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 email@example.com, 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.
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!
Congratulations 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.
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.
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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.
The Ronald E. McNair Program prepares undergraduates for doctoral study through involvement in research and scholarly activities. The purpose of the McNair Program is to assist in the academic and professional development of undergraduates whose goals are to teach and research at the college level. In order to help students achieve those goals, the program sponsors and supports undergraduate experiences that lay the foundation for a successful graduate school experience.
Thanks to the generosity of several alumni and others interested in helping deserving chemistry and biochemistry students, the Department of Chemistry has some scholarships and book prizes available to students who are currently UW students and declared biochemistry or chemistry majors.
Depending on the particular award, academic merit, financial need, career goals, employment history, extracurricular activities, and undergraduate research record are among the criteria used to determine the recipients. Generally, the scholarships are awarded to students who have been in the Department for a year or more.
Completed applications are due by 4pm on November 30, 2012. The scholarship committee will meet in December 2012 to choose recipients. Awards will be disbursed for Winter quarter 2013.
Chinonso Opara is a rising junior in the department of Biochemistry at the University of Washington. This summer, he is working in the lab of Dr. William Atkins on developing a novel method of quantifying the concentration of quantum dots, using various biophysical techniques. Quantum dots are small nanoparticles with the capability of fluorescing under ultraviolet light, and have several applications ranging from enhancing LED lighting to cellular imaging and drug delivery.
Guillermo Romano is a rising senior at the University of Washington, working on a double degree in Public Health and Biochemistry. This summer he is working in the Maly lab to synthesize a small molecule capable of profiling Sarcoma Family Kinases.
Denis Smirnov is a rising junior at the University of Washington studying biochemistry and neurobiology. He is working with Dr. Chatterjee in the Department of Chemistry to investigate the ubiquitin-like protein degradation pathway in Mycobacerium tuberculosis, through mechanistic studies of the ligase enzyme PafA. Current research is aimed at working to determine the substrate scope of PafA by using novel chemical tools to monitor enzyme activity.