GENEVA, NY-Julia A. James, of Brooklyn, who will be entering her sophomore year at William Smith College in the fall, has been awarded a scholarship from the American Chemical Society based in Washington, D.C. The scholarship money will be applied toward James' college tuition, books, and laboratory fees. The award was granted based on James academic standing and current scientific study. Through the program James will also work with a mentor, Carol Parish, assistant professor of chemistry at Hobart and William Smith.
Attila E. Pavlath, president of American Chemical Society, said James was one of approximately 200 students from across the country given the award. “The selection of Julia James is an indication of our confidence in her ability to succeed in a rigorous course of scientific study,” Pavlath said.
This summer, James is working at Hobart and William Smith on an AIDS research project titled “Conformational Searching of Protease Inhibitors” after having received a grant from the Jessie B. Coxe Undergraduate Research Program. The research project, under the direction of Professor Parish, is geared toward discovering future potent HIV protease inhibitors. James and five other William Smith student researchers will present their findings at a poster presentation at the American Chemical Society national meeting in Chicago to be held in late August.
James intends to major in chemistry with a concentration in biochemistry and is considering pursuing a career in medicinal chemistry. While attending Hobart and William Smith, James has attended many of the Chemistry Seminars lecture series events that bring professionals to campus to discuss their work with interested students.
A graduate of James Madison High School in Brooklyn, James is a leader of the HWS chapter of the Intervarsity Christian Fellowship and has volunteered at the Center of Concern in Geneva.