Graduate News

Discover the groundbreaking research projects graduate students are working on, as well as prestigious awards and fellowships students are receiving.

  • April 11, 2014

    Doerrer Student Receives 2014 NSF Fellowship

    Ariel Hyre, a first-year graduate student in Professor Linda Doerrer's laboratory, has received a 2014 NSF Graduate Research Program Fellowship on her initial attempt.   NSF stated that she was awarded the 3-year fellowship based on her "outstanding abilities and accomplishments, as well as [her] potential to contribute to strengthening the vitality of the US science and engineering enterprise.”  Ariel, who came to BU after receiving her BS from Brandeis University in 2013 (Cum Laude, High Honors in Chemistry), is deeply committed to materials research that will contribute to environmentally sustainable energy. As an undergraduate, Ariel explored many aspects of chemistry, working... [ More ]

  • October 11, 2013

    Chow Receives NIH Pre-Doctoral Fellowship

    Jennifer Chow, a third-year graduate student in the group of Professor Adrian Whitty, has received an NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA).  Jennifer received the award for her initial submission, which is a singular honor given how competitive this award is each year.  Jennifer will receive 4 years of support to pursue her project, "Activation and Signaling Mechanism of the RET Tyrosine Kinase Receptor." The goal of Jennifer's project is to develop a system using Forster resonance energy transfer (FRET) to understand the changes that occur upon binding of ligand to growth factor receptors. Aim 1 will develop... [ More ]

  • August 30, 2013

    Golder Receives Vertex Scholar Award

    Matthew Golder is the recipient of the 2013-2014 Vertex Scholar Award.   The award is in recognition of his scientific creativity and leadership.  Matt is a fourth-year graduate student in the group of Prof. Ramesh Jasti. Matt has been working for the past 3 years in the development of synthetic procedures to produce cycloparaphenylenes, the simplest sub-segment of a metallic armchair carbon nanotube. His efforts have lead to three publications thus far (most recently a first author paper in Chemical Science) and several presentations at national meetings. Matt is the fourth Vertex Scholar in the Department. The award is made possible by Vertex... [ More ]

  • August 1, 2013

    Jasti Group Hosts Steppingstone Students

    For a second year in a row,  Prof. Ramesh Jasti's  group has hosted students from the Steppingstone Foundation to share with them the excitement of nanoscale research.   Steppingstone is a non-profit  that develops and implements programs which prepare urban schoolchildren for educational opportunities that lead to college success. This year the students learned about nanoscale materials and how their unique properties are a function of their size. The day started with  fun demonstrations of liquid nitrogen and an "explosive" Pringles can. The students then paired off to perform two separate hands-on laboratory experiments. The first lab illustrated the principle of chemical... [ More ]

  • July 30, 2013

    Vertex Continues Support of BUWIC Programs

    For the second year in a row, Vertex Pharmaceuticals has continued its support of Chemistry's student organization, Boston University Women in Chemistry (BUWIC).   Vertex's 2013-2014 support will help facilitate professional development opportunities for BUWIC members and advance chemistry education for young women.  BUWIC will use the funds to provide 10 conference registration fellowships, pay for seminar expenses associated with outside speakers, and advance chemistry training by bringing three high school students to experience hands-on research in BU Chemistry laboratories. There were 15 applications from high school students for the summer research opportunity.  Of these three were selected: Trizzi Lam, a rising high... [ More ]

  • July 25, 2013

    AstraZeneca Fellowship Awarded to Thomas Sisto

    Fourth-year graduate student Thomas Sisto in Prof. Ramesh Jasti's group has been awarded the 2013-2014 AstraZeneca Fellowship in Organic Chemistry. The award is in recognition of his scientific creativity and productivity. Tom joined the Jasti research group as a Dean’s Fellow in the Summer of 2010. Since then he has published four papers (three as a first author). Currently Tom's research aim is to synthesize a carbon nanotube by organic synthesis. Achieving this goal will be an enormous accomplishment for organic chemistry, as well as for materials science. At the same time, he has developed a collaborative project with Prof. Colin... [ More ]

  • July 16, 2013

    Demonstrating Chemistry – Learning Chemistry

    This May, the BU Department of Chemistry, in collaboration with the student organization, BU Women in Chemistry (BUWIC), hosted 85 students from English High School and Brighton High School (BHS) for our fifth annual Chemistry Day.   The successful day was coordinated by third-year graduate student, Kathryn Summo (Schaus Group), the BUWIC Outreach Coordinator, with the assistance of faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates.  Photos taken by the participants can be seen on flickr. The day started with demonstrations of liquid nitrogen, the sublimation of carbon dioxide with pH indicators, and making “Elephant’s Toothpaste,” which according to BHS teacher, [ More ]

  • April 29, 2013

    Hirst Receives AAUW Fellowship

    The American Association of University Women (AAUW) has awarded Liz Hirst, a fifth year graduate student in the Jasti Group, with a year-long American Fellowship that will enable her to complete her dissertation research in the next year. Hirst's research is highly interdisciplinary, combining chemistry, physics, and materials science.  The focus of her work is the synthesis of novel cycloparaphenylenes (CPPs) with nitrogen incorporated into the backbone. CPPs represent the smallest unit cell of a metallic carbon nanotube (CNT). Also termed carbon nanohoops, CPPs consist of all para linked benzene rings.  Nitrogen-doped CPP synthesis will enable a fundamental exploration of the... [ More ]

  • May 11, 2012

    BU Chemistry Day 2012

    BU Chemistry hosted more than 100 students from the Boston Community Leadership Academy (BCLA) and English High School on May 4, 2012 for the fourth annual Chemistry Day. The morning long program began with a demonstration session given by BU Chemistry undergraduates and coordinated by Postdoctoral Faculty Fellow (PFF)  Dr. Seann Mulcahy. The demonstration explored pH, having fun with liquid nitrogen, synthesizing nylon, and making "Elephant's Toothpaste." After the demonstration, students spent time in our undergraduate teaching labs performing experiments in electrochemistry of metals (a variation on a CH 101 undergraduate lab experiment), electrolysis of salt water, and identifying antioxidants... [ More ]

  • September 2, 2011

    Tian Qin Named Vertex Scholar

    The recipient of this year's Vertex Scholar Award is Tian Qin, a third year student in the Professor John Porco's Research Group. His selection was based on his development of an extremely elegant and enabling synthetic methodology towards a very difficult series of natural product targets with anticancer and cytotoxic activity. This work was recently published as a Communication in the Journal of the American Chemical Society. His contributions to student mentoring are also recognized by his selection for this award award. Tian came to BU in 2008 from the Graduate University of the Chinese Academy of Science, where he... [ More ]

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