CVS-ACS Announces Sixth Annual SURF Award Winners

The Connecticut Valley Section of the American Chemical Society (CVS-ACS) has granted Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) awards to three students to support their work in research labs for the summer of 2019. This SURF provides a $3,500 stipend to students in their sophomore or junior year of college. Award winners and respective advisors will attend and present at the 2020 CVS-ACS Undergraduate Research Symposium.

Victoria Livingston has been an undergraduate researcher in the Pinkhassik Lab in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Connecticut throughout the 2018-2019 academic year, and is a chemistry major currently finishing up her sophomore year. Over the summer, she will be working on constructing aerogel-like hybrid structures produced by crosslinking hollow polymer nanocapsules via click chemistry. To learn more about the Pinkhassik Lab, please visit: https://pinkhassik.research.uconn.edu/

Allison Zupan

Allison Zupan has also been an undergraduate researcher in the Pinkhassik Lab throughout the 2018-2019 academic year and is also a chemistry major currently finishing up her sophomore year. Over the summer, she will be working on selective C-H bond activation through restricted access of substrates to catalysts with the goal of enhancing the performance of homogeneous catalysts encapsulated in hollow, porous nanocapsules.

Analyse Giordano

Analyse Giordano is an allied health sciences major currently finishing up her junior year. She has been an undergraduate researcher in the Suib Lab in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Connecticut since her freshman year. Over the summer, she will be working on developing an improved model for continuous glucose monitors (CGMs) in the body by introducing small nodes to the devices that are expected to prevent macrophages from being able to adhere to the device. To learn more about the Suib Lab, please visit: https://wp.suibgroup.uconn.edu/

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