The Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society (NESACS) established the James Flack Norris and Theodore William Richards Undergraduate Summer Fellowships to honor the memories of Professors Norris and Richards by promoting research interactions between undergraduate students and faculty.
This year’s NESACS summer research fellowship was awarded to Morris Cohen (BU Chemistry, Class of 2013), who joined the research group of Dr. Binyomin Abrams in the fall of 2011. Under the mentorship of Dr. Abrams and former PFF Dr. Adam Moser, Morris has been working on the development of an all-atom computational model for the meta-phenylene ethynylene class of foldamers – oligomers that fold into helical structures in solution using non-covalent interactions. Morris has been utilizing several software packages for this work, including Gaussian, CHARMM, and NAMD, on computational resources located at BU as well as the RANGER supercomputer at the University of Texas, Austin.
When Professor Emeritus Richard Laursen retired in 2009, his students and colleagues wanted to recognize his 43 years of excellent research, teaching, and mentoring by establishing the Laursen Fund in his honor. The goal is to raise $100,000. We are now halfway to meeting that goal.
Led by Chemistry alumnus Luis Ruzo (CAS 1970), a former Laursen undergraduate, the fund will help provide an annual summer research stipend for a graduate or undergraduate student from candidates nominated by their advisors.
Known for his exceptional mentoring, Rich Laursen, who is still actively pursuing his research interests in Chemistry, would very much like to see the capital grow so that the interest can annually support the training and nurturing of exceptional young scientists.