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Emma Southgate

Organic Chemistry graduate student Emma Southgate received a 2017 WCC Merck Research Award.

This prestigious award recognizes up to eight female graduate students entering their 3rd or 4th year of graduate school. This award is sponsored by the American Chemical Society. Emma will present her research at the August ASC meeting.



Jefferson Chan, David Sarlah and Josh Vura-Weis named Sloan Research fellows They have been selected to receive the 2017 Alfred P. Sloan Resarch Fellow.

2017 Sloan Fellows
Burke-Li Nobel Signature Award

Award for Graduate Education in Chemistry

Junqi Li, now a Postdoctoral researcher at the University of California, Berkeley, and her research advisor Martin D. Burke won the Nobel Signature Award for Graduate Education in Chemistry. Their research focused on transforming iterative cross-coupling with MIDA boronates.


David Sarlah receives a 2017 NSF CAREER Award for his proposal "New Dearomative Methods and Strategies for Organic Synthesis".

David Sarlah
Lydia Kisley.2016

Postdoc Lydia Kisley named to Forbes 30 under 30 for 2017

Postdoctoral fellow Lydia Kisley, who was featured in the Forbes 30 Under 30 List for 2017. The annual list highlights innovators who are under 30 years old and work in a variety of different industries, from media to manufacturing.

Kenneth Suslick named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. Ken was recognized for spirit of innovation. LAS News Article.

Ken Suslick
Prof. Yi Lu and Catherine Murphy photo
Yi Lu and Catherine Murphy have been named to the Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researchers list for 2016. UIUC News Bureau article.
Chad Rienstra is among six Illinois faculty members elected as 2016 Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He was selected for "distinguished contributions to the development of solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance for structural determination of large biomolecular assemblies relevant to human disease". UIUC News Bureau article.
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