Each year the UW Department of Chemistry acknowledges our top scholars. Our award for Distinguished Achievement in Chemistry Research is given to graduating seniors who have performed exceptional research in Chemistry. This year’s recipients are:
- Jeremy Tran
- Christine Buffalow
- Alec Heckert
- Matthew Ellis
- Jordan Rixon
- Branden Vandermoon
- Philip Lindstedt
- Torin Stetina
The Award for the Outstanding student in Inorganic Chemistry has been awarded to
The Award for the Outstanding student in Analytical Chemistry has been awarded to
The PC Cross Award for the top student in Physical Chemistry has been awarded to
The Hyp Dauben Award for the top student in Honors Organic Chemistry has been awarded to
The Honors General Chemistry Achievement Award for the top students in Honors General Chemistry has been awarded to
Congratulations on your achievements!
Congratulations to the Chemistry Scholarship winners: Ranee James, Jeremy Tran, Matthew Ellis, Talia Suner, Jeremiah Li, Moshe Gordon, Victoria Hildreth, Alice Chu, Amilla Frehner, Farhan Himmati, and Luwan Ekubazgi.
Congratulations to Philip Lindstedt for being awarded a Washington Research Foundation Fellowship! Philip is currently working in the Maly lab developing small molecule controlled split protein switches for highly selective enzymatic inhibition, which could be applied to study intracellular signaling pathways implicated in disease and cellular differentiation.
Congratulations to Jane Kwon, Cindy Wei, and Wenbi Wu who have been named Levinson Emerging Scholars!
Jane Kwon is a senior in the Department of Biochemistry. She joined Dr. Kaeberlein’s lab during her freshman year with an interest in aging and neurodegenerative diseases. Starting as a yeast dissector, she helped to collect and quantify Replicative Lifespan Data of S. cerevisae. She then shifted her focus onto the role of mitochondrial health in aging using C. elegans, as a model system. She aspires to become a physician.
Cindy Wei is a senior majoring in Biochemistry (BS) and minoring in Global Health with Departmental Honors in Biochemistry. In her junior year she joined the Hoppins lab in the Department of Biochemistry, working on the molecular characterization of mitochondrial movement. Her current project focuses on the expression and purification of the proteins involved in microtubule directed mitochondrial transport: Trak1/2 and Miro1/2. Once these recombinant proteins have been obtained she will rebuild the transport machinery in vitro to investigate the function of each protein and their effects on each other in a simple system. Her undergraduate research experience has inspired her to continue to be involved in research and to go on to pursue a PhD after graduation in June 2015.
Wenbi Wu is a senior in Biochemistry (BS), Chemistry (BS) and Mathematics (minor) with Departmental Honors in Chemistry and Biochemistry. Starting from her freshman year, Wenbi began doing research in the lab of Professor David Ginger. Her research area is in hybrid polymer/quantum dot solar cells, with a current research focus on the morphology in hybrid polymer/quantum dot solar cell treated with different quantum dot surface ligands. In collaboration with the Moule group at UC Davis, she is trying to obtain a detailed three-dimensional tomography images. The goal is to better understand and control of morphology in these films to optimize the solar cell performance.
Congratulations to Nicolle Esparo who has been named a recipient of the Bonderman Travel Fellowship. The Bonderman Travel Fellowship awards $20,000 to support students to engage in international travel. Recipients must travel for a minimum of eight months in at least six countries in two or more major regions of the world. Nicolle plans to visit Uruguay, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. Happy travels, Nicolle!
This year the Chemistry Department has decided to have to two “Commencement” speeches given by two graduating students at our Chemistry and Biochemistry Graduation and Awards Recognition Celebration that will be held on Wednesday, June 11, at 8:30pm. We plan on selecting one biochemistry major and one chemistry major to each give brief (around 5 minutes) commencement speeches. If you are interested in being considered for one of the speakers, please send a one page abstract of what your speech will entail to firstname.lastname@example.org, by Friday, April 25. A committee will review the abstracts and then contact selected students who will be invited to present their speech before the committee. Students will be notified by mid-May of the Committee’s decision.
Congratulations to Jeremy Tran who has won the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship! Jeremy is a BS Chemistry ACS & BS Biochemistry major conducting research with the Karen Goldberg Group investigating the use of water as the terminal oxidant in the oxidation of aldehydes to carboxylic acids.
The University Honors Program has spotlighted the Department of Chemistry on their website. Interviews with two of our honors students, Chinonso Opara and Ben Horst, are included along with an interview with Prof. Gary Drobny, the Associate Chair for Undergraduate Chemistry.
The article can be found at http://depts.washington.edu/uwhonors/features/dept_honors_chem/
Congratulations to Alex Vaschillo who was won the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation award!
Alex works in the Masiello Group in the UW Department of Chemistry. His research studies the collective oscillations of conduction electrons in metal nanoparticles known as localized surface plasmon resonances (LSPRs). The LSPRs have been the source of much scientific study over the last decade due to their immediate and significant applications in chemical catalysis, drug delivery, and cancer reduction therapy.
Congratulations to Chrissy Stachl who has won a Pfizer Air Diversity Fellowship! The fellowship will support her research in Chemistry Professor Matt Bush’s group where she is using ion mobility spectrometry and mass spectrometry to investigate the effects of divalent metal ion binding on the structures of monomers and dimers of the core domain of the protein B-crystalline.