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Winners Of Graduate Organic Fellowships Announced

November 2, 2009 | A version of this story appeared in Volume 87, Issue 44

The ACS Division of Organic Chemistry has announced its annual fellowships to outstanding third- and fourth-year graduate students in organic chemistry. Awardees are selected by an independent committee on the basis of their research accomplishments and a short original essay.

Each winner will receive a stipend of $26,000 and present a poster at the 2011 National Organic Symposium, in Prince­ton, N.J. The winners are listed below, along with their research projects and award sponsors.

Judy Chen of Columbia University is studying noncovalent host-guest interactions, spin chemistry, and polarization-induced signal enhancement. Sponsor: Organic Syntheses/Organic Reactions.

Alison Donnelly of the University of Kansas is synthesizing and evaluating analogs of novobiocin as Hsp90 C-terminal inhibitors for the treatment of cancer and neurodegenerative diseases. Sponsor: Roche.

Brett Fors of Massachusetts Institute of Technology is researching the development of new catalysts for C–N cross-coupling reactions. Sponsor: Boehringer Ingelheim.

Stephen Lathrop of Colorado State University is researching the development of multicatalytic cascade reactions utilizing N-heterocyclic carbenes, as well as the total synthesis of cephalimysin A. Sponsor: Sanofi-Aventis.

Jeremy Lenhardt of Duke University is developing methods for directing chemical reactivity by mechanical force. Sponsor: Schering-Plough.

Connor Martin of the University of California, Irvine, is researching the total syntheses of actinophyllic acid and alkaloids that possess the condylocarpine carbon skeleton. Sponsor: Amgen.

Jason Schmink of the University of Connecticut, Storrs, is doing research on how to expand the scope of microwave-assisted organic chemistry, including Pd-catalyzed methodology development. Sponsor: GlaxoSmithKline.

Ellen Sletten of UC Berkeley is researching the development of cyclooctynes for Cu-free click chemistry. Sponsor: Genentech.

Kara Stowers of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, is investigating novel synthetic applications of palladium-catalyzed C–H activation methodology. Sponsor: Eli Lilly & Co.

Joann Um of UCLA is using quantum mechanical methods to investigate the mechanisms and stereoselectivities of organic reactions. Sponsor: Novartis.

Kathy Woody of Georgia Institute of Technology is researching the synthesis of novel, self-assembled conjugated polymers for use in organic electronic devices. Sponsor: Organic Reactions (Nelson Leonard Fellowship).

Linda Wang compiles this section. Announcements of awards may be sent to Linda Wang at



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