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RCSA Announces Cottrell College Science Awards

June 26, 2012

Tucson, AZ – June 21, 2012 – Research Corporation for Science Advancement (RCSA) today announced the 2012 Cottrell College Science Awards – a total of $1.8 million in grants to support 51 early career scientists at primarily undergraduate institutions in the United States. The Awards support significant research that contributes to the advancement of science and to the professional and scholarly development of faculty and their students.

The Cottrell College Science Awards (CCSA) provide crucial recognition and funding to primarily undergraduate institutions, which play an outsized role in graduating students who go on to earn PhDs, and to the faculty at these institutions as they work to establish their own labs. This year’s awards fund 44 grants—40 to single investigators and four multi-investigator teams representing 11 researchers. It is anticipated that these scholars will conduct research with 400 undergraduate students. The grants went to 36 institutions in 22 states.

Recent research conducted by RCSA Program Director Silvia Ronco demonstrates the success of the CCSA program. Ronco said that fifty percent of the students of faculty who receive CCSA awards proceed to graduate school.

In addition, in 2009, 6,936 US college students received baccalaureate degrees in chemistry from primarily undergraduate institutions. Of those, 2,844 (41 percent of the national total) came from schools which received the bulk of RCSA’s Cottrell College Science Award (CCSA) funding for early-career researchers in the last 15 years.

The Awards are given for research in the physical sciences (astronomy, chemistry, and physics) or for research in closely related fields that significantly overlaps the physical sciences. Eligible faculty must be within the first three years of a first tenure-track appointment and within 12 years of receiving a doctoral degree. Undergraduate students must be involved in all aspects of the research projects.

Three institutions earned two awards in this grant-making cycle:

  • California State University, Fullerton
  • Illinois State University
  • Texas State University, San Marcos

“Research involving early career scientists and students is crucial to American scientific leadership,” said Dr. James M. Gentile, President and CEO of Research Corporation for Science Advancement. “The Cottrell College Science Awards provide funding that enables dedicated faculty members to establish research programs and allows students to engage in research directly. Both purposes are essential to challenging and retaining talented faculty and promising students in the sciences.”

A complete list of this year’s Award-winners is attached.

For additional information, contact Emma McKinstry at Goodman Media International, (212) 576-2700 or emckinstry@goodmanmedia.com.

About Research Corporation for Science Advancement (RCSA)

Research Corporation for Science Advancement (www.rescorp.org) – formerly known as Research Corporation – is the oldest foundation devoted wholly to science and celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. Research Corporation for Science Advancement (RCSA) is a leading advocate for the sciences and a major funder of scientific innovation and of research in America’s colleges and universities. Follow updates from RCSA on Facebook and Twitter.

Multi-Investigator Cottrell College Science Award

 
Dr. Veronica Barone
Dr. Bradley D. Fahlman
Central Michigan University – Mt. Pleasant, MI
Chemical Unzipping of Doped Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes
for Energy Storage Applications
Physics   
Dr. Natalia V. Connolly   
Dr. Wei-Jen Change
Dr. Alistair Campbell
Hamilton College – Clinton, NY
Novel Computational Techniques for Investigating Gene
Interaction Networks in Ichthyopthirius Multifiliis and its
Endosymbiotic Bacteria
Physics        
Dr. Stephanie S. Strand
Dr. Mark J. Snider
Dr. Melissa M. Schultz
College of Wooster – Wooster, OH
Microbial Degradation of Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care
Products during Wastewater Treatment
Chemistry  
Dr. Edward J. Crane III                                                 
Dr. Matthew Sazinsky
Dr. Jade Star Lachey
Pomona College – Claremont, CA
An integratedStudy of the Enzymology, Microbiology and
Geology of Sulfur-Based Respiration: from Molecular
Mechanisms to the Bio- and Geosphere
Chemistry  
   

Single-Investigator Cottrell College Science Award

 
Dr. Mark R. Ams
Allegheny College – Meadville, PA
Molecular Torsion Balances for Probing the Distance
Dependency of CH-pi Interactions
Chemistry 
Dr. James Wollack
St. Catherine University – Saint Paul, MN
Enzymatic and Chemical Synthesis of Strained Ring Containing
Proteins and Oligonucleotides for use in Tetrazine
Cycloaddition.
Chemistry
Dr. Tatiana R. Prytkova
Chapman University – Orange, CA
The Protein Structure and Mobility control of Electron Transfer
Reactions in Ru-Modified Proteins.
Chemistry
Dr. Kerry A. Rouhier
Kenyon College – Gambier, OH
Defining the Role of Arabidopsis thaliana Methylmalonate
Semialdehyde Dehydrogenase in Lipid Metabolism
Chemistry  
Dr. Eric James Watson
Seattle University – Seattle, WA
The Synthesis and Reactivity of Novel Triple-layer Bimetallic
Complexes: Model Systems for Organometallic Molecular
Wires
Chemistry 
Dr. Michael David Bridges
California State University, Fullerton – Fullerton, CA
Equilibrium Dynamics and Binding Kinetics of Intrinsically
Disordered Cancer Proteins by EPR Spectroscopy.
Chemistry
Dr. Sharon Jane Gerbode
Harvey Mudd College – Claremont, CA
Particle-Scale Dynamics of Impurity Defect Expulsion in
Colloidal Crystals
Physics   
Dr. David Joel Gorin
Smith College – Northampton, MA
Selectivity in Complex Contexts: Directing Chemical Reactions
with DNA-Small Molecule Conjugates
Chemistry
Dr. Kristine A. Nolin
University of Richmond – Richmond, VA
Rhenium(V)-Oxo Catalyzed Addition Reactions
Chemistry
Dr. Nicholas J. Robertson
Northland College – Ashland, WI
Synthesis of High Molecular Weight Polyester and Polyamide
Architectures Derived from Biorenewable Monomers
Chemistry 
Dr. David Hanneke
Amherst College – Amherst, MA
Quantum Logic Spectroscopy of Charged Molecules
Physics
Dr. Jun-Hyun Kim
Illinois State University – Normal, IL
Construction and Modification of Stimuli-Responsive Hollow
Polymer Nanoparticles for Targeted Drug-Delivery Vehicles
Chemistry 
Dr. Heather Lynn Abbott-Lyon
Kennesaw State University – Kennesaw, GA
Radiation Induced Prebiotic Chemistry at Ice-Mineral
Interfaces
Chemistry
Dr. Prashanth Jaikumar
California State University, Long Beach – Long Beach, CA
r-Mode Oscillations and Gravitational Wave Signatures of
Hybrid Neutron Stars
Physics
Dr. Amy L. Lane
University of North Florida – Jacksonville, FL
A Genetic-Chemical Approach for Exploring Biotic Interactions
as Activators of Natural Product Biosynthesis Among Marine
Bacteria
Chemistry 
Dr. Corina Maeder
Texas State University, San Marcos – San Marcos, TX
Regulation of the Essential Splicing Helicase Brr2 by U5
snRNP Proteins During Spliceosome Assembly.
Chemistry
Dr. David S. N. Rupke
Rhodes College – Memphis, TN
Feedback in Major Galaxy Mergers: A Comprehensive Survey
of Wind Structure and Power Sources
Astronomy
Dr. Kristin Michelle Slade
Hobart and William Smith Colleges – Geneva, NY
The Effects of Macromolecular Crowding on Enzyme Kinetics in
the Mitochondria
Chemistry
Dr. Mishkatul Bhattacharya
Rochester Institute of Technology – Rochester, NY
Optomechanical Rotation Sensors: Theoretically Identifying and
Circumventing the Quantum Limits to their Sensitivity
Physics 
Dr. William Reed Collins
Fort Lewis College – Durango, CO
From Carbon Nanohoops to Nanotubes: New Approaches to
the Chemical Synthesis, Elaboration, and Application of the
 [n]Cycloparaphenylene Family
Chemistry
Dr. Christian E. Laing
Wilkes University – Wilkes-Barre, PA
Modeling RNA Tertiary Structure by Merging SHAPE
Chemistry with Comparative Sequence Alignment
Chemistry 
Dr. Abby R. O'Connor
Ramapo College of New Jersey – Mahwah, NJ
New Ni(II) and Pd(II) Complexes Containing Hemilabile
Pendent Arene Groups to Catalyze the Polymerization of
Olefins and Polar Monomers
Chemistry 
Dr. Peifang Tian
John Carroll University – University Heights, OH
Modeling the Light Propagation in Brain Tissues using Monte
Carlo Simulation with a Dynamic and Heterogeneous Tissue
Model
Physics
Dr. Justin K. Hines
Lafayette College – Easton, PA
Investigating Potential Amyloid-Membrane Interactions: The
Role of an Auxilin-type Molecular Chaperone in Yeast Prion
Propagation.
Chemistry
Dr. Mike J. Twiner
University of Michigan, Dearborn – Dearborn, MI
Algal Toxins as Phosphatase Inhibitors: Identification of New
Targets and Structure-Activity Characterization
Chemistry
Dr. Mehnaaz Ali
Xavier University of Louisiana – New Orleans, LA
Aptamer-Based Biosensors with Co-factor Modulated Enzyme
Signaling
Chemistry
Dr. Megan E. Bolitho
University of San Francisco – San Francisco, CA
Rational Design, Chemical Synthesis, and Biochemical
Evaluation of Small-Molecule Inhibitors of the LuxS Enzyme
Chemistry
Professor Joseph Carson
College of Charleston – Charleston, SC
Extrasolar Planet Imaging Studies with the Hubble and Spitzer
Telescopes
Astronomy
Dr. Tania Betancourt
Texas State University, San Marcos – San Marcos, TX
Responsive Hydrogels Based on Binary Nucleic Acid Probes
for Molecular Detection and Triggered Drug Release
Chemistry   
Dr. Justin Joseph Donato
University of St. Thomas – Saint Paul, MN
Shedding Light on the Mechanism of Action of an Enzyme that
Confers Resistance to a Common Antimicrobial Agent
Chemistry
Dr. Klebert B. Feitosa
James Madison University – Harrisonburg, VA
Transient Glassy Dynamics of Dense Emulsions at the
Particle Level
Physics 
Professor Benjamin C. Gorske
Bowdoin College – Brunswick, ME
Synthesis of Peptoid/Thiopeptoid Hybrids as Polyproline Type
II Helix Mimics.
Chemistry
Dr. Swapan Jain
Bard College – Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
Synthesis of Novel Purine Analogs and Evaluation of their
Binding to Xanthine Phosphoribosyl Transferase (XPT) Mrna
Chemistry 
Dr. Amy Lytle
Franklin and Marshall College – Lancaster, PA
Investigation of the Effect of Counterpropagating Light on
Perturbative-Regime Frequency Conversion
Physics 
Dr. Christopher C. Marvin
Hendrix College – Conway, AR
Visible Light Photocatalytic Oxidation of Amines to Iminium
Ions: Amine Scope and Mannich Cyclizations with Allyl and
Vinyl Silanes
Chemistry
Dr. T. Andrew Mitchell
Illinois State University – Normal, IL
Toward the Building Blocks for the Convergent Total
Synthesis of Muironolide A
Chemistry
Dr. Shannon O'Leary
Lewis and Clark College – Portland, OR
Understanding Noise from Quantum Interference for a Novel
Atomic Magnetometer
Physics
Dr. Lisa E Prevette
University of St. Thomas – Saint Paul, MN
Characterization of the Interaction Between Cell-Penetrating
Compounds and Glycosaminoglycans
Chemistry
Dr. David A. Rider
Western Washington University – Bellingham, WA
Conducting Polymer/Nanoparticle Interfacial Layers for
Hydrogen Fuel Cells
Chemistry
Dr. Nicholas Salzameda
California State University, Fullerton – Fullerton, CA
Discovery and Optimization of Small Molecule Inhibitors for
the Botulinum Neurotoxin Type E Light Chain
Chemistry 

 

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