Reports: SE52667-SE: ACS Scholars Program

Robert J. Hughes, American Chemical Society

Since its inception in 1995, the American Chemical Society (ACS) Scholars program has awarded over 2440 college scholarships to minority students pursuing degrees and careers in the chemical sciences. The PRF has made grants of $50,000 to the ACS Scholars Program since 2007. During the 2012-2013 academic year the PRF funds were assigned to 10 students majoring in and planning careers in the chemical sciences and conducting undergraduate research related to petroleum and fossil fuels. The record shows that being selected by the American Chemical Society for this scholarship award not only reduces the students’ financial burden but it also boosts their confidence resulting in higher academic achievement. The PRF grant helps these students progress toward their bachelor’s degrees and beyond.

The following 10 Scholars benefitted from the PRF grant during academic year 2012-2013 and are either currently in good standing and renewed in the ACS Scholars Program, or graduated during or at the end of the 2012-2013 academic year.

Kevin Chavez, SUNY at Stony Brook, Biochemistry: Conducting research on transient species to facilitate evaluation of the absorbance and combustion of hydrocarbon fuels. Will graduate May 2014

Ian Colinas, University of California Santa Cruz, Chemistry: Conducted research on Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs) as applied to photocatalytic solar energy conversion, bioluminescence and ion-exchange. Graduated June 2013

Trishelle Copeland-Johnson,University of South Florida, Chemical Engineering: Conducted research developing system for monitoring pressure changes in steam methane reformers. Graduated December 2012.

Pedro Cruz, University of California Irvine, Chemistry: Conducting research on the synthesis of monozite (La(PO)4) and La0.96Sr0.04PO4 (fuel cells). Will graduate May 2014

Carmen Gil, University of Florida, Chemical Engineering: Conducting research on petroleum and fuels with Marathon Oil Corporation; also at the University of New South Wales in the area of thermal energy harvesting using thermoelectrics, and energy storage using batteries and hydrogen. Will graduate May 2014

Robert Golsby,University of Cincinnati, Chemical Engineering: Conducting research on alternative energy in the turbo-machinery lab at the University of Cincinnati. Will graduate May 2014

Elizabeth Ingram,Louisiana State University, Chemical Engineering/Petroleum Engineering: Conducting research on petroleum engineering, working in petroleum lab. Will graduate December 2013

Jeremy Morales Madrigal,University of California San Diego, Chemical Engineering: Conducted research through SURE program with chemical engineering department at the Center on Polymer Interfaces and Macromolecular Assemblies. Graduated June 2013

Victor Murcia,Rochester Institute of Technology, Chemistry: Conducting research in the area of Organic Photovoltaic Devices. Will graduate May 2014

Zachary Siegel, Clemson University, Chemical Engineering: Conducted research in electrical properties of hydrogels, environmental intern at electric utility. Graduated May 2013