Seven HWS Chemists Receive Prestigious Graduate Fellowships – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Seven HWS Chemists Receive Prestigious Graduate Fellowships

April 24, 2003 GENEVA, N.Y.–Six chemistry majors and one alum at Hobart and William Smith have been accepted into the chemistry Ph.D. programs at Yale, Carnegie Mellon, Dartmouth, Notre Dame and the University of California-Santa Barbara. Each has conducted extensive research as an undergraduate and has been awarded full tuition waiver and generous graduate assistantship to support his or her work in chemistry.

Philip Baker, a Hobart senior, will attend the University of Notre Dame in the fall. He will graduate from the Colleges in May with an A.C.S. certified B.S. degree in chemistry and a minor in environmental studies. Baker has completed undergraduate research with Professor Christine de Denus working on the synthesis and electrochemical studies of metal containing oligomers and polymers. Baker is a co-author on a forthcoming research publication in Macromolecular Symposia titled “Electrochemical Investigations of Oligomers and Polymers Containing Ruthenium and Iron-Arene Complexes” and he has presented his work at both regional and national conferences within the past two years. Baker, the son of Robert Baker of Rochester, and Darlene Giardina, of Hilton, played offense for the Hobart Statesmen football team. He is currently the vice president of the Kappa Sigma fraternity, a member of the HWS chemistry club, a George I. Alden Trust Scholar and a newly inducted member into Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society. Throughout the year, he has volunteered at the Boys and Girls Club of Geneva, the Geneva Community Lunch Program, and the Geneva Boxing Club. He is also a Statesmen scholar athlete.

Jennifer Pratt, a William Smith senior from Rochester, N.Y., will attend Yale University in the fall. Pratt will graduate from the Colleges in May with an A.C.S. certified B.S. degree in chemistry and a minor in French. As an undergraduate at HWS, Pratt has completed more than two years of research in Professor Carol Parish’s laboratory including two full-time summer fellowships where she studied the flexibility of HIV-1 protease inhibitor drugs and organodisiloxane oligomers. Pratt has had two research publications in the Journal of Inorganic and Organometallic Polymers and the forthcoming Macromolecular Symposia. She has presented the results of her work at two national American Chemical Society meetings and at numerous regional meetings. Pratt is the recipient of a 2002 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, a 2001 Council on Undergraduate Research Summer Fellowship and a 2002 American Chemical Society Summer Fellowship. Pratt has received the First Year Chemistry Achievement award, the Organic Chemistry Achievement award and the Physical Chemistry Achievement award. She is a member of the Sigma Xi Honorary Research Society and the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. While at HWS, Pratt has been on the Dean’s List and was awarded the Helen Millerd Baer Class of 1918 Scholarship.

Mary Reid, a William Smith senior from Amherst, N.Y., will attend Dartmouth University in the fall. Reid will graduate Hobart and William Smith in May with a B.S. degree in chemistry with a concentration in biochemistry and a minor in science and society. As an undergraduate, Reid completed more than two years of research at the Buffalo and New York State – Valhalla Forensics laboratories. She has presented the results of her work at numerous regional meetings. Reid is a member of the Sigma Xi Honorary Research Society and was an active member of the William Smith crew team.

Kristin Schram, William Smith senior from Rochester, N.Y., will attend Yale University in the fall. She will graduate from the Colleges in May with an A.C.S. certified B.S. degree in chemistry and a minor in theatre. As an undergraduate at HWS, Schram has completed more than a year of research with Professor Carol Parish including one full-time summer fellowship where she studied the flexibility of the HIV-1 protease inhibitor drugs Indinavir, Nelfinavir and Tipranavir. The results of her work are soon to be submitted for publication. She presented the results of her work at the national American Chemical Society meeting in Chicago and at numerous regional meetings. Schram is the recipient of a 2001 Merck/AAAS Summer Research Fellowship, the HWS Analytical Chemistry Achievement award and the 2001 Holland Prize for Physics Oration. Schram is a member of the Sigma Xi Honorary Research Society and the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. In her spare time, she is an active participant in HWS theatre, the comedy improv group and is a board member of the chemistry club. Additionally, Schram has been on the Dean’s List, a member of the Laurel Society and received the Nathan D. Lapham Prize.

Emelyn Smith, a William Smith senior, will attend Carnegie Mellon University in the fall. Smith is from Tunkhannock, Penn. She will graduate from Hobart and William Smith in May with an A.C.S. certified B.S. degree in chemistry and a minor in mathematics and environmental science. As an undergraduate at HWS, Smith has completed more than two years of research with Professor Carol Parish including two full-time summer fellowships where she studied the role of flexibility in polyazamacrolide O-to-N acyl migrations. Smith had one peer-reviewed publication in the Journal of Molecular Graphics and Modeling with another one on the way. She has presented the results of her work at two national American Chemical Society meetings and at numerous regional meetings. Smith is the recipient of a 2001 Council on Undergraduate Research Summer Fellowship, a 2002 American Chemical Society Summer Fellowship and the 2002 HWS Pim-Tegmo Chemistry Achievement award. She is a member of the Sigma Xi Honorary Research Society and the Laurel Society. In her spare time, Smith is a participant in HWS theatre as a stage manager, actor, writer and director.

John Unger, a 2000 Hobart graduate, will attend the University of California, Santa Barbara in the fall. Unger is currently a research chemist at Atofina in Philadelphia, Penn., where he has worked since his graduation. Unger graduated from the Colleges with a B.S. degree in biochemistry and a minor in writing colleagues. As an undergraduate at HWS, he completed more than two years of research including one full-time summer fellowship where he developed a synthetic strategy for one-pot reductive amination. He completed his research at HWS with Professors Owen Priest and Christine de Denus. Unger presented the results of his work at the national American Chemical Society meeting in Boston and at numerous regional meetings. While at HWS Unger was a member of the Orange Key Society and an active Chemistry and Writing Colleague. He is a member of the Sigma Xi Honorary Research Society.

Lauren Wendell, a William Smith senior from Cape Elizabeth, Maine, will attend the University of Notre Dame in the fall. Wendell has completed undergraduate research with Professor Alexis Puerta working on the synthesis and characterization of ceramic materials. She will graduate from Hobart and William Smith with a B.S. degree in chemistry and a double minor in environmental studies and economics. As an undergraduate at HWS, Wendell is completing a year of research and will be presenting her results at the upcoming American Chemical Society Rochester meeting in April. While at HWS she has been named to the Dean’s List, is a member of the Sigma Xi Honorary Research Society and played mid-field for the William Smith Heron’s soccer team.