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Hobart Student Receives Internship with Leading Pharmaceutical Company

Hobart junior Mike Kelly will be working this summer for Merck & Co., Inc., one of the leading research-driven pharmaceutical companies in the world.

May 2, 2002 GENEVA, N.Y.—For 10 weeks this summer, chemistry major Michael J. Kelly III will be working in the medicinal chemistry department at a Merck research laboratory in West Point, Pa. He’ll be conducting research using protein synthesis, mass spectroscopy, and high performance liquid chromatography.

Kelly said he was pleased to make it through the application process and be offered a paid summer internship at Merck. In order to apply for the position, students needed to possess a grade point average of at least a 3.3, submit two letters of recommendation, and have prior research experience.

“I was up against a lot of students from bigger colleges like Harvard and Berkeley. I was ecstatic to find out I had been accepted. This is a really big step in my career,” said Kelly, who wants to be a pharmaceutical chemist.

At Hobart, Kelly is a member of the Chemistry Club, a concert committee representative, and a brother at Sigma Phi. He has been involved in community service work at the Geneva soup kitchen and fundraisers to benefit Multiple Sclerosis. Last summer, he worked at Atofina Chemicals Inc. in King of Prussia, Pa., conducting research and analysis on organotin and organosilicon based polymer stabilizers, and more.

Kelly is the son of Michael Jr. and Diane Kelly of Wayne, Pa. He is a 1999 graduate of Conestoga High School in Berwyn, Pa.

Merck & Co., Inc., is a leading company in research-driven pharmaceutical products and services. Merck discovers, develops, manufactures and markets a broad range of products said to improve human and animal health, directly and through its joint ventures.

Hobart and William Smith Colleges are coordinate, private, liberal arts institutions, located in Geneva, N.Y. The Colleges have a combined enrollment of 1,800 and offer a broad array of majors and minors, with a cross-disciplinary flavor intended to better inform both professional and intellectual pursuits. The Colleges are noted for an ambitious emphasis on international study, and for their programs in community service. Hobart College for men and William Smith College for women share faculty, facilities, and curriculum, but maintain separate dean's offices, athletics programs, student governments, and traditions.