12 March 2007
Two JSU Chemistry Students
Win Alabama Academy of Sciences Awards
Two JSU students competed well in presenting their research in
chemistry at the annual March meeting of Alabama Academy of Sciences (AAS) at Tuskegee University. The competition involved
universities throughout the state including Auburn, Alabama in Tuscaloosa and Huntsville, Samford, Birmingham Southern,
and North Alabama.
|JSU chemistry students who received awards for their research presentations during the annual meeting of the Alabama Academy of Sciences are pictured here, from left to right,
with JSU faculty members: George Cline, biology professor; Kristen Williams; Jan Gryko, chemistry professor; and Sharon Cowing.
Sharon Cowing and Kristen Williams won awards for their research in chemistry. Sharon won second place for her research
on filled fullerenes – a relatively new area of nanochemistry. Sharon's entry in the AAS program for the annual meeting
was listed as: Ab initio studies of filled fullerenes.
Her research will likely be carried onto graduate school
where she plans to get a master’s degree in math and a Ph.D. in chemistry.
Kristen was awarded third place in the chemistry competition for her investigation of materials called anti-perovskites.
Sharon's entry in the AAS program for the annual meeting was listed as:
Kristen has already been recruited by Georgia Tech’s graduate program with a very attractive scholarship.
- Density functional (DFT) studies of anti-perovskites. Kristen Williams,
Dr. Jan Gryko, chemistry professor at JSU, supervised both students. He stated, “A strong undergraduate research at JSU
prepared both students to compete at a high level of excellence and to continue their success in graduate schools
and industrial careers.”
This is a second time that Dr. Gryko’s students won awards at the statewide research symposium.
Last year, his students won three first places in a similar competition.
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