Chemistry Grad Students Reap Bushel of Awards

Chemistry Grad Students Reap Bushel of Awards

By Mark Sullivan
Staff Writer

Boston College's Chemistry Department has been enjoying good news on awards as it builds a national reputation for research.

Post-doctoral fellows George Greco (right) and Richard Cesati, who earned National Service Research Awards from the National Institutes of Health, are among the Chemistry Department's graduate students recognized for outstanding research.
(Photo By Lee Pelligrini)
Two post-doctoral fellows in chemistry at Boston College, George Greco of Prof. Marc Snapper's group and Richard Cesati of Vanderslice Millennium Professor Amir Hoveyda's group, have won National Service Research Awards from the National Institutes of Health.

David Guerin, one of Assoc. Prof. Scott Miller's graduate students, has received an American Chemical Society Division of Organic Chemistry Graduate Fellowship for the 2001-02 academic year.

Gabriel Weatherhead, a fifth-year student in Hoveyda's lab, was recently chosen as one of 10 research fellows at the Bristol-Myers Squibb Pharmaceutical Research Institute.

"These are highly competitive awards and speak very well of the quality of the science that is being done at Boston College," said Chemistry chairman Prof. David McFadden.

Meantime, Courtney Luchaco-Cullis, a fifth-year student in Hoveyda's lab, is the inaugural winner of the Schering-Plough Research Fellowship in Synthetic Organic Chemistry, made possible by a donation of $25,000 per year for four years from the Schering-Plough Research Institute.

Also, pharmaceutical giant Bristol-Myers Squibb has added Boston College's organic chemistry program to a select list of departments that may submit nominations for graduate student fellowships.

The company adds to its list based on demonstrated excellence in research and graduate training. Others on the list include Harvard, Columbia, Yale and Princeton universities, the University of California-Irvine, California Institute of Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Scripps Institute.

"The addition of BC's organic program to this truly elite group bears another strong testimony to our achievements and ability to capture the imagination of many colleagues in academia and industry," said Hoveyda.

"We strive, as a department, to rise to a position of national and international prominence and leadership as a center of research and learning in chemistry. We will be satisfied with nothing less."


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