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Jeong-Long Lin Fellowships Program

Contact Person: Professor Mary Roberts; mary.roberts.1@bc.edu

The Chemistry Department at Boston College established the Jeong-Long Lin Summer Research Fellowships Program in 2008.  The Program provides opportunities for undergraduate students to work in any of our faculty research laboratories along with Boston College undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

Three summer research fellowships are available every summer for college students outside of Boston College, who are finishing their sophomore and junior years and who are under-represented in professions related to the chemical sciences.  Under-represented groups include persons with disabilities; those from economically disadvantaged backgrounds; and persons from racial and ethnic groups that are underrepresented in the chemical sciences.  Applicants are selected based on careful consideration of a variety of factors, including their academic record, experience, and personal background. The stipend is $4,000 for 10 weeks during the summer. An announcement of this opportunity is posted on the department’s website in the spring and is also sent out to area chemistry departments.

Professor Jeong-Long Lin, a visionary physical chemist, served as Chair of the Chemistry Department at Boston College during a pivotal period in the department’s history.  His leadership emphasized the high standards of scholarship that have sustained the department’s excellence and continue to inspire us into the future.

Summer 2010 Jeong-Long Lin Fellows – Agnieszka Bellatreche, Ian Roundtree, and Lunecee Eligene – outside the Merkert Chemistry Center.

The Chemistry Department has named three Jeong-Long Lin Summer Research Fellows. For ten weeks over the summer, Lin Fellows are engaged in research in faculty laboratories at the Merkert Chemistry Center, where they join teams of postdoctoral fellows and graduate students.

Professor Mary Roberts welcomed two Lin Fellows into her laboratory. Agnieszka Bellatreche, from Salem State College, is learning molecular biological techniques and applying these to constructing a variant of a phospholipase C enzyme to be used for fluorescence correlation spectroscopy and monitoring binding of the protein to vesicles. Lunecee Eligene, from the University of Massachusetts at Boston, is synthesizing 13C-labeled phospholipids (phosphatidylserine and phosphatidic acid) for use in NMR experiments aimed at characterizing membrane dynamics and how they are affected by peripheral proteins. Working in the laboratory of Professor James Morken, Ian Roundtree, a Boston College undergraduate, has been developing a catalyst for the conversion of simple organic molecules to reactive organoboron reagents that are instrumental for the synthesis of complex molecules.

Former Jeong-Long Lin Fellows

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