa Hills HS William D. Miller Director of Curriculum and Instruction WMiller@ohschools.org
Ottawa Hills HS Jennifer Nagy College Guidance Counselor jnagy@ohschools.org>
Bowling Green HS Jeffrey Dever Principal jjdever@bgcs.k12.oh.us
Bowling Green HS Laura Dietz Chemistry ldietz@bgcs.k12.oh.us
Eastwood HS Jim Kieper Principal jkieper@eastwoodschools.org
Eastwood HS Cale Hover Chemistry chover@eastwoodschools.org
Fremont Ross  HS Brian Zeller Principal zellerb@fremontschools.net
Fremont Ross  HS Robert Chevalier Asst principal chevalierr@fremontschools.net
Fremont Ross  HS Calvin Vander Boon Chemistry/Physics teacher vanderboonc@fremontschools.net
Fremont Ross  HS Jeff Wright Science teacher wrightj@fremontschools.net
Perrysburg HS Kim Layden Chemistry Teacher klayden@perrysburgschools.net
Springfield HS Stephanie Mahoney Science teacher and dept chair StephanieMahoney@springfield-schools.org

                                                                        

PICNICS Past Participants

Student name Advisor Title
Mubashshir Ra’eed Bhuiyan Prof. Alexandar Tarnovsky Light Spectroscopy of a Bismuth Iodide Complex
Alexander Mian Prof. J. Sivaguru Novel Photocatalyst for [4+2] Cycloaddition 
Jewell Shropshire Prof. Malcolm Forbes Synthesis of a Biradical Spin Probe 
Arthur Chen Prof. Xiaohong Tan Recombinant Cancer protein (PDL1) expression and purification in E. Coli. cells
Tarun Paramasamy Prof. J. Sivaguru Visible light mediated photocatalytic [2+2] cycloaddition
Mariah Hahn  Prof. Joseph Furgal Porous Polysiloxane Material as Bug Desiccants 
Joey Hover Prof. J. Sivaguru New Excited State reactivity of Enaminones for accessing Marmycin core

Student name

High school

Advisor

Project

Josh Egnatuk 

Eastwood 

Prof. Forbes 

EPR Studies of Drying and Curing of Latex Paint Films

Ramya Talla 

Ottawa Hills 

Prof. Wilson 

Investigation of Photoinduced and Thermal DNA Damaging Agents Containing Pyridinium 

Olivia Thomas 

Fremont 

Prof. Furgal

Porous Materials as Bug Desiccants 

Tressa Greiner 

Bowling Green 

Prof. Furgal

Synthesizing T10, a Silica Cage 

Danielle Sun

Ottawa Hills

Prof. Sivaguru 

Light Induced Cycloaddition Reaction Between Alkenes 

Dylan Kroggel 

Bowling Green 

Prof. Sun 

Synthesis and Characterization of Colloidal PbS Nanosheets 

Ashton Hill 

Eastwood 

Prof. Selim

Defects in Metals and Wide Band-gap Materials 

Raisha Patel 

Ottawa Hills 

Prof. Sivaguru 

Light As a Reagent for Synthesis of Cyclobutanes 

Name

School

Advisor

Gage Koenig

Fremont

Prof. Marshall Wilson

Emily Cajka

Eastwood

Prof. Pavel Anzenbacher

Alex Herr

Eastwood

Prof. Alexis Ostrowski

Connor R. McHugh

Bowling Green

Prof. Pavel Anzenbacher

Nathan C Hershberger

Bowling Green

Prof. Joseph Furgal

Henry D. Griffin

Ottawa Hills

Prof. Malcolm

Eli Zinck

Ottawa Hills

Prof. Sivaguru

Abigail Zeller

Springfield

Prof. Sivaguru