William Smith Student Selected as United Negro College-Merck Fellow – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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William Smith Student Selected as United Negro College-Merck Fellow

Academic excellence cited in naming William Smith junior one of only 15 undergraduate students in the nation to receive top science scholarship

February 12, 2003 GENEVA, N.Y.—Julia A. James, of Brooklyn, a junior at William Smith College, has been chosen to be a 2003 United Negro College Fund-Merck Undergraduate Fellow. The award is one of the nation’s top science scholarships for African Americans studying in chemistry and biology. As a recipient James will receive funds to support her college-related expenses as well as two summer internships at Merck Company. The chemistry department will also receive a grant to support research in the department.

Only 15 undergraduates are awarded this honor each year. The award recognizes James’ academic achievements as well as the undergraduate research she has performed in the laboratory of Carol Parish, assistant professor of chemistry at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. For more than two years, James has been working on an AIDS research project titled “Conformational Searching of Protease Inhibitors.” The research project, under the direction of Professor Parish, is geared toward designing a template for future potent HIV protease inhibitors.

The research is supported through grants from the American Chemical Society-Petroleum Research Fund based in Washington, D.C.

While attending Hobart and William Smith, James has presented her research at several professional meetings including at two American Chemical Society national meetings, the March 2002 New England Science Symposium sponsored by Harvard University, and the 2002 Council of Undergraduate Research’s Posters on the Hill session. James is also one of 25 students scheduled to present at the Merck AAAS Scholars Research Symposium in Denver on February 15.

A graduate of James Madison High School in Brooklyn, James is the William Smith Class of 2004 class president and an active member of the HWS Intercultural Coalition. She is the recipient of Hobart and William Smith’s New York City scholarship.