Fuson Travel Award

Up to six Fuson Travel Awards are given annually to organic students to present their research at the ACS National Meetings or at other professional meetings such as Gordon Research Conferences. The awards are made to honor and celebrate the accomplishments of R.C. Fuson who was a distinguished faculty member at the University of Illinois for 35 years. The Fuson endowment also funds the annual R.C. Fuson lectureship series. Recent recipients of the Fuson travel awards and the lectures they gave or will give at ACS meetings are listed below.

Spring 2018 - New Orleans, LA (ACS Meeting)

Linna An (van der Donk)
"Substrate-Assisted Enzymatic Formation of Lysinoalanine in Duramycin"
(Natural Products and Bioactive Compounds - GRC)

Travis Buchanan (Hull)
"Cu-Catalyzed Three-Component Carboamination of Alkenes"
(Heterocyclic Compounds - GRC)

Hailey Knox (Chan)
"A Bioreducible N-Oxide-Based Probe for Photoacoustic Imaging of Hypoxia"


Fall 2017 - Washington, DC (ACS Meeting)

Kaibo Feng (White)
"Remote Oxidation of Aliphatic C–H Bonds in Nitrogen-Containing Molecules"
(Organic Reactions & Processes - GRC)

Lucas Hernandez (Sarlah)
"Total Synthesis of (+)-7-Deoxypancratistatin from Benzene"


Spring 2017 - San Francisco, CA (ACS Meeting)

Stephen Ammann (White)
"Enantioselective Allylic C–H Oxidation of Terminal Olefins to Isochromans via Pd(II)/Chiral Sulfoxide Catalysis"
(Organic Reactions & Processes - GRC)

Graham Hudson (Mitchell)
"Expanding Thiopeptide Chemical Space Through In Vitro Enzymatic Synthesis"
(Enzymes, Coenzymes & Metabolic Pathways - GRC)

Emma Southgate (Sarlah)
"Total Synthesis of Lycoricidine Through Chemical Dearomatization of Bromobenzene"


Fall 2016 - Philadelphia, PA (ACS Meeting)

Emily Ulrich (van der Donk)
"Structural Basis for the Mechanistic Divergence of 2-Hydroxyethylphosphonate Oxygenases"
(Enzymes, Coenzymes & Metabolic Pathways - GRC)

Zhao Wu (Hull)
"Rhodium-Catalyzed Dehydrogenative Amidation of Allylic Alcohols and Amines for the Synthesis of Beta-Chiral Amides"
(Organic Reactions & Processes - GRC)


Spring 2016 - San Diego, CA (ACS Meeting)

Long Luu (Zimmerman)
"On-Target Synthesis and Selection of Modular Therapeutic Agents for Myotonic Dystrophy"

Michelle Richter (Hergenrother)
"Defining the Physicochemical Features That Dictate Small-molecule Accumulation in Gram-negative Bacteria"
(New Antibacterial Discovery and Development - GRC)

Andy Thomas (Denmark)
"Unraveling the Transmetalation Event in the Suzuki-Miyaura Reaction"


Fall 2015 - Boston, MA (ACS Meeting)

Andrea Ambrosi (Denmark)
"The Mechanistic Significance of the Si-O-Pd Bond in the Palladium-Catalyzed Cross-Coupling of Alkenyl-and Arylsilanolates"

Andrew Ickes (Hull)
"Rhodium-Mediated Substrate Controlled Markovnikov Hydroamination"

Rob Hicklin (Hergenrother)
"Chemical Diversification of Pleuromutilin Leads to the Discovery of a Novel Anticancer Agent"


Spring 2015 - Denver, CO (ACS meeting)

Thomas Osberger (White)
"N-Boc Amines to Oxazolidinones via Pd(II) / Bis-sulfoxide / Brønsted Acid Co-Catalyzed Allylic C-H Oxidation"

Michael Lambrecht (Hergenrother)
"The Chemistry and Biology of Homogeneous ADP-Ribose Oligomers"

Hyung Min Chi (Denmark)
"Lewis Base Catalyzed, Enantioselective, Intramolecular Sulfenoamination of Olefins"


Fall 2014 - San Francisco, CA (ACS Meeting)

Patricia Blair (Mitchell)
"Investigation of the Mechanism of Action of a Species-Selective Antibacterial Compound"

Marshall Brennan (Fout)
"Ligand Effects in Enabling Two-Electron Redox on CO(I) Disilazide Complexes: Applications to Catalytic Cross-Coupling Reactions"

Tony Grillo (Burke)
"Restoring Growth in Protein Deficient Yeast with a Small Molecule"


Spring 2014 - Dallas, TX (ACS Meeting)

Lindsey Cullen (Denmark)
"Catalytic Conjugate Addition of Acyl Anion Equivalents Promoted by Fluorodesilyation"

Stephen Davis (Burke)
"Non-Toxic Amphotericin B Derivatization Guided by a Ligand-Selective Allosteric Effects Strategy"


Fall 2013 - Indianapolis, IN (ACS Meeting)

Jagadeeswaran Chandrasekar (Silverman)
"Catalytic DNA with Phosphatase Activity"

Scott Sisco (Moore)
"Dynamic Deracemization of BINOL-Based Arylene-Ethynylene Macrocycles"


Fall 2013 - Gordon Research Conference - (Colby-Sawyer College)

Elizabeth Parkinson (Hergenrother)
"Efficient NQ01 Substrates are Potent and Selective Anticancer Agents"


Spring 2013 - New Orleans, LA (ACS Meeting)

John Hung (van der Donk)
"Investigating the Mechanistic Role of Arg301 in Phosphite Dehydrogenase"

Claire Knezevic (Hergenrother)
"The Development of Selective Poly(ADP-Ribose) Glycohydrolase Inhibitors"

Tucker Maxson (Mitchell)
"Development of streptolysis S inhibitors as anti-virulence drugs"


Fall 2012 - Philadelphia, PA (ACS Meeting)

Paul Gormisky (White)
"Synthetic Versatility in C-H Oxidation"

Shauna Paradine (White)
"Iron-Catalyzed Intramolecular Allylic C-H Amination"

Yanxiang (Nancy) Shi (van der Donk)
"Heterologous Production of Actagardine in E. coli"


Spring 2012- San Diego, CA (ACS Meeting)

Noah Bindman (van der Donk)
"Flourescent Labeling of Lantipeptides"

Junqi Li (Burke)
"Pinene-Derived Iminodiacetic Acid (PIDA): A Powerful Ligand for Stereoselective Synthesis and Iterative Cross-Coupling of C(sp3)Boronate Building Blocks"

Karen Morrison (Hergenrother)
"Accessing Stereochemically Complex and Structurally Diverse Compounds through Chemical Modification of Gibberellic Acid, and their Activity in Biological Systems"


Fall 2011 - Denver, CO (ACS Meeting)

Marinus Bigi (White)
"Carboxylic acid-directed C-H oxidations using a non-heme iron catalyst: mixed oxygenase/desaturase activity"
(Natural Products GRC)

Seiko Fujii (Burke)
"Total Synthesis of Synechoxanthin via Umpolung Iterative Cross-Coupling"

Lawrence Wolf (Denmark)
"The Application of QSAR/QSSR Methods for Catalyst Evaluation and Development in Phase Transfer Catalysis"


Spring 2011 - Anaheim, CA (ACS Meeting)

Trent Oman (van der Donk)
"Sublancin is not a Lantibiotic but an S-linked Glycopeptide"

Eric Woerly (Burke)
"Stereocontrolled Total Synthesis of Peridinin and the Mechanism of Carotenoid Antilipoperoxidant Activity"

Chun-Ho Wong (Zimmerman)
"Binding Mode Studies of Small Molecule Inhibition for Myotonic Dystrophy"