Alumni Bequest Will Have A Lasting Impact on Incoming Graduate Students.
July 15, 2013
The Department of Chemistry is able to expand the number of summer research fellowships it offers to incoming graduate students, thanks to the generous bequest of alumnus James K. Davis, BS '36, MS '37, Ph.D. '41, who passed away March 30, 2012 (Davis obit). Dr. Davis worked as a chemist for Corning for more than 40 years. He established the James and Madalene Davis Graduate Fellowship Fund which will create a cohort of Davis Fellows who will spend the summer preceding the formal start of their graduate studies conducting research in the Chemistry Department. “We are grateful to Dr. Davis for his vision and his generosity. The James and Madalene Davis Graduate Fellowship Fund will allow the UM Department of Chemistry to attract top students to our program, “ said Carol Fierke, Jerome and Isabella Karle Collegiate Professor of Chemistry and Chemistry Department Chair.
This summer's Davis Fellows are Joshua DeMuth, Nick Miller, Alex Nett, and Junqi Wang. Candidates were selected on a combination of GPA, number of publications and number of presentations. Joshua is working in Professor Anne McNeil’s research group whose research focuses on the design and synthesis of novel organic materials. Nick is working with Professor Kevin Kubarych’s research group who are looking at the basic design and functional principles behind the structure and function of biological molecules and chemical reactions. Alex is working with Professor Nate Szymczak’s research group who are working on uncovering new strategies to develop catalytic methods for energy recycling and delivery. Junqi is working with Professor Raoul Kopelman’s research group which is working on nanoparticals designed to image or target biological entities to combat cancer.