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Six Chemists Receive Prestigious Graduate Fellowships

Six chemistry majors have accepted graduate fellowships from Boston College, University of Nebraska, Oxford University, Purdue University and the University of Virginia. Each student will receive full tuition waivers and generous graduate assistantships to support his or her work toward the doctorate. Students chose these schools from among competitive offers made by Dartmouth College, Indiana University, Arizona University, University of Maryland, University of Pittsburgh, UC-Riverside, UC-Irvine, University of Florida, Syracuse University, University of Rochester, University of Utah, SUNY-Stony Brook, Boston University, University of Vermont and the University of Alabama.

Aaron CoffinAaron Coffin ’04 will attend Boston College in the fall, where he plans to pursue a Ph.D. in synthetic organic chemistry. He will graduate with an A.C.S. certified B.S. degree with a minor in environmental science. Coffin completed two and a half years of undergraduate research at HWS in the laboratory of Professor Erin Pelkey. He worked on the preparation of 3,4-diaryl-3-pyrrolin-2-ones, compounds which have potential as anti-cancer agents. This work culminated in an honors projected titled “A Novel Synthetic Approach to Biologically Active Heterocycles,” and a portion of his work will soon be submitted for publication to the Journal of Organic Chemistry. Coffin has presented his results at the National American Chemistry Society meeting in Boston and also at regional American Chemical Society meetings at SUNY-Brockport and HWS. He was also recently inducted into the Sigma Xi Honorary Scientific Research Society. Coffin is the son of Robert and Suzanne Coffin of Skaneateles, N.Y.

Evan P. HurleyEvan P. Hurley ’04 will attend the University of Nebraska in the fall. He will graduate with a B.S. degree in chemistry (concentration in biochemistry) and a minor in medieval European studies. Hurley has completed undergraduate research with Professor Bradley Kraft working on the synthesis and study of conformationally dynamic transition-metal complexes using variable temperature proton nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. He has also conducted research with Professor Martel Zeldin working on the synthesis of a 4-n allylmethylaminopyridine tethered to a polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS) which incorporates a supernucleophilic catalytic center. Hurley will present his work on Saturday, April 24, at the regional American Chemical Society meeting at Roberts Wesleyan University. Hurley, the son of Patrick and Lucille Hurley of Rutland, Vt., is a former member of the Statesmen ice hockey team and a current member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity, the HWS chemistry club and the Make-A-Wish club. He was recently inducted into Sigma Xi, the honorary Scientific Research Society. He has volunteered at the Geneva Boxing Club and the Geneva Community Lunch Program and has participated in several HWS Day of Service events.

Julia JamesJulia James ’04 will attend Oxford University in the fall as a 2004 Rhodes Scholar where she will pursue the D. Phil. in Immunology. James has completed more than three years of undergraduate research in the laboratory of Professor Carol Parish, where she investigated the conformational flexibility of HIV protease inhibitor drugs. In addition, James completed a summer of research at Merck Research Labs in 2003 as a UNCF-Merck fellow. James has presented the results of her work widely, including lectures and poster presentations at regional and national scientific meetings and her results are currently in preparation for submission to the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry. James has received the Barry M. Goldwater and American Chemical Society Fellowships and was the recipient of a 2002 American Chemical Society Undergraduate Research Fellowship and a 2001 Jesse B. Coxe Undergraduate Research Fellowship. She received the First Year Chemistry Achievement award, the 2002 Holland Prize for Physics Oration and was recently inducted into the Sigma Xi Honorary Scientific Research Society.

Adam LaniousAdam Lanious ’04 will attend the University of Virginia in the fall where he plans to pursue a Ph.D. in organometallic chemistry. He will graduate with an A.C.S. certified B.S. degree in chemistry with a double major in music. Lanious completed one year of undergraduate research in the laboratory of Professor Erin Pelkey, where he worked on the preparation of 2-ketopyrroles, compounds which possess promising anti-cancer activity. He will present his work on Saturday, April 24, at the regional American Chemical Society meeting at Roberts Wesleyan. He was also recently inducted into the Sigma Xi Honorary Scientific Research Society. Lanious is the son of Janet and Joseph Lanious of Pulaski, N.Y.

Elina TserlinElina Tserlin ’04 will attend Boston College in the fall where she plans to pursue a Ph.D. in synthetic organic chemistry. Tserlin completed more than two years of undergraduate research in the laboratory of Professor Erin Pelkey. She worked on the preparation of 3-pyrrolin-2-ones, compounds which have potential as anti-cancer agents and also anti-inflammatory agents. This work culminated in an honors projected titled “Synthetic Approach to the Lactam Analogue of Vioxx,” and a portion of her work will soon be submitted for publication to the Journal of Organic Chemistry. Tserlin has presented her results at the National American Chemistry Society meeting in Boston and also at the regional American Chemical Society meeting at SUNY-Brockport. She was also recently inducted into the Sigma Xi Honorary Scientific Research Society. Tserlin is the daughter of Valentina Mazina and Anatoly Tserlin of Bellmore, N.Y.

Matthew YargerMatthew Yarger ’04 will attend Purdue University in the fall to pursue the Ph.D. in chemistry. He will graduate with an A.C.S. certified B.S. degree in chemistry and a double minor in religious studies and environmental studies. As an undergraduate, Yarger has completed two years of research in Professor Carol Parish’s laboratory where he has studied the flexibility of a series of cyclic urea HIV-1 protease inhibitor drugs. Yarger has lectured on these results at the 2003 regional American Chemical Society meeting in Brockport, N.Y. and has recently submitted this work for publication in the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry. Yarger is the recipient of the 2003 Pim Tegmo Award for Achievement in Chemistry and was recently inducted into the Sigma Xi Honorary Scientific Research Society. He is the son of Robert and Susan Yarger from Gorham, N.Y. While at HWS, he was a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity and a HWS chemistry club board member. He also worked as a student athletic trainer and was recognized by the Canandaigua Chamber of Commerce Safety Council for his lifesaving efforts in that capacity. In addition, Yarger has participated in the Geneva Community Lunch program and the America Reads program.