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Fellowship Awardees for 2009-2010

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Judy Chen

Sponsor: Organic Syntheses/Organic Reactions
Columbia University
Advisor: Nicholas Turro

Essay: Spin Isomers of Molecular Hydrogen and Improved Sensitivity for NMR and MRI. View Essay
Judy Chen earned a BS degree in Chemistry from UC Berkeley. She is currently a fourth year student in Professor Nicholas J. Turro's laboratory. Her current research interests are non-covalent host-guest interactions, spin chemistry and polarization induced signal enhancement.

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Alison Donnelly

Sponsor: Roche
University of Kansas
Advisor: Brian Blagg

Essay: Marine Natural Products as Anticancer Agents: Therapeutic Treasures from the Deep. View Essay
Alison Donnelly earned a BS degree in Chemistry from Case Western Reserve University. She is currently a fourth year student in Professor Brian Blagg's laboratory synthesizing and evaluating analogues of novobiocin as Hsp90 C-terminal inhibitors for the treatment of cancer and neurodegenerative diseases.

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Brett Fors

Sponsor: Boehringer Ingelheim
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Advisor: Stephen Buchwald

Essay: Metal-Mediated Trifluoro-methylation of Aryl Halides. View Essay
Brett Fors earned a BS degree in Chemistry from Montana State University. He is currently a fourth year student in Professor Stephen Buchwald's laboratory researching the development of new catalysts for C-N cross-coupling reactions.

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Stephen Lathrop

Sponsor: Sanofi Aventis
Colorado State University
Advisor: Tom Rovis

Essay: Replication Cycle of the Influenza Virus and Recent Syntheses of Nueraminidase Inhibitor Oseltamivir (TamifluTM). View Essay
Stephen Lathrop earned a BS degree in Chemistry from Indiana University. He is currently in his fourth year of graduate research in Professor Tom Rovis' lab, researching the development of multicatalytic cascade reactions utilizing N-heterocyclic carbenes as well as the total synthesis of cephalimysin A.

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Jeremy Lenhardt

Sponsor: Schering Plough
Duke University
Advisor: Stephen Craig

Essay: Mechanically Assisted Organic Transformations. View Essay
Jeremy Lenhardt earned a BS degree in Biochemistry from New Mexico State University. He is currently a third year student in Professor Stephen Craig's laboratory developing methods for directing chemical reactivity by mechanical force.

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Connor Martin

Sponsor: Amgen
University of California, Irvine
Advisor: Larry Overman

Essay: Oxidative Enolate Couplings in Complex Molecule Synthesis. View Essay
Connor Martin earned a BA degree in Chemistry from Washington University. He is currently a fourth year student in Professor Larry Overman's laboratory researching the total syntheses of actinophyllic acid and alkaloids that possess the condylocarpine carbon skeleton.

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Jason Schmink

Sponsor: GlaxoSmithKline
University of Connecticut
Advisor: Nicholas Leadbeater

Essay: Advancements in Asymmetric Synthesis Utilizing Gold (I)-Activation of Allenes. View Essay
Jason Schmink earned a BS degree in Chemistry from the University of Illinois. He is currently a fourth year student in Professor Nicholas Leadbeater's laboratory whose research is focused on expanding the scope of microwave-assisted organic chemistry including Pd-catalyzed new methodology development.

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Ellen Sletten

Sponsor: Genentech
University of California, Berkeley
Advisor: Carolyn Bertozzi

Essay: Bioorthogonal Chemical Reactions of Alkenes. View Essay
Ellen Sletten earned a BS degree in Chemistry from Stonehilll College. She is currently a fourth year student in Professor Carolyn Bertozzi's laboratory researching the development of cyclooctynes for Cu-free click chemistry.

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Kara Stowers

Sponsor: Eli Lilly & Co.
University of Michigan
Advisor: Melanie Sanford

Essay: Recent Advances in Ir-Catalyzed Allylic Substitution: Strides Toward Atom Economy and Applications in Synthesis. View Essay
Kara Stowers earned BS degrees in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering from the University of Utah. She is currently a fourth year student in Professor Melanie Sanford's laboratory investigating novel synthetic applications of palladium catalyzed C-H activation methodology.

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Joann Um

Sponsor: Novartis
University of California, Los Angeles
Advisor: Kenneth Houk

Essay: Trifunctional Organocatalysis. View Essay
Joann Um earned a BS degree in Biochemistry from Columbia University. She is currently a fourth year student in Professor K. N. Houk's laboratory using quantum mechanical methods to investigate the mechanisms and stereoselectivities of organic reactions.

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Kathy Woody

Sponsor: Organic Syntheses (Nelson Leonard Fellowship)
Georgia Institute of Technology
Advisor: David Collard

Essay: Synthesis of All-Conjugated Block Copolymers by Controlled Chain-Growth Condensation Polymerizations. View Essay
Kathy Woody earned a BS degree in Chemistry from the University of Kentucky. She is currently a fourth year student in Professor David Collard's lab researching the synthesis of novel, self-assembled conjugated polymers for use in organic electronic devices.


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