Three students win Undergraduate Research Awards!

LangeCongratulations to Malte Lange who has won a Washington Research Fellowship.  Malte works in Professor Xiaosong Li’s group where his research focuses on improving battery technology.

 

 

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Congratulations to Amisha Parikh who has won a Washington Research Fellowship.  Amisha works in Dr. Poolos Cellular Neurophysiology Lab at Harborview where she is studying epilepsy.

 

Qu-Amanda-227x300Congratulations to Amanda Qu who has won a Levinson Emerging Scholar Fellowship.  Amanda works in the Catterall Lab doing structural studies of Calcium channels

 

Top Scholars in Chemistry announced

fireworksEach 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
  • Branden Vandermoon
  • Torin Stetina

The Award for the Outstanding student in Inorganic Chemistry has been awarded to

  • Jeremy Tran

The Award for the Outstanding student in Analytical Chemistry  has been awarded to

  • Christine Buffalow

The PC Cross Award for the top student in Physical Chemistry has been awarded to

  • Melvin Soetrisno

The Hyp Dauben Award for the top student in Honors Organic Chemistry has been awarded to

  • James White

The Honors General Chemistry Achievement Award for the top students in Honors General Chemistry has been awarded to

  • Julia Joo
  • Hyeon-Jin Kim

Congratulations on your achievements!

Three students named Levinson Emerging Scholars

DNACongratulations to Jane Kwon, Cindy Wei, and Wenbi Wu who have been named Levinson Emerging Scholars!

 

 

 

kwonJane 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.

 

weiCindy 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.

wenbiWenbi 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.

 

Student Speakers requested for 2014 Graduation Ceremony

FNTN_036This 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 stone@chem.washington.edu, 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.

Goldwater Scholar

tranCongratulations 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.

Top scholars in Chemistry Announced

Each year the UW Department of Chemistry acknowledges our top scholars.  Our award for Distinguished Scholarship in Chemistry or Biochemistry is given to graduating seniors with exceptional academic records.  Our 2012-13 scholars are:

 

  • Michael J. Bocek,
  • Evan A. Boyle,
  • Michelle K. Drews,
  • Benjamin G. Horst,
  • Mathini S. Mohanachandran.

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:

  • Carolyn E. Gunthardt (for research in Inorganic Chemistry with Prof. Gamelin),
  • Eric M. Janke (for research in Materials Chemistry with Prof. Ginger),
  • Timothy A. Livingston Large (for research in Physical Chemistry with Prof. Campbell)
  • Matthew M. Sonnett (for research in Biological Chemistry with Prof. Gelb)

The Award for the Outstanding student in Inorganic Chemistry for 2012-13 has been awarded to

  • Carolyn Gunthardt.

The Hypercube Scholar Award for the top student in Chem 465 Computations in Chemistry has been awarded to

  • Benjamin Horst.

The PC Cross award for the top students in Physical Chemistry for 2012-13 has been awarded to

  • Sally Turner and Wei Huang.

 

The Hyp Dauben Award for the top students in Honors Organic Chemistry for 2012-13 has been awarded to

  • Calvin Le and Jeremy Tran.

The Honors General Chemistry Achievement Award for the top students in Honors General Chemistry has been awarded to

  • Natacha Lou Comandante and Mitchell Krawczyk.

Congratulations on your achievements!

President’s Medalist!

drewsCongratulations to Michelle Drews who has been named this year’s President’s Medalist!  Each year since 1932, the UW President has presented a medal to the graduating senior who has achieved the most distinguished academic record at the University.  Michelle is a senior at the University of Washington double majoring in Biochemistry and Neurobiology with departmental honors as well as a minor in Bioethics and Humanities.  After graduation she plans to pursue an MD/PhD and is interested in the use of neuroimaging to diagnose and study neurological conditions.

2013 Departmental Graduation Celebration

The Departments of Chemistry and Biochemistry are pleased to announce our annual Graduation and Awards Recognition Celebration will be held Friday, June 14, 2013 from 6:00-7:30 pm at the HUB Ballroom.

 

 

Questions (including disability accommodation requests) may be sent to advisers@chem.washington.edu

Congratulations Graduates!

Five students receive Washington Research Foundation Fellowships

Congratulations to Marvin Nayan, Ben Horst, Evan Boyle, Derek Nhan, and Matt Sonnett who have received Washington Research Foundation Fellowships.  Washington Research Foundation Fellowships (WRFF)  for advanced undergraduates support promising students who work on creative and sophisticated science and engineering research projects under the guidance of UW faculty. WRFFs target undergraduates who have already participated in undergraduate research for at least three quarters and who are working beyond an introductory level in a project that requires creativity and advanced knowledge.

Marvin Nayan is a senior studying Neurobiology and Biochemistry. Marvin’s project investigates the genetic factors of dendrite patterning and maintenance morphology in fruit fly sensory neurons. He is hopeful this research will contribute to our understanding of genetic mechanisms underlying the maintenance of neuronal function.

 

Evan Boyle is a senior studying Microbiology and Biochemistry. Long fascinated by the often subtle distinction between healthy and diseased conditions, he worked on genotyped multiple transgenic mouse lines and expressed recombinant enzymes in E. coli and Sf9 cells to study the role of secreted phospholipases A2 in asthma and other conditions.

 

Ben Horst is  a senior in Chemistry & Biochemistry.  Ben works in the Mayer lab studying reduction/oxidation and biomimetic inorganic chemistry, and nanoparticles. Ben’s first project  involved studying a reduction/oxidation mechanism called a Multiple-Site Concerted Proton Electron Transfer reaction. His new project combines TiO2 nanoparticles and Concerted Proton Electron Transfer to complete a non-trivial two electron, two proton transfer.

Derek Nhan is a senior majoring in Biochemistry and Neurobiology. He is currently doing research in the Becker lab and has been involved in several projects associated with the consequences of post-stroke cerebrovascular damage and his most recent project focuses on the morphologies of neuronal damage as a marker for worse clinical outcome.

 

Matthew Sonnett is a senior Biochemistry major who is currently working with Professor Mike Gelb. His research involves  making small molecule inhibitors that can be used to better understand the role of several proteins intimately involved in a number of inflammatory events.