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Chemistry Alumnus Named Master Distiller at Jack Daniel's

For Chris Fletcher, '03 chemistry, the journey to becoming master distiller of Jack Daniel's began in Lynchburg, Tennessee, Fletcher's hometown and the home of Jack Daniel Distillery. Fletcher grew up hearing the name Jack Daniel. His maternal grandfather was the company's fifth master distiller, retiring in 1989 when Fletcher was eight years old.

Fletcher's family has a long history with Tennessee Tech as well. His parents, paternal grandfather, sister and brother-in-law all went to Tech, so when it came time to choose a university, Tech was already on his mind.

"I enrolled in chemistry at Tech because I felt like with science, you really learn unique and new things every day," said Fletcher. "Chemistry is what I wanted to study, and that led me down the path of distilling."

Virtual Research and Creative Inquiry Day set for April 2021

Research and Creative Inquiry Day is an annual event designed to promote undergraduate and graduate student research and creative inquiry and provide a venue for presenting that work. The 16th annual event will be held in April 2021. Due to the ongoing pandemic, we are moving forward with a digital/virtual format.

The abstract submission portal will be open from Monday, Feb. 1, through Wednesday, March 10. Abstract guidelines can be found on the Office of research

Please share this information with your students and consider including information related to Research and Creative Inquiry Day, as appropriate, in your spring course syllabi. Faculty will receive an email at the beginning of the spring semester providing additional event information and inviting you to participate as a Research and Creative Inquiry Day judge. 

Research and Creative Inquiry Day 2020 Winners from the Department of Chemistry

The following students were winners at our Research and Creative Inquiry Day that was held in April 2020:

Undergraduate (1st) prize:
Primary author: Wesley Wearing
Co-author: Lillian Pipkin
Title: Spectroscopic Characterization of Phenothiazine Co-crystals

Undergraduate (2nd) prize:
Primary author: Julia Vesely
Title: Research and Development of High Protein Beer

Graduate (Masters):
Primary author: Zachary Gulledge
Title: Cleavage of tert-Butoxycarbonyl (BOC) Groups from Indoles and Other Heterocycles Using an Addition-Elimination Strategy with 3-Methoxpropylamine

For more information, visit the Office of Research page.


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