Philip Kocheril, a student in the Zimmerman group, was awarded a Barry M. Goldwater scholarship for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 academic years in recognition for his potential to contribute to the advancement of research in the natural sciences, mathematics or engineering.
- The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans, a graduate school program for immigrants and children of immigrants, recently announced their 2019 Fellows. Among this year’s recipients is Daniel Najera a doctoral student in the Fout group.
- Joe Nugent, whose research focusing on dehydrogenation chemistry using cobalt pincer complexes, was selected to receive a TechnipFMC Fellowship for 2019-20.
- Elizabeth Murphy received the Susan Teegarden Morrison Leadership Scholarship from the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs based on her roles as secretary and outreach chair in the American Chemical Society Student Chapter.
- Lucas Akin was one of seven graduate students who were chosen to receive the 2019 Beckman Institute Graduate Fellowships. The program offers University of Illinois graduate students at the M.A., M.S., or Ph.D. level the opportunity to pursue interdisciplinary research at the institute.
- Douglas Chan and Rana Youssef, were among 12 students who were chosen to receive Beckman Institute student awards. The awards, which are presented to undergraduate and graduate students, will be presented during a reception in May.
- The Urbana School District recognized the Cena y Ciencias program during their recent board meeting. The outreach program, of which Dr. Joaquín Rodríguez-López is a co-leader and active participant, gives children, grades K-5, an opportunity to participate in different science activities, led completely in Spanish, while sharing a meal. Thus the name Cena y Ciencias (Spanish for "Supper and Science").
- Three University of Illinois chemistry students have won the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship.
- The Karen Wold Level the Learning Field Award is given by the Division of Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES) in memory of Karen Wold who was an access specialist at DRES. Karen spent her career engaging with her students and faculty to find solutions to academic challenges. She wanted to make the learning field more level and accessible to all.
- Zachary Gossage receives a 2019 American Chemical Society Division of Analytical Chemistry Graduate FellowshipThis 2019 American Chemical Society (ACS) Division of Analytical Chemistry (DAC) Graduate Fellowship, which was sponsored by the Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh, was given to Zachary Gossage, a 4th year graduate student in the Rodríguez-López group.
- Elizabeth Neumann was chosen by a committee that includes students and faculty to receive the Graduate Student Leadership Award. The award, given by the Graduate College, celebrates graduate students who have engaged in outstanding service that has positively impacted the campus or wider community. She received the award at the Graduate Student Leadership lunch on May 2.
- Martin Burke and graduate students discovered a new use for an existing drug in the treatment of cystic fibrosisAn approved drug normally used to treat fungal infections could also do the job of a protein channel that is missing or defective in the lungs of people with cystic fibrosis, operating as a prosthesis on the molecular scale, says new research from the University of Illinois and the University of Iowa.
- The Sanibel meeting on quantum chemistry, dynamics, condensed matter physics and their biological applications was organized by the University of Florida’s Quantum Theory Project.
- For centuries, chemists have been preoccupied with the question of how molecular structure relates to function, be it an antibiotic, fragrance, flame retardant, pigment, or vitamin—essentially, every natural and man-made object on Earth.
- Charmaine Ong, Chemistry major, was awarded The Illinois Club’s Make A Difference scholarship at their annual Scholarship Brunch on Saturday, March 2.