Chemist Scott Miller Is Awarded Sloan Fellowship

By Kathleen Sullivan
Staff Writer

Asst. Prof. Scott Miller (Chemistry) has been awarded a 2000 Sloan Research Fellowship by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, making him one of only 23 chemists in the country this year to receive the prestigious award.

The fellowships, which have been awarded to 104 scientists this year, are intended to enhance the careers of young faculty members in the fields of chemistry, computer science, economics, mathematics, neuroscience and physics. Sloan Fellows receive a $40,000 grant to support their research.

"I am very excited about the opportunity to push our science forward," said Miller, who was nominated for the fellowship by Vanderslice Millennium Professor of Chemistry Amir Hoveyda. "We work on the discovery of catalysts that are of value in the synthesis of pharmaceuticals. There is a lot of research we would like to do in this area. The more efficiently pharmaceutical companies can synthesize pharmaceuticals, the less expensive they are to produce."

Miller said the award will be put toward supplies, equipment and undergraduate and graduate student research assistance.

"Scott is an outstanding junior faculty member who represents the future of our department," said Chemistry Department Chairman Prof. Larry McLaughlin. "His recognition by the Sloan Foundation speaks to the quality of his work and the importance of his scientific contribution."

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