UW student selected for Rhodes Scholarship

Cameron Turtle, who has conducted research in the Keller Chemistry group and in Bioengineering, has been selected for the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship. The scholarship provides full financial support for scholars to study at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. Cameron is majoring in Bioengineering. His research in the Keller Chemistry group involved studying the 2-dimensional phase separation in lipid membranes. Cameron’s project was to incorporate charged lipids into the membranes and study the membranes’ miscibility transition temperatures.
Among his various accolades, Cameron is a Mary Gates scholar as well as a Goldwater scholar. He co-founded Bioengineers Without Borders and is also founder and CEO of Point of Care Technologies.

Congratulations Cameron!

President’s Medalist

Quyen Nguyen, the transfer President’s Medalist, entered the UW from Seattle Central Community College.

Nguyen’s parents still live in Vietnam, while she and her older brother are in the U.S. She came to the U.S. just four years ago. “My father was unable to finish his degree in physics and my mother had to stop working as a physician due to financial difficulties. Wishing me to have a bright future, my parents decided to let me study abroad,” she says.

Nguyen is planning a career as a pharmacist, so she will be continuing her education this fall in the PharmD degree program at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

President’s Medalist

Jacob T. Bobman, the four-year President’s Medalist, came to the UW from Mercer Island High School. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and will graduate summa cum laude with a BA Biochemistry and BS Mathematics.

Bobman is a Washington State Scholar, for which he received a four-year full tuition scholarship. He has worked in the laboratory of a UW professor since 2009, conducting neuroscience research. He also has been writing an honors master’s thesis on cryptography research. He has been a volunteer at Nova High School, an alternative school in Seattle for students who have not had success in a traditional classroom setting.

Bobman will begin medical school later this summer. He is planning a career in academic medicine, combining his interests in patient care and research.

Goldwater Scholars

Two undergraduate researchers in Chemistry, Jane Hung and Cameron Turtle, have received the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship.

Jane Hung  has been working in the laboratory of  Xiaosong Li  studying a fundamental process that could play an important role in the development of more efficient light-emitting diodes  and photovoltaic devices. “The insight I have acquired into the materials of the future is absolutely priceless, and my goal now is to help turn clean technology into global power,” she says.

Cameron Turtle was half of the “Undergraduate Dream Team” in the Keller Biophysics lab  during the summer of 2009.   The  team measured miscibility transition temperatures in synthetic lipid membranes that contained charged lipids. Cameron measured the temperatures at which those membranes became heterogeneous, such that regions enhanced in particular lipids appeared by fluorescence microscopy.  Cameron’s results have been important for two communities: researchers interested in how “rafts” might arise in cell membranes and researchers interested in quantifying intermolecular interaction energies.

Congratulations to Jane and Cameron!

2011-2012 Departmental Scholarship Applications Available

The 2011-2012 Chemistry Departmental Scholarship Applications are now available and can be found on our web site.

Completed applications are due April 1, 2011. The Department of Chemistry is proud to offer the following scholarships and book awards to our Chemistry and Biochemistry majors:

Earl W. Davie Scholarship

This endowed scholarship provides support to outstanding undergraduate students majoring in Chemistry or Biochemistry.  Earl W. Davie earned his B.S. in Chemistry and PhD in Biochemistry from the UW and served as chair of UW Biochemistry from 1975 to 1984. He also co-founded ZymoGenetics.  One scholarship of $1000 will be awarded.
Donald J. Hanahan Scholarship

This endowed scholarship provides support to outstanding undergraduate students majoring in Chemistry or Biochemistry. Professor Earl W. Davie established this scholarship in honor of his UW research mentor Donald J. Hanahan.  One scholarship of $1000 will be awarded.

H. K. Benson Scholarship

This endowed scholarship provides financial assistance for tuition costs for autumn quarter 2010. The scholarship is in honor of the former chair of the once-combined Departments of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. One scholarship of $1000 will be awarded.

Rex J. And Ruth C. Robinson Scholarship Fund In Chemistry

This endowed scholarship provides financial assistance for tuition costs for autumn quarter 2010. Three awards of $1000 will be distributed. The scholarship is in honor of a former professor in the Department of Chemistry.

Zahlia Jencks Rowe Scholarship

This endowed scholarship provides financial assistance for tuition costs for autumn quarter 2010. Two $1000 awards will be distributed.

Berkelhammer Book Award

This prize is financed by the Gerald and Shelia Berkelhammer Endowed Fund and provides $50 toward the purchase of books. Recipients can be in any year of their college education and must be chemistry or biochemistry majors.

Berkelhammer Senior Book Award

This prize is financed by the Gerald and Shelia Berkelhammer Endowed Fund and provides $150 toward the purchase of books. Recipients must be chemistry or biochemistry seniors.

NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates


The National Science Foundation funds a large number of summer research opportunities for undergraduate students through its Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program. Students are granted stipends and, in many cases, assistance with housing and travel. Applications are available now.

By using the web page, Search for an REU Site, you may examine opportunities in the subject areas supported by various NSF units.

Goldwater Scholar

Noah HorwitzNoah Horwitz has been named a 2010 Goldwater Scholar.  Noah is a Chemistry major with aspirations to pursue graduate school and eventually obtain an academic faculty position.  Over the last year, Noah has been working in Professor David Ginger’s lab.  In the course of his undergraduate career, Noah has been awarded the CRC Freshman Chemistry Achievement Award, the  Hyp J. Dauben Award for the top student in Honors Organic Chemistry, the Outstanding student in Analytical Chemistry Award, and the PC Cross award for the top student in Physical Chemistry.  He has also won a Washington NASA Space Grant, a  Washington Research Foundation Fellowship and a Mary Gates Research Scholarship.