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The department presents awards annually to undergraduate and graduate students for accomplishments in academics and leadership. Congratulations to all students who received awards!

Joy Jiang ’19, biochemistry concentrator and Andrew Ton ’20, chemical physics concentrator, have been awarded Royce Fellowships by Brown University for independent research projects.

Elianna Isaac (first-year graduate student) has received an honorable mention from the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program, and alumni Robert Lusi ’15 and Drew Morrill ’13 have won awards for 2018.  

Joseph Capani, Jr., a senior Chemistry concentrator, has been awarded the 2018 Outstanding Student Award from the RI American Chemical Society. This award is given annually to one student from each institution of higher education in the State of RI. At Brown, the awardee is nominated by Chemistry Department faculty. Joe is completing his research in the laboratory of Professor Matthew Zimmt.

Photo of students presenting at the Rhode Island science fair

In 2017, Professor Brenda Rubenstein, Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Brown, received an advocate grant from Science of Society and the Public, establishing the Brown Advocate Program with help from a group of mentors from the local community.

Junrui Li, a fourth-year graduate student in that lab of Prof. Shouheng Sun, has been recognized with the 2018 Metalor Technologies Student Award. Junrui’s project focuses on developing Pt-, Pd-, and Au-based alloys as catalysts for the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) and oxidation of methanol/ethanol for polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells.

Two Chemistry Department graduate students will instruct courses for Summer @ Brown, the largest Pre-College program bringing thousands of middle and high school students to Brown’s campus, in 2018.

Richard M. Stratt, Newport Rogers Professor of Chemistry and Professor of Physics, has been invited to deliver the 21st Strouhal Lecture at Charles University in Prague on March 7, 2018. The annual Strouhal Lecture is one of the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics' ceremonial lectures, named in honor of renowned Czech physicist Prof. Dr. Čeněk Strouhal.

On January 23, 2018, the Department of Chemistry hosted its second annual STEM Day, co-sponsored by the Rhode Island Section of the American Chemical Society. 60 high school students joined us from two public charter schools in Providence, RI: Times Squared STEM Academy and the 360 School.  

The Deparment of Chemistry is pleased to announce an award of $4.1 million from DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency). This award, titled "Chemical CPUs: Computational Processing via Ugi Reactions," will bring together researchers from across fields of chemistry at Brown, as well as Brown's School of Engineering, to tackle the issue of data storage from various perspectives. Faculty from Chemistry include Brenda Rubenstein (Principal Investigator), Peter Weber, Eunsuk Kim, and Jason Sello. 

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