8/16/12 Rock Hill, SC - Winthrop chemistry major Destinee Johnson has just been
competitively selected for the DOW-MIT Access program and will be spending the
first part of her 2012 fall break in Cambridge, MA. With support provided by
Dow Chemical Company, the DOW-MIT ACCESS program goal is to increase the
diversity of qualified applicants to PhD programs in chemistry, chemical
engineering and materials science throughout the United States. http://access.mit.edu/index.php/what-is-access/dow-partnership
ACCESS is a weekend of educational and informative events
that introduces talented juniors and seniors to the benefits of a graduate
education in chemistry, chemical engineering, and materials science. The goal
of ACCESS is not to prepare students for graduate school at MIT specifically,
but rather to introduce them to the advantages of choosing a graduate career
path at an institution that best meets each participant's individual
needs. The weekend-long program offers students
an overview of graduate education through seminars, faculty talks, and
interactive sessions, all designed to give a greater understanding of the
application process and an insight into the doors a graduate career can open.
Destinee is a Winthrop McNair Scholar and a Winthrop
Honors student. During each of the past two summers, she has conducted
full-time research in Dr. Nick Grossoehme's laboratory investigating protein
regulation mechanisms of intracellular copper concentrations.
4/25/2012 Charlotte, NC - Each year, the Carolina-Piedmont Section of the American Chemical Society, comprised of approximately 1,200 chemistry professionals from the Charlotte metropolitan area, western North Carolina and Upstate South Carolina, makes three awards to undergraduate students from Universities in the section. Students are nominated by their respective colleges and a committee of working chemistry professionals selects the award recipients.
Chemistry senior Zachary Curry and a Davidson College student have been named co-winners of the 2012 ACS Piedmont Undergraduate Scholastic Achievement Award. Chemistry senior and volleyball captain Becca Toor has been selected for the 2012 ACS Piedmont Undergraduate Leadership Award and Chemistry senior Abigail Bradner has won the 2012 ACS Piedmont Undergraduate Research Award.
While former students have won each of these awards in the past, Winthrop has never had winners in all three categories in a single year. This was also one of the most challenging years for faculty since we could only nominate one student among the several truly exceptional finalists there were in each of these categories.