Biochemistry major Mustufa Jafry wins President’s Medal!

26mustufa_jafry_1082-Edit-150x250Congratulations to Mustufa Jafry who has won the President’s Medal for 2016!  The President’s Medal is awarded to the student with the most distinguished UW record.  Mustufa is a talented research and scholar who has received multiple scholarships and has several papers in line for publication.  As a leader, he has served as co-chair of the UW Senior Gift Council, President and founder of UW Reach connecting pre-health students at the UW with medically underserved communities, and as president of UW Wellness Coalition, an organization working to reduce the stigma around mental illness and raise awareness  about mental health issues among veterans and people affected by homelessness in Seattle.

After graduation, Mustufa plans to pursue a medical degree at the UW School of Medicine and either a Master’s in Public Health or a Master’s in Public Policy.  His ambition is to become a physician in order to treat underserved populations.

2016 Awards for Distinguished Research in Chemistry & Biochemistry

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Fourteen graduating seniors have been selected for the 2016 Awards for Distinguished Research in Chemistry and Biochemistry.  Congratulations to:

 

Jiayi Chen (PI: Zhang)

Sasha Dickinson (PI: Maly)

Martin Kinisu (PI: Varani)

Malte Lange (PI: Li)

Luming Yang (PI: Gamelin)

Yifan Lu (PI: Rathod)

Alexander Shcherbakov (PI: Andersen)

Moshe Gordon (PI: Keller)

Wenbi Wu (PI: Ginger)

Julia Carlstad (PI: Khalil)

Samuel Wilson (PI: Ailion)

Yanting Zhao (PI: Ruohola-Baker)

Lavinia Turian (PI: Ruohola-Baker)

Mengtong Duan (PI: Merz)

 

Two students awarded Bonderman Travel Fellowship!

baganCongratulations to Dylan Moore and Allison Rollins who have each been awarded a Bonderman Travel Fellowship!  The fellowship allows them to embark on solo journeys that are at least eight months long and take them to at least two regions and six countries of the world.

 

Dylan will travel through the Caribbean Sea from Haiti to Trinidad as well as Venezuela, Brazil, Algeria, and Morocco!

Allison will travel to Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, Israel, Chile, Peru, and Argentina!

 

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Libraries Student Employee Scholarship Winner announced!

blossomsCongratulations to Kelli Stoneburner who has won a $1000 Libraries Student Employee scholarship! As many as 12 scholarships per year are given to deserving student employees of the Libraries.  The scholarships are funded through a variety of sources including individual donors, the Friends of the UW Libraries and the Allen Endowment.

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!

Alex Vaschillo wins Astronaut Scholarship Foundation Award

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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.