UW Chemistry Graduate Program ranked #1 by students

Bagley_squareA recent survey of graduate students in chemistry ranked the University of Washington as having the Top Chemistry Graduate School based on 15 ranking categories relevant to students, such as academic competitiveness, career support, financial aid, and quality of network. The chemistry graduate program was also ranked number one for “use of technology”. The survey was administered and published by Gradschools.com (see the results at http://www.graduateprograms.com/top-chemistry-programs/), a “graduate program guide for students, created by students”.

Benjamin Van Kuiken wins College of Arts and Science Dean’s Graduate Medal

BVK Picture_sqCongratulations to Benjamin Van Kuiken for his accomplishments earning the College of Arts and Science Dean’s Graduate Medal in Natural Sciences. Benjamin is a graduate student in Assistant Professor Munira Khalil’s laboratory. The Dean’s Graduate Medal is awarded to four exceptional graduate students – one in each division of the College of Arts and Sciences – representing Arts, Humanities, Natural Science, and Social Sciences.

Chemistry graduate students awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

GRFP_logoFive graduate students working in the Department of Chemistry were awarded National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, with four additional students receiving an honorable mention. The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited U.S. institutions.

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship recipients:
Kimberly Hartstein, Gamelin Research Group
Heidi Nelson, Gamelin Research Group
Dana Sulas, Ginger Research Group
Niket Thakkar (Applied Math), Masiello Research Group
Caroline Weller, Chatterjee, Research Group

Honorable Mention:
Jonathan Goldberg, Heinekey and Goldberg Research Groups
Stephanie Hemmingson, Campbell Research Group
Patrick Lestrange, Li Research Group
Sarah Vorpahl, Ginger Research Group


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NSF GRFP Awards and Honorable Mentions: https://www.fastlane.nsf.gov/grfp/AwardeeList.do?method=loadAwardeeList

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program: http://www.nsfgrfp.org/

UW graduate Dr. Jason Farmer selected for Distinguished Dissertation

Chemistry alumnus Dr. Jason A. Farmer’s dissertation, “Direct Measurements of Chemical Bonding at Solid Surfaces using a Unique Calorimetric Method: Towards Understanding Surface Chemistry in Energy Technologies,” was selected by the University of Washington Graduate School as the University’s nomination for the 2010 CGS/UMI Distinguished Dissertation Award in Mathematics, Physical Sciences, and Engineering. Dr. Farmer’s dissertation now enters the nation-wide competition administered by the Council of Graduate Schools. The award is based on “original work making an unusually significant contribution to the discipline.” Dr. Farmer, who conducted his graduate work with Professor Charles Campbell, is also the first author on a paper that recently appeared in Science. Congratulations Dr. Farmer!

To read the abstract for Dr. Farmer’s recent publication (“Ceria Maintains Smaller Metal Catalyst Particles by Strong Metal-Support Bonding”), please see the Science article.

For more information about Professor Campbell and his research, please visit his faculty page or research group website.

Chemistry department recognizes new graduates

Recent chemistry graduatesOn Friday June 11, in the Husky Union Building, nearly 1000 students and their friends and family gathered to honor students who received bachelors and Ph.D. degrees in chemistry and biochemistry. About 150 undergrads received graduation recognition certificates, as did about 15 Ph.D. recipients. The guest speaker for the ceremony was Dr. Susan Solomon of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Boulder, Colorado. Dr. Solomon is a world-renowned atmospheric scientist, member of the National Academy of Sciences, and recipient of the National Medal of Science. She described some of the history of the Antarctic ozone hole, emphasizing the importance of individual contributors to the scientific enterprise.

Nearly 300 undergraduate students per year earn a bachelor’s degree in chemistry or biochemistry, making UW Chemistry the largest producer of these degrees in the U.S.

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Information about Dr. Susan Solomon

Graduate student Alejandro Briseno receives multiple awards

2008 ICI Student Award in Applied Polymer Science Symposium (Finalist): This Award, which is sponsored by ICI and administered through the Joint Polymer Education Committee of the ACS Divisions of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering (PMSE) and Polymer Chemistry (POLY), is given annually for the best paper presented at the ICI Award Symposium as part of the PMSE program at the Fall ACS Meeting.

2008 Frank J. Padden, Jr. Award (Finalist)- The Award honors a graduate student for “Excellence in Polymer Physics Research.” The student must be a member of the DPOLY, must be working toward the Ph.D. degree. The winner will be selected based on quality of the research, the presentation, and response to questions.

Xerox Technical Minority Fellowship- In demonstration of our commitment to the academic success of minority students and to the cultivation and recruitment of qualified minority employees in technical fields, scholarships are available in the amount $1,000 – $10,000).

2008 Materials Research Society (MRS) Travel Award- The award in the amount of $500 is to assist in travel expenses to attend the Spring MRS meeting in San Francisco.