Stuff of Life Blog Article: The Synthesis of Diols Through the Use of Renewable Resources

By Joshua Santiana

My name is Joshua Santiana and I am a rising senior at the University of New Haven in West Haven, CT. There, I am double majoring in Chemistry and Forensic Science. I am also from a suburban town In Connecticut. Now, seeing as how I both grew up and attend undergraduate school in Connecticut, you might be thinking, “how in the world did you end up in North Dakota for the summer?”  Well, there is a simple answer to that question. When applying for summer REU programs my main focus was trying to find a research area that I would excel at and be interested in. This is what led me to joining the Sibi Group for the summer here at North Dakota State University.

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* This item is from September 16, 2013 from the Chemistry Department’s ‘The Stuff of Life’ blog at and relates to CSMS activities under the previous CSMS funding.