Chemistry at Brown Welcomes Leadership Alliance Summer Researchers

The Department of Chemistry welcomes Carson Cole and Maria Vargas-Rivera, two students from the Leadership Alliance Summer Research Early Identification Program (SR-EIP) for Summer 2018. The Leadership Alliance, of which Brown is a member, is a consortium of over 30 institutions and the private sector providing research experiences for undergraduates. The SR-EIP prepares participants to be competitive graduate school applicants by incorporating mentoring, networking, and advising into the research experience.


Cole_Carson.pngCarson Cole

Carson is a rising senior from Weber State University majoring in chemistry and minoring in mathematics and Japanese. For his research experience, he selected Brown with an interest in Prof. Brenda Rubenstein’s theoretical/computational chemistry group, in which he will complete his project. Carson applied to the SR-EIP to work alongside researchers from various backgrounds. He states that the program has been an enriching opportunity, learning from a group of people diverse in race, ethnicity, and research interests.



Vargas_maria.pngMaria Vargas Rivera

Maria, a rising senior majoring in chemistry, joins us from the University of Puerto Rico at Aguadilla. As part of developing a competitive graduate school application, Maria applied to the SR-EIP to gain research experience in laboratories with resources not available at her home institution, including, for example, the NMR facility. She selected Brown for her summer research experience, and will engage her interests in synthetic chemistry and catalysis in Prof. Jerome Robinson’s inorganic chemistry laboratory.