Joint Research Safety Initiative

Chemistry happens. Don’t let it happen to you.

JRSI

sustainable safety culture
educational tools
organized and centralized resources

By Researchers, For Researchers

The Joint Research Safety Initiative (JRSI) is a new safety community run by students, post-docs, and research assistants on campus that aims to provide centralized and accessible safety and educational resources for students and faculty. Our safety and efficiency is up to us, and only us.

What We Do

gather departmental data

We develop and implement surveys to measure the effectiveness of our initiative and the culture of our departments.

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facilitate open dialogues

We put on events, safety demos, vendor fairs, and safety programs to encourage open dialogue and participation.

train lab safety contacts

We are working to improve the quality and availability of training resources for current and future LSCs.

gather departmental data

We develop and implement surveys to measure the effectiveness of our initiative and the culture of our departments.

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facilitate open dialogues

We put on events, safety demos, vendor fairs, and safety programs to encourage open dialogue and participation.

LEARN MORE

train lab safety contacts

We are working to improve the quality and availability of training resources for current and future LSCs.

LEARN MORE

gather departmental data

We develop and implement surveys to measure the effectiveness of our initiative and the culture of our departments.

LEARN MORE

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facilitate open dialogues

We put on events, safety demos, vendor fairs, and safety programs to encourage open dialogue and participation.

LEARN MORE

train lab safety contacts

We are working to improve the quality and availability of training resources for current and future LSCs.

LEARN MORE

Leadership

Serving Chemistry & PME

people

Mason Dearborn

masondearborn@uchicago.edu

Co-president
Publicity Committee Chair

Mason Dearborn is currently a 4th-year graduate student in Prof. Aaron Esser-Kahn’s lab in the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering. Mason grew up in the suburbs of Chicago but headed south for his undergraduate career at the University of Southern Mississippi. Now, he uses frontal polymerization for rapid, energy-efficient manufacturing of polymers and composites with autonomous patterning.

andrew Grorud

apgrorud@uchicago.edu

Co-president
Education Committee Chair

Andrew is originally from Hutchinson, MN, and came to the University of Chicago after completing his B.S. in Chemistry from Wheaton College. Andrew is now a 5th-year graduate student in Prof. Michael D. Hopkins’s lab; his research interests include the investigation of photo- and redox-active molecules that self-assemble into ordered monolayers on surfaces.

 

aritrajit Gupta

aritrajit@uchicago.edu

Finance Committee Chair

Aritrajit grew up in West Bengal, India and joined the Chemistry Ph.D. program at the University of Chicago after completing his B.S. from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore with a Chemistry major and Materials Science minor. He is presently a 4th-year graduate student in Prof. Dmitri Talapin’s lab; exploring the synthesis and optical properties of alloyed III-V colloidal quantum dots intended for display applications.

 

Lauryn Carver

lcarver@uchicago.edu

Publicity Committee Member
Education Committee Member

Lauryn is currently a 2nd-year PhD Candidate in the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering co-advised by Profs. Matthew Tirrell and Yun Fang. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma in May 2019 where she received B.S. in Chemical Engineering & Biotechnology. Her current research surrounds the use of nanoparticles in medical applications, specifically for the potential treatment of cardiopulmonary diseases and fibroses.

Abhirup Guha

abhirupg@uchicago.edu

Publicity Committee Member
Finance Committee Member

Abhirup was born and raised in Kolkata, and attended St. Xavier’s College for his undergraduate education in Chemistry. He then moved to IIT Delhi for a Masters in Chemistry, and eventually started his PhD in Physical Chemistry at University of Chicago in 2018. He is currently in his 4th-year in the Tokmakoff group where he works towards developing Fluorescence Encoded Infrared Spectroscopy as a novel  technique to perform single-molecule vibrational measurements.

 

 

 

Elizabeth Kelley

ewkelley@uchicago.edu

Survey Committee Chair

Elizabeth graduated from the College of William & Mary with a BS in chemistry and classical studies.  In addition to working with JRSI, Elizabeth is currently a Lead Fellow at the Chicago Center for Teaching and Learning, an NSF Graduate Research Fellow, a member of the Graduate Council’s funding committee, and a PhD Candidate with Prof. Scott Snyder in the Chemistry Department.  Her research spans organic chemistry and chemical education research.  She currently investigates topics in hands-on laboratory learning and the nature of graduate student training.

 

carlos medina

cjmedina@uchicago.edu

Publicity Committee Member
Finance Committee Member

Born and raised in Panama, Carlos attended the University of Pennsylvania, where he received his BSE in Materials Science and Engineering in 2019. Carlos then came to the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago, where he is currently a 3rd-year student advised by Prof. Matthew Tirrell. He is currently investigating the behavior of zwitterionic polymers in aqueous solutions using time-resolved infrared spectroscopy and X-ray scattering. 

 

Josh Portner

jportner@uchicago.edu

 Education Committee Member

 

 

Kavya Smitha Pillai

kavya779513@uchicago.edu

Publicity Committee Member

Kavya is a fourth year student in the Chemistry Department. She is currently working with Prof. Raymond Moellering and focuses on answering the differences in activity signatures of enzymes in different conditions. Kavya was born and raised in India and she graduated from IISER-TVM. She aspires to improve the safety culture in labs in India.